We wrote about the discontinued SUVs that could return soon. But, we couldn’t see this coming. The 2019 Chrysler Aspen could make a comeback, again as a crossover. The nameplate was popular, and the company tried to revive it in 2007. However, the economic crisis hit the entire industry, and it turned out this was the bad moment for the launch. Now, the FCA has a different approach.
Ten years ago, Aspen SUV took the same platform as Dodge Durango. Now, the base for the crossover will be a minivan. Chrysler name is not famous as it was, and one of its best-selling products is Pacifica. A versatile minivan is one of the leaders in its segment, mostly because of its hybrid engine. Of course, the first question coming to minds of many fans is – will 2019 Chrysler Aspen SUV be a hybrid crossover? We will analyze all the possibilities and outcomes based on the existing information.
2019 Chrysler Aspen SUV Engines, Specs
If the 2019 Chrysler Aspen SUV is taking the Pacifica as its role model, it is normal to expect the same drivetrain for both vehicles. The minivan is using a 3.6-liter V-6 unit, which can deliver 290 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Dodge Durango is using the same engine in its base variant, but with higher outputs. So, since the Aspen is about to take a position in a luxury SUV class, this engine would be powerful enough.
A nine-speed automatic transmission should be a router for all these horses. Buyers will probably have options to choose between 2WD and 4WD. Nevertheless, we could see the 2019 Chrysler Aspen SUV as the all wheel-drive crossover. The vehicle will weight probably as much as the Pacifica, so the gas mileage could be the same, around 24 mpg combined.
Well, the minivan is well-known for its hybrid drivetrain. Fans, experts, enthusiasts, and even competitors are pretty sure that 2019 Chrysler Aspen SUV is coming with such power source as well. The petrol unit is the same, a 3.6-l mill. Dual-electric motors and a 16 kW battery completes the hybrid system which is capable to produce 260 hp. Pacifica, and Aspen as well, will make up the power loose with better mileage. Combined, the new SUV will be able to return 32 mpg. On the other hand, 2019 Chrysler Aspen can go 35 miles by using only electric power from batteries.
2019 Chrysler Aspen SUV Competition
As the new hybrid in the segment, the only competitor in the class would be Toyota Highlander. It is the only mid-size crossover to offer such drivetrain, so 2019 Chrysler Aspen SUV won’t have too many troubles with rivals. On the other hand, the regular petrol class is one of the most popular in the industry. But again, Nissan Pathfinder and Mazda CX-5 can’t compete with Aspen since it is taking the position as the luxury SUV.
2019 Chrysler Aspen SUV Design
Being a premium crossover means high price. We still can’t estimate it, but experts are sure that 2019 Chrysler Aspen SUV will be packed with the latest features. As about the exterior styling, the crossover is going to use the same platform as a minivan. Nevertheless, the company can’t turn Pacifica into the new vehicle. Crossovers are much more aggressive, with a higher ground clearance. But, FCA is not going to put too much effort into Aspen’s off-road capabilities. They already have Jeep crossovers doing a good job there.
Inside everything will be premium. From leather seats and upholstery to the modern infotainment system. Rear entertaining features could include screens and music players. Climate control, dashboard, unique details, and distinctive accents will make 2019 Chrysler Aspen SUV different from its minivan sibling.
2019 Chrysler Aspen SUV Release Date
The Fiat-Chrysler group plans to launch the premium crossover by the end of next year. Fans would like to see it sooner, but the development and turning the minivan into a crossover is not so easy.
Unlike the other rumors, the 2019 Chrysler Aspen SUV seems pretty possible. The company has a vacant space in the segment it is about to take. Also, the nameplate was very popular, and the comebacks always draw special attention.