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Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has shed a little light on the future of a few Chrysler products, including the Jeep Compass, Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Dart. While speaking at the Chrysler Belvidere Assembly Plant, Marchionne said both the Jeep Patriot and Compass will continue to be build at the facility through 2014, at which point it will be replaced by a new model. The executive was mum on the Patriot's future, however. Marchionne also tipped his company's hand on the development of a Dodge Dart SRT model, saying the machine is coming. Right now, the company is simply trying to decide "how big an engine we stick in it."

That has to be a fun debate.

Then there's Chrysler Town & Country. We've already heard word that Chrysler aims to kill off either the Dodge Grand Caravan or the Town & Country, and now it appears the latter is destined to leave the market. Marchionne said the Grand Caravan will be the automaker's only minivan moving forward and that Chrysler will fill the void in its lineup with a new, smaller upscale crossover. Details are slim on that model, though other reports have suggested the machine may resemble to the unloved Mercedes-Benz R-Class.


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      ken
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think Fiat has missed a chance to really upgrade T&C to be a real luxury Minivan. With the rising gas price, people will eventually move out from CUV & SUV to real people carriers.
      brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      So the Town and Country is to become the new Pacifica? Should have done that in the first place - The Pacifica was a good machine
      AcidTonic
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looking forward to hearing the specs on the SRT-4. I'm really hoping they choose to compete with the WRX/STI and give us AWD. But they will probably give us FWD and shoot for less serious vehicles like the GTI and Focus ST.
        k_m94
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Normally, I'm the first to deride you for wanting AWD with everything that has 4 wheels and an engine. But it's true. Once you start getting near 300hp, FWD just wont cut it any more. Cornering itself can be band aided by a trick differential, torque vectoring, inside wheel braking, and such a powerful little FWD car can do great in corners. But nothing short of drag tires is gonna effectively handle lots of power to the "wrong" wheels without endless wheelspin due to unfavorable weight transfer. The Focus RS: great lust worthy car, but 5.8-6.2 seconds to 60 with 300-350hp and moderate weight is plain wasteful. Didnt stop it from being a surprisingly well behaved and agile funbox, but the front wheels cant handle 300hp. No argument there.
      car-a-holic
      • 3 Years Ago
      Put that compass down; it's the most humane thing to do. Really.......
      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good to see that the Compass is being axed. It never fit into the rugged image of Jeep.
        ThomasP
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        the problem, is that the rugged image of Jeep doesnt really fit into the modern automotive landscape.
          HustlinFlip
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ThomasP
          Wrangler's record sales figures say otherwise
          ThomasP
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ThomasP
          Okay. So a lot of people want a rugged vehicle. So they bought a Wrangler. Now why would anyone buy any other Jeep.
      GoSpeedRacerGo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd like to see Chrysler's reasoning behind killing the T&C in favor of a crossover. The T&C is a good seller, but it probably needs a little more differentiation from the entry-level Caravan. Why create a new & unproven product and dump all the extra marketing $$ into it when you already have a proven model? Sales of the Pacifica never approached that of the T&C, so I'm not sure how they think another new crossover can, especially if there's any resemblance to the R-Class.
      L14t
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dart SRT, Focus ST, now chevy needs a Cruze SS with GM's 2.0 turbo
      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Woo SRT Dart!
      Classic Bob
      • 3 Years Ago
      I understand the reasoning for going to one minivan, i just question if a new Chrysler crossover can match the sales volume and profitability of the Town & Country/Caravan combo... Caravan sales will certainly go up, but i fear Chrysler’s total minivan volume will be down...
      David Spillman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good. Frankly, I thought it was stupid to kill the Caravan to keep the T&C alive. The Caravan has better recognition, roughly the same equipment content and the prestige of being the first minivan to market.
      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just my opinion, but I think the Compass/Liberty never should have been. Jeep is getting back on track with the excellent JGC and evolutionary improvements to the Wrangler line...hopefully they learned something and won't go back to where they were not long ago.
        jtav2002
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jbm0866
        I've never had a problem with the Liberty myself.
      AMG THIS
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dart SRT4 is said to be 300HP, All Wheel Drive and only have 2 transmission choices. 6-speed manual or 6-speed dual clutch. Yes.
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