The future of the automotive industry lays in SUVs and crossovers, so there’s no doubt that Chrysler needs such a model in its lineup as soon as possible. At this point, we hear nothing but rumors, while reports about the 2021 Chrysler SUV has been coming for a long time. At this point, we can only speculate, but also rely on some insider information, which suggests that the company is actually working on such a model.
From what we have found about the 2021 Chrysler SUV, it looks that a couple of these models will come under this badge. The exact nameplates are still a mystery, while the first model to come will probably be a mid-size crossover. It will probably come as a replacement for Dodge Journey and share most of its parts with the next-generation Grand Cherokee. It probably won’t come with such a wide range of engine options, but it should be notably more luxurious.
2021 Chrysler SUV Design
When it comes to base design characteristics, we expect that the 2021 Chrysler SUV will be a mid-size crossover. As we’ve just mentioned, the new model will most likely have a lot of things in common with the next-generation Grand Cherokee, which is on the way and should hit the market by the end of the year. In practice, this means that both models will ride on the Giorgio platform, which will be significantly stretched for this occasion and also adapted to large-displacement engines.
In terms of the size, we could on somewhere between 117 and 120 inches between the axles, roughly. Of course, an RWD layout is a natural thing, while AWD should be in the offer as well. With Alfa Romeo’s platform, we have no doubt that the new 2021 Chrysler SUV will be light and fun to drive, despite the expected size.
When it comes to styling, it is hard to talk about details. On one side, we definitely expect to see a typical crossover layout, with a little bit sleeker profile compared to traditional SUVs. Also, the overall body style should be designed in a typical wagon-like manner. On the other side, the look of the front end is still a mystery. Simply, Chrysler hasn’t introduced a new model for years, so we can’t say there is something like the company’s new design language. Still, we may presume that a lot of inspiration could be taken from the recently updated Pacifica. The new version of this minivan comes with notably sharper lines and angles, and this could 2021 Chrysler SUV’s direction as well.
The look of the new cabin is also a complete mystery. Still, we may talk about some of the most basic things. As we’ve just mentioned, the new model is about to feature a quite long wheelbase, so there is no doubt that the 2021 Chrysler SUV will come as a 7-seater. The overall dimensions should be similar to the new Grand Cherokee, but we also count on a higher level of luxury. In practice, this would mean finer materials, enhanced aesthetics etc. Of course, we also count on loads of standard equipment, including the latest tech goodies.
2021 Chrysler SUV Engine
The 2021 Chrysler SUV may ride on the same platform as Grand Cherokee, but we don’t expect to see such a wide range of engine options. Most likely, this model won’t be available with all those V8 units. On the other side, we definitely count on a new 2.0-liter turbo-four, which should be the base engine. This unit delivers around 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Instead of eight cylinders, the 2021 Chrysler SUV will come with six. As you’ve probably heard, FCA is working on a new turbo inline-six engine, which will be offered in a couple of output options. The most powerful version should feature more than 500 horsepower, which means we may count on some hi-performance version as well.
2021 Chrysler SUV and Hybrid Powertrain
We also count on some form of electrification and the 2021 Chrysler SUV will most likely come with a familiar plug-in hybrid system. Of course, we count on Pacifica’s familiar system, which is based on a V6 engine and delivers around 260 horsepower. Still, we count on certain modifications in this case, not just in terms of power boost, but also in terms of the battery pack. We count on a larger capacity, which should be able to ensure a little bit longer all-electric range compared to Pacifica, which can go around 30 miles in this mode.
2021 Chrysler SUV Release Date
Despite the rumors and reports, the 2021 Chrysler SUV is still uncertain. Simply, the company is still silent on this matter, while there is no sign of a testing model on the streets. Therefore, there’s a chance that the new SUV will come a little bit later, or it won’t come at all.