Change is in the future for the Dodge brand. As Dodge moves further towards a concentration of performance in their muscle car line-up, the big question becomes what is going to happen to their other models, like the Dodge Grand Caravan. The current production of the Grand Caravan is slated to end in 2019. So what is next for the crossover?
In an article in the Windsor Star, Sam Fiorani, the VP of global vehicle forecasting with AutoForecast Solutions had some thoughts at what the future for the Grand Caravan may be. His thoughts is that the Grand Caravan will be going on ice and be replaced by a new version of the Chrysler Pacifica or something all new. The Grand Caravan is an older crossover and anything that comes next will certainly something new.
A new Pacifica seems reasonable. It’s been getting critical love and the sales certainly show that Chrysler should concentrate on pushing it as their premier minivan. Giving it another option that is aimed at the same buyers of the Grand Caravan is certainly a great idea.
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When it comes to talk about larger vehicles in the Fiat-Chrysler line-up lately, that talk is mostly around the new Chrysler Pacifica and what It is doing for the minivan segment. One of the most popular larger vehicles that remains popular with the buying public but doesn’t generate the press is the Dodge Grand Caravan. What is next for the Grand Caravan now that the Pacifica seems to be stealing its thunder.
That’s the question The Ellsworth American is pondering. The Grand Caravan was originally supposed to be ending its production at the end of the year and the Pacifica would be taking over as the one-true minivan for Fiat Chrysler. It was all part of a plan to try to limit the various brands from undermining themselves in various segments. That plan has been walked back a bit though. Now the Grand Caravan will get another year on its life, but once that year is up, no one is certain what will happen next.
The Ellsworth American doesn’t have any major leak or idea of what is to happen next. What follows the recent history of the Grand Caravan is a love letter to time spent with the Grand Caravan and a reminder of why it may not be time to let go of it. If there was ever a writer making a case for a vehicle to stay on the market, it is in this lovely tale of a “final ride” with the Grand Caravan. Check it out and think if it may be a good reason to keep it around.