• Jul 12th 2007 at 6:27AM
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Dodge's latest crossover (codenamed JC49) has been spotted again, out testing ahead of its sales launch early next year. Likely to be built at Chrysler's Toluca plant, the new crossover is tipped to share its platform with the Sebring family and could even spawn a new version of the PT Cruiser.

Production will kick into gear by the end of this year with roughly 150,000 cars expected to roll off the line annually. Though it's hard to gauge what the new model will look like, previous reports have suggested it'll be styled similarly to the Nitro SUV.

There's a great deal riding on the new JC49. The new crossover is a crucial element of Dodge's first serious attempt at tackling the European market, which means that an economical four-cylinder option is a given and possibly a new diesel unit as well. US markets will wind up with Chrysler Group's 3.5L V6 engine but is North America ready for another Dodge crossover.

[Source: Autoblog.nl]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      It's a short wheel base mini van replacement.
      You will find that the caravan will only have the long wheel base.
      So the rumor goes.
      So what makes it a crossover? A mini van size vehicle with doors that open like a car? Pacifica is like this too.
      What makes the caliber a crossover? It's not long enough to be a wagon, so it's a 5dr hatch back in my opion.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I completely hear what ur saying AMGoff, sometimes it seems like the only thing that differentiates a lot of "crossovers" from a wagon seems to be the lift kit they all have which ironically makes them more "truck like" and reduce aerodynamic fuel efficiency and handling. The bigger crossovers (like the gm lambada triplets for example) aren't really crossovers at all, they're straight up suvs in regards to size and fuel economy, but have lowered towing capabilities.
      • 8 Years Ago
      the entire auto industry is pushing and marketing smaller, safer, more economical, Dogde is making another suv/cuv (same damn thing)
      dopes still no small car.
      sorry I understand buy american, and i have always pulled for them, but it's one constant stupid f'ing move after another for them.
      in some strange way i look forward to the day they go belly up so i can feel that 'what did you expect" feeling.

      one dumb move after another Dodge, cant wait untill you put 3 different badges on it.
      • 8 Years Ago

      Another DCX CUV!!!!!

      • 8 Years Ago
      Then call it a freaking station wagon... or are they just too uncool now.

      These crossovers are not something new... what is a crossover.. hmmm.. a car based vehicle with extra cargo room and utility... yep, sound like a station wagon to me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Dodge Taurus X.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Production will kick into gear by the end of this year with roughly 150,000 cars expected to roll off the line annually."

      With 50% of sales to rental car companies?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Based on the pictures it looks to be designed more like the Caliber than the Nitro. I'm a big fan of Dodge, but I'm just not looking forward to the JC49 at all.
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