The 2021 Chrysler Aspen is becoming more realistic. It’s been ten years since the FCA shut down the only SUV with the Chrysler badge. However, a couple of vehicles of this carmaker is still on the market. Pacifica minivan is definitely competitive, and the FCA could bring back Aspen based on this model and a few Jeep SUVs. Another reason why we believe in its return is big changes in the company.
FCA has two mid-size models, competing with each other – Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango. The other one is getting a new platform – body on frame. It will move its production to another plant, leaving more room for Jeep SUVs. On the other hand, Warren truck plant needs expansion to increase capacity. The 2021 Chrysler Aspen could use this to come back to the stage. In its previous stint, it was a BoF truck-based SUV. Well, do not be surprised if the carmaker uses Dodge Aspen nameplate. Again, this is not the first time we have this combination since the car appeared late in the 70s.
FCA had big plans with Aspen. The SUV market started to grow and carmakers started to build more of these vehicles. Whatsoever, the crisis hit the automotive market and many models were discontinued. Aspen was one of the first. However, it left the trace as one of the first truck-based SUVs. Aspen drew attention with its capabilities and versatility. Now, this segment is dominating the market, but buyers are not so keen on big rigs. There are no too many BoF models available. Toyota 4Runner is definitely the toughest one, and the new Ford Bronco could take the position in the same class.
Is the 2021 Chrysler Aspen Going to Return?
This is the big question. The FCA is a huge carmaker and most divisions are complete. We have all kinds of vehicles, from subcompact crossovers to big SUVs. The new Jeep Grand Wagoneer should take the spot in the full-size class. So, it doesn’t leave too much room for 2021 Chrysler Aspen. Chances to see it back are tiny, but they still exist. By shifting Durango to the body on frame architecture, the carmaker is just warming up these stories.
So, where could Aspen fit? The mid-size segment is full, with Grand Cherokee being a leader in the segment. It even pushed Durango to the new concept. But, there are inquires about the 2021 Chrysler Aspen, and two models could be a kind of twins, like Chevy and GMC models. that will make development easier to the FCA since these SUVs would share the engines.
2021 Chrysler Aspen Specs
Last time we saw the Aspen, it was powered by a 4.7-liter engine, which is not in use anymore. However, its alternative, a 5.7-liter V8 unit is still here and the 2021 Chrysler Aspen could take advantage of its 360 hp and 390 lb-ft. Still, the SUV needs a lighter motor with a better fuel economy. A V6 Pentastar is the main source of power for both Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Definitely, this one is a favorite if engineers decide to downsize the base unit. In this case, buyers can count on 290 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, but not so impressive off-road skills.
SRT and Trackhawk Editions
Besides splitting the mid-size lineup to unibody and body-on-frame models, the FCA will stop using the SRT badge on the only non-Dodge vehicle – Jeep Grand Cherokee. Well, Aspen used to be a Dodge, and we believe the new SUV is getting the SRT edition with a 6.4-liter Hemi engine under the hood. According to sources, the company plans to boost outputs of this V8 unit. The new version is going to produce 500 horsepower. Also, there are cosmetic upgrades for a more attractive appearance.
But, that is not all. The top of the class version could get the most powerful engine in the family. The 2021 Chrysler Aspen Trackhawk edition should use a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 drivetrain, better-known as Hellcat. This mill can deliver 707 hp and currently you can find it under the hood of Jeep Grand Cherokee. Still, this is not guaranteed to happen, since the flagship vehicle, Ram 1500, is still waiting to get it and launch the Rebel TRX version. The good thing is that SUV class is already using the Hellcat engine and engineers can fit it to Aspen without big troubles.
When Will 2021 Chrysler Aspen Be Available?
Even if the company decides to launch the 2021 Chrysler Aspen again, it won’t happen so soon. Priorities are definitely the new truck-based Durango, a three-row Grand Cherokee, and the full-size Grand Wagoneer. Aspen will have to build its reputation from the scratches, and it is going to be very hard with such competition within the family. When you expand the view to other carmakers, then it is still questionable if FCA really needs the new SUV.