The next Fiat Chrysler minivan is supposed to be badged a Chrysler, but spy photographers have snapped pictures of a minivan prototype that appears to be a Dodge.
What gives? In January, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne reiterated that the next minivan would be branded a Chrysler. But he also noted that Reid Bigland, head of U.S. sales and FCA Canada, championed keeping the Dodge Grand Caravan name alive, at least in Canada.
A company spokesman repeated last week that FCA's new minivan will be a Chrysler.
Still, the test vehicle had Dodge's latest steering wheel, taillights similar to those of the Dodge Durango and Dodge colors on the electronic instrument cluster.
Notably absent from the center of the obscured crosshatch grille was the Chrysler brand's winged badge.
The next FCA minivan will be unveiled at the 2016 Detroit auto show. A plug-in hybrid version -- expected to get the equivalent of 75 mpg -- is scheduled to follow shortly after the launch.
The prototype appears to be testing a hybrid powertrain. There is no obvious tailpipe, and its undercarriage has a long, seamed spot weld between its wheels, suggesting a modification to house a large battery pack below the floor.