Two New Vehicles Coming from Chrysler
The Fiat Chrysler lineup has quite the range of vehicles to boast, but when looking at each brand, one seems to be a little light. That would be Chrysler, home to the ever-so-popular Pacifica minivan. Also known for the first hybrid minivan, the Pacifica Hybrid. Although advertised as a hybrid, it’s actually a plug-in, and it’s one of the reasons the Google/Alphabet Inc. Waymo project chose the Pacifica Hybrid to make up its official testing fleet. Past that, Chrysler has the 300 sedan. Coming up in 2019, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) may have two new Chrysler vehicles to add to their lineup.
Yes, the “Journey” moniker seems a bit odd, being that the name currently belongs to the Dodge Journey SUV, but with the Dodge Durango in the spotlight more often than ever, that SUV may be willing to share its name with another auto brand under the FCA umbrella. It’s actually common for all of the FCA-affiliated automakers to share technology, engines, and other components. One of the latest inventions, the mild-hybrid system, eTorque, can be found in the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL and the 2019 Ram 1500.
While on the topic of sharing, this new “Chrysler Journey” is going to be the new Chrysler crossover spoken of back in 2018. Said to originally be built on the already successful Chrysler Pacifica or Jeep Grand Cherokee platform, it seems FCA has switched gears. During the 2018 Shanghai Auto Show in China, Jeep debuted a new SUV being added to their lineup, the Jeep Commander. There was some talk about the new Chrysler crossover also making use of this platform, and according to Allpar, it’s a much likely contender if not official.
Chrysler Portal Coming Soon
Aside from the Chrysler crossover going into production soon, the Chrysler Portal went into production in 2018. For those not aware, the Chrysler Portal is going to be the very first autonomous self-driving vehicle for retail and consumer use from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. After FCA invested $30 million into upgrading their Chelsea Proving Grounds to test a number of self-driving and autonomous vehicles in a variety of conditions, the Chrysler Portal could already be doing the rounds.
However, keep in mind, the original concept only had autonomous abilities up to level three, such as forward collision warning and automatic emergency brakes. Whether the production-ready vehicle will go up to level four or five has yet to be reported, but there is hope. The Waymo project we mentioned earlier? Over 60,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid units make up the self-driving fleet. Moreover, the Waymo is the first and only driverless ride-hailing service in the U.S.
Having recently launched Waymo One, the Waymo project is testing its own ride-hailing app in Phoenix, Arizona. If all goes well, seeing as how Fiat Chrysler and Google/Alphabet Inc. have a partnership together, the same technology in the Waymo can easily be integrated into the Chrysler Portal. Self-driving autonomous vehicles may be on the roads as soon as 2020. Something to look forward to.
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