Dodge Extends Deadline for Dodge Grand Caravan
Well, Ladies and Gentlemen, 2020 marks the death of an icon. Back in February, Dodge had confirmed that it was going to discontinue the production of the legendary Dodge Grand Caravan minivan by the end of May 2020. In just a few days, with the COVID-19 pandemic slowing down sales and keeping would-be car buyers indoors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has decided to push the date back to August 2020, giving consumers another one last chance to get a minivan that will never be on the market again.
So, here is the crazy part. By the end of 2019, the Dodge Grand Caravan accounted for 30-percent of all Dodge sales, having sold 122,648 units. Practically one-third of all Dodge sales goes towards this minivan, and it’s being taken off the lineup this year.
Once August production ends, Chrysler will be closing the order books and the Dodge Grand Caravan will be no more. It’s somewhat surprising, but not at all completely shocking. This family minivan may have made some great memories for the millennial generation, but Dodge has neglected to upgrade the vehicle since its current generation was released in 2007, a time when SUVs and crossovers were starting to get outfitted with better technology that made them more practical and allowed these larger vehicles to spread out through the market at a rapid rate.
We know FCA isn’t giving up on minivans, that much is for sure. The Chrysler Pacifica minivan was the next minivan to adopt the Stow n’ Go seating that made the Dodge Grand Caravan so popular, plus an assortment of modern technologies that never made their way into the Grand Caravan. Followed by the Pacifica minivan was its plug-in hybrid counterpart, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Then, a few years later, the Pacifica lineup was split into two, with the low-end turned into a more mobile-friendly version of the Pacifica, the Chrysler Voyager, equipped with safety features for accessibility and enhanced mobility solutions for the elderly or wheelchair user, including BraunAbility rear- and side-entry conversions, a wider entryway, more interior space, and an enhanced ramp securement system.
With the death of the Dodge Grand Caravan impending, this has led to the internet to do what it does best – make things up. The image below is the latest rendering from the Car News Network on Instagram. Putting up the occasional render, the latest is a Dodge Demon Coupe SUV. Now, we don’t know if Dodge is planning to replace the Dodge Grand Caravan with another SUV, but if the muscle car automaker is looking for another one-off before making the slow transition into mild-hybrid and possibly one-day plug-in hybrid vehicles, this is the kind of hurrah to look for.
The Dodge Durango SRT was the first SUV to get some of that good ol’ fashioned Dodge Challenger SRT love, and the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat has become numero uno for the production line. Alas, we seriously doubt Dodge would make an SUV Demon, or even a sub-compact SUV Demon as illustrated in the above render. It’s just…too crazy, right? Let us know your thoughts on Aventura Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram social media.