While we wait for the 2016 NAIAS, Chrysler has posted a mysterious warning on its website. And it has quite a strong statement. It reads “THE FUTURE OF CHRYSLER WILL BE REVEALED IN days : hours : minutes : seconds”, in a countdown towards the new car that will be revealed there. And it brings an invitation as well: “TUNE IN ON 1/11/16 TO SEE IT LIVE”. Right beside the words, you can see the video below, referring to “880”. What would the Chrysler 880 be? We bet it will be its new minivan.
Many things lead us to believe in a new minivan. First of all, the Town & Country successor is sure to be presented at the auto show. Second, because of the number of people in the first “8”. Eight people, a dog and more stuff to carry using the petrol provided by the hose that draws the 8 over a blue background. Only a minivan or an SUV would be able to carry that many people. The Tesla Model S, for the record, is able to carry seven people.
Third, the second 8 and the 0 are drawn by electric cords, an indication that the new car is a hybrid or, more likely, a plug-in hybrid vehicle. The background is green, for the eco-friendlyness the new minivan may provide. Fourth, Chrysler is shifting the naming of its cars to numbers. The future hatchback, if it ever is presented, will be named 100. The new minivan was expected to be named after the 700 Concept. And last, the Chrysler group has already sold a 880 model. Anyway, it beared a Dodge badge and was a sedan, so heritage may not have anything to do with the new car after all. But it is worth knowing, for car culture purposes!
The new minivan is expected to use a Pentastar 3.6 V6 engine, able to produce 211 kW, and to be equipped with ZF’s 9-speed automatic gearbox. The minivan will be built over the RU platform, said to be derived from the CUSW platform, the one used by the Jeep Cherokee. Besides the petrol version, the new 880 was rumored to get a hybrid and even a full electric version, with front-wheel drive and 4WD versions. With the current Chrysler teaser, rumours tend to become facts.