• Jun 9, 2010
We've been picking up bits and pieces of Chrysler product news since Fiat laid out The Pentastar's five year plan back in November, but other than the refreshes planned for the next year we're still a way off from any solid details. Rumors have been trickling in, though, and the latest nugget comes from Motor Trend in the form of a seven-passenger MPV for the Dodge brand. The supposed people hauler would be based on a C-platform Fiat architecture to compete with the Mazda5 and the forthcoming Ford Focus C-Max.
Since Dodge is Chrysler's performance division, the five- or seven-seater would likely feature an expressive design that would convey a sportiness not found in the run-of-the-mill crossover or wagon. Powertrains could well come from Turn, Italy in the form of Fiat's efficient MultiAir engine lineup with an emphasis on sporty performance. MT says the MPV could hit showrooms in calendar year 2012.

Does a sporty MPV make sense for Dodge? We're thinking yes, considering the fact that Dodge is The Pentastar's volume brand, and a sleek people hauler would seemingly fit in the lineup a lot better than the current Grand Caravan. Click on the above image to view MT's full rendering. Fairly attractive if you ask us.

[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it (and I like the Mazda5, was bummed out when the Orlando was cancelled for the US, and am still hoping the CMax is coming), but I lost my faith in Chrysler products a while back. That said, with the Journey in the same market, I'd be surprised if it came here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Move along folks, nothing more than another bit of wild conjecture in the form of pencil sketches, as is the usual for MT.

      Remember when we were supposed to get an S-Type coupe and wagon? Or a first-gen CTS coupe and wagon?

      Remember their sketches of an upcoming Mercedes-Benz compact pickup or Dodge Neon convertible?

      MT does this every issue and they're bad at it. These sketches have nothing to do with industry information and are just a bunch of wishful thinking.

      Now, Fiat does need to replace its aged Multipla, which is a decade old now. But I don't really see them pushing a Dodge version of it in America, especially when the Mazda5 and Kia Rondo sold, together, less than 30k units last year. Ford may be bringing the C-Max into this market.

      But Chrysler has far more important market segments to fill (e.g., midsize and compact cars) with competitive product than they need a niche vehicle like this.
      Carlos
      • 4 Years Ago
      If Dodge can make an affordable, attractive, and fuel efficient(25mpg+ city) 7 person hauler they will have a winner on their hands. However the sinic in me highly doubts(unfortunately) that dodge can do that. Most of their cars, avenger, caliber, durango, and dakota all look like crap, drive like crap, and are swimming in a sea of melted down G.I. Joes. So good luck Dodge because you've got a long row to hoe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it. This should be the next Dodge Caravan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I didn't know the Mazda5 was selling so well it needed competition.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It is, they are everywhere the past 6 months.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's an 'i' in the word Turin.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Of course it makes sense. They need something to play with the C-max and Orlando.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Kinda looks like a stretched out Fiesta...at least the headlights.
        • 4 Years Ago
        For me the headlights remember of... euro fiats... or at least some of them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is from someone that read the article. It's Turin,Italy not Turn,Italy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe this will fill the void once the PT Cruiser is dead.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've been a subscriber to MT for half my life (I'm only 22 but still), and their future cast speculation drawings are NEVER right. I looked through an old box of them from 2000 in my attic and their speculations for everything from the next Mustang, small Lincoln crossover and small RWD Caddy, were so off the mark it was laughable.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Since this is just MT's rendering, there is no point in discussing the design. However, I think that this is the type of vehicle, while perhaps not as exciting as a replacement for the Viper, that could be crucial to the long-term viability of Chrysler. If they can create a volume selling model, which this is, with sufficient quality, then it will be a major victory for Dodge.
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