Fiat’s leadership style of Chrysler has led to the company slowly transitioning to cover more niches with fewer overlapping products. As a result, we’re entering what can best be described as the awkward middle for the Italian-American automaker.
Take, for instance, the Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Avenger, and Dodge Grand Caravan, which are all getting their lives dragged out well beyond what anything thought they would be, according to a report. According to suppliers, the Jeep Wrangler will live on its its current generation through about mid-2018. That’s not entirely surprising, nor is it unwelcome, as the SUV is already terribly antiquated–it has been from the start–and it doesn’t look a whole lot different than the 1941 models that Willys Overland produced to beat the Axis of Evil. No biggie.
It was supposed to be redesigned for 2016, however.
Same with the Dodge Avenger, which was supposed to make like Frodo at the end of the “Lord of the Rings” series. Alas, it’s now apparently staying through the end of 2015. We’re expecting to see a replacement for the Chrysler 200 coming up within a year or less, but plans have pointed to the Dodge version leaving to give Chrysler more breathing room with a larger, more expensive model. That ain’t happening.
Neither is the Dodge Grand Caravan, which will reportedly be with the company until the end of 2017. Chrysler quietly showed off a concept called the 700C that will likely replace the Town & Country minivan in some capacity, but there has been discussion inside Chrysler that Dodge would get a crossover to supplant the Caravan. Oh, and the seven-passenger Dodge Durango would be leaving to make room for it, as Jeep is set to get a new full-size Wagoneer.
If all of this sounds convoluted, that’s because it is. All three of the models anticipated to stick around are selling well beyond expectations, and it wouldn’t make too much sense for Chrysler to kill them off now, would it?
Source: Detroit News