• Feb 2, 2010

2012 Dodge Magnum patent drawings – Click above for image gallery

Imperfect though it may have been, we kinda miss the Dodge Magnum. Building a low-slung wagon and dropping a Hemi into it took a lot of guts on Chrysler's part. And while it may have been discontinued, it appears to be slated for an encore, albeit in name only.

As we reported a couple of weeks back, Chrysler is considering bringing the Magnum nameplate back for a new crossover to replace the Durango. New U.S. patent drawings have leaked onto the interwebs, giving us a good look at how the new Magnum will appear when it hits the road, anticipated sometime next year as a 2011 or 2012 model.

The new Magnum will definitely be taller than the old one, but considerably more car-like than the body-on-frame Durango it replaces. Underpinnings are expected to be borrowed from the highly anticipated new Jeep Grand Cherokee, with 280-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and 360-hp V8 5.7L V8 on offer.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Use this platform for the next Dakota, offer a Hemi, and I am SOLD!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anybody have a box of crayons?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Like +1
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is one sexy SUV
      • 4 Years Ago
      Won't this technically be the Ram Magnum? Or have I got my brand's mixed up? So many brands so little time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's what I was wondering - if they call it a "Truck/SUV" it should fall under the Ram banner, but if it is smaller, called a CUV, more like a bigger Journey, then I could see it being a Dodge.

        No one has specified exactly what the RAM brand will encompass - body on frame trucks and vans only? Unibody SUV's?
        • 4 Years Ago
        No.

        The ONLY vehicles carried into the Ram brand are the Dakota, and full-size 1500-5500 trucks.

        The SUVs, crossovers, and minivans are all still Dodges.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Still, the last thing we need today is MORE brands. Company's need to understand they are not going to be able to please everyone all the time and trying to do so will only spread them so thin that they will end up falling. Prime example was GM. And now Toyota.

        GM: "Lets have a youth oriented 'Excitement brand!', an 'old people brand' (2?), a 'sporty but fuel efficient brand' etc etc.

        Toyota: "Lets make a youth brand only for young people and their interests". What they forgot was all those adults who still act like kids.

        Chrysler is trying to have a GMC like truck brand. How often has GM been criticized for even having that bran around? I love GM but that is foolish and so is Chrysler having the Ram brand. Pointless.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wonder if that means the Dodge Dakota is now called the Ram Dakota. Wow, that'd be really confusing, and a horrible move for Chrysler to split up the brands.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am all for a Ram Magnum, as long as it is VERY distinct from the Grand Cherokee which it will be sold next to. I would also like to see a touring version of the LX body 300. The old magnum was actually a decent seller, for a wagon, and Chrysler has a market for it in Europe as well as the US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe you're on to something, Greg.

        The RAM brand might get a full-size truck-based SUV to help fill out the lineup. This new SUV will definitely be a Dodge. The M-B platform from which it was derived is quite robust (the GL uses a larger version of the same platform) and can support a much bigger vehicle than what's shown in the patent sketch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they launch a new wagon on the LX platform,maybe they could just call it the Charger Wagon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What was imperfect about the Magnum Wagon? That was an awesome car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ok, then it was because they didn't market it so no one bought it. Also, I took my wife and son to the dealership and they hated it. Apparently a lot of people did. Wagons to people are still station wagons. I thought it had a retro look myself, but the public didn't agree. If it was hot, it would have sold without a lot of marketing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Advertising is overrated. Nissan, Honda, and Toyota rarely advertise their vehicles after their first year on the market other than for sales events. The Big 3 and Hyundai advertise like mad. Yes, advertising can help get you sales, but you have to have a quality product that people actually want to back that up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jesus Christ, I may be in the minority but I actually liked the Magnum from the day they came out. In fact I like it more than any car Chrysler has given us in the past decade. That being said, it didn't sell well for the same reason most Chrysler products don't sell, it's called fit and finish. Just about every Chrysler car I've sat in is awfully uncomfortable, the materials are all rubber and cheap plastic, and all share the same boring head unit. Chrysler needs help, hopefully they're in the right hands.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly. No advertising. I'm on my second (only because I wanted the very limited 2008 R/T, there was nothing wrong with the 05 I traded in) and Iove it -- and to this day, there are still people that say ''oh wow, that's a great looking wagon -- what is it?"

        As a Magnum owner, it sucks that there won't be another -- but Durango is so tainted (like so many other Chrysler names) that they have to move on to something else for at least a decade until people forget.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because the interior quality sucked and it had less interior volume than a Fit. What's the point of an impractical wagon? May as well get a sedan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        WRONG...

        It wasn't cause nobody bought it, it was cause Chrysler never did any marketing for it. ONE COMMERCIAL and that was it.

        --RS
      • 4 Years Ago
      inline6, thanks for the correction. The number I got was off a link on GMI. I could not find any numbers with a very quick search online so I used that one.

      Regardless, sales of every Chrysler model plummeted. I have no doubt the Magnum would have benefitted from the refresh the 2011 Charger and 300 are getting and I still believe it would be best to bring it back instead of sticking the name on a Grand Cherokee with a Dodge grille.

      Also, the Dodge and RAM brand nonsense is confusing. Confusing for enthusiasts, confusing for consumers. Whenever I see a RAM ad I can't help but think that people unfamiliar with trucks in general would have no idea what the ads are referring to.

      I would think this SUV would go under the RAM brand too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think you'll find rather more differences between the Magnum and GC than the grille and soft trim.

        I'm pretty sure the Magnum is getting a longer wheelbase to accommodate a 3rd row. Also, if you'll note, the profiles of this and the GC are pretty different. Especially when you look at the bodyside sculpting.

        Think of Ram as pickups and commercial vehicles.

        Dodge is everything else. But I agree. It is confusing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its alright, but boring. It has the trademark Durango arches, the Ram front end and a greenhouse that could be from any crossover - Mini Countryman included. Couldn't they have pushed the envelope a little futher? Maybe the detailing will stand out in production form.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope so, they dropped the ball on the current Durango. It is simply big, ugly and lacking of any character. I like this drawing so far.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it, it still looks big and not too "smooth" like the Euro-luxury SUVs. I just hope it gets a column mounted shifter...
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