Originally Posted by Crew Member
FIAT released all their 5-year plans today.
Durango confirmed to get refreshed in late '16 and live alongside the Jeep Grand Wagoneer.
For anyone wishing to peruse all the details, here's a great link:
Fiat Chrysler 5-year plan -- Automotive News
With respect to 3 row crossovers (and the Jeep Grand Cherokee), here are the current plans:
1) Dodge Durango to get a "refresh" Jan 2017. I do agree that it seems odd to have a second "refresh" of the same platform, but then again the platform is generally universally praised as far as driving dynamics goes. So a refresh to upgrade interior / electronics / tweak styling, possibly even drivetrain tweaks doesn't seem far fetched.
2) Dodge Journey (you know, the "other" dodge crossover) will get a new model mid 2016.
3) Chrysler: In 2017 Chrysler will have a full size SUV, including a plug-in hybrid variant.
4) Chrysler: In 2018 Chrysler will have a mid-size SUV.
5) Jeep: Grand Cherokee slated for a refresh late 2015, early 2016 (This is about a year ahead of the Durango)
6) Jeep: Grand Wagoneer to debut 2018.
Of course, plans change.
If these plans come to fruition, I'm assuming that the following CUVs will share the same platform:
Chrysler Full Size
It's not clear to me though whether or not the Grand Wagoneer would share the same platform or be built on a completely new one.
Then there is the question of how Chrysler will position the Durango vs. the Chrysler full size. Marchionne isn't one to just slap on different sheet metal. Perhaps the Durango will just live on with something along the lines of the R/T (or even SRT), and Chrysler will have the lion share of trim levels?
I am also extremely pleased with my own Durango after 6 months and 12,000 miles. Just the other day my wife drove it to her chiropractor (her car was in the shop), and the Doctor commented on what a sharp looking vehicle it was as she pulled in. This comment was immediately followed up with the question......wait for it....."what is it?"