Super-luxury seven-seat MPV Chrysler 700c concept made an unexpected Detroit appearance
11 January 2012

This extraordinary concept MPV, badged the Chrysler 700c, appeared on the Chrysler Group stand at the Detroit motor show, though company officials said they knew little about it.

Sources did reveal that mercurial company boss Sergio Marchionne decided that the 700c MPV concept should be pushed onto the stand at the last minute, partly to glean feedback from the public days at the Detroit show.

Although the 700c was badged as a Chrysler, it looks – from the lavish appearance – to have strong Lancia design cues and is rather more Italianate than North American.

Company sources would only say that the 700c was not the shape of the next Chrysler Voyager, although it appeared to based on the same underpinnings.

However, it is possible that Marchionne wants to explore the possibility of a super-luxury seven-seat MPV, which would sit above the Voyager in a future Fiat/Chrysler line-up, even though it is based on the same underpinnings.

Such a vehicle would suit Lancia in the European market and would help stretch the Chrysler brand more upmarket in the US.

Exposure to the US public over the next week or so, would also give valuable feedback to Fiat on how a ‘European’ future Chrysler could be without being too avant-garde for home-market tastes.

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11 January 2012

I've though for quite a while the market could do with a genuine premium seven seater (not something like a converted Mercedes van), so this certainly fits in with that. If Lancia / Chrysler have the perceived image to pull that off is a different thing.

Personally (and I know this is completely subjective), I like the styling.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

11 January 2012

Well, it's certainly different. Nobody could mistake it for a Voyager.

11 January 2012

Hmmm, this makes the Ssangyong Rhodius look almost normal!!

11 January 2012

My thoughts exactly!

11 January 2012

Yay! Chrysler bringing back the funk!

In my mind, I was instantly 7 years old again, spending my 70p pocket money on this, with lime green paint and flames down the sides...

(Long live 'Hot Wheels')

Take no notice... I'm only here for the biscuits

11 January 2012

I think it looks great. It would certainly stand-out in a car park full of 'I've given up' amorphous blobs.

Reminds me of the ItalDesign Columbus concept from the 1992 Turin show, now that was mad. A fully road legal split-level carbon fibre 7-seater with a mid-mounted BMW V12.

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11 January 2012

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Reminds me of the ItalDesign Columbus concept from the 1992 Turin show, now that was mad. A fully road legal split-level carbon fibre 7-seater with a mid-mounted BMW V12.

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That's only got 7 seats?!?!

Looks like it should carry at least double that from the size of the thing!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

11 January 2012

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That's only got 7 seats?!?!

Looks like it should carry at least double that from the size of the thing!

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Yes, unbelievably. Three in the front (with central driving position), four in the back. Apparently designed for 'urban scenarios of the United States.'


11 January 2012

It's certainly reminiscent of the Delta and Ypsilon, and not in a bad way. If it's nothing but a reskinned Voyager and the packaging and visibility aren't too compromised it could well work as a Chrysler / Lancia version, leaving the current Voyager (or something similar) for the Dodge / Fiat brand and those who seek substance over style. Then there's the Scudo, the Journey/Freemont, and the 7-seater versions of the Doblò and the ElleZero. That should be enough choice.

Obviously they would have to fit something a tad more modern than the 165HP 2.8 though; the V6 would do quite nicely.

11 January 2012

My eye's oh my poor eye's

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