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Here Are All the Modern Chrysler Models You've Forgotten

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author photo by Doug DeMuro October 2016

Do you ever sit around the house and wonder if there are any interesting cars you've forgotten? Of course you don't. But I do, largely because it's my profession. And so, today, I'm reminding you of five modern Chrysler models you've probably forgotten.

You don't have to feel bad for forgetting these Chryslers, because everyone forgets these Chryslers. You're not alone. But, as you scroll down, I suspect you'll say, "OH, YEAH!" at least once. You may also say, "Wait a minute, I do remember that." This is not my fault. I can't be inside your brain.

Anyway, here are five Chrysler models you've probably forgotten. Or, maybe, you haven't.

Chrysler Aspen

Chrysler Aspen

You certainly haven't forgotten the Chrysler Aspen if you worked at a Chrysler dealership during the end of the 2000s, because it was the hardest vehicle to sell: an upscale Dodge Durango, which was a tough sell at the time, whose sole "upscale" benefits consisted of everything the Durango had in its top trim level, plus chrome. Even harder to sell: While the regular Aspen was offered from 2007 to 2009, they did an Aspen Hybrid in 2008 and 2009, with a hybrid version of Chrysler's HEMI V8. Gas mileage was 19 miles per gallon in the city and 20 mpg on the highway, and I suspect they sold approximately 11 of them.

Chrysler Crossfire

Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6

If you're a sports car enthusiast, you undoubtedly remember the Chrysler Crossfire, a sporty, rear-wheel-drive 2-seater, sold in coupe and convertible form offered from 2004 to 2008. While many car enthusiasts know there was some murky tie between the Crossfire and the Mercedes SLK-Class as a result of the Damiler-Chrysler merger, most don't know the full story or of the SRT-6 performance model. The full story is the Crossfire was based on the SLK chassis and shared many components, including the 3.2-liter V6 engine. From 2005 to 2008, there was also a high-performance model dubbed the Crossfire SRT-6, which used the 330-horsepower 3.2-liter supercharged V6 from the SLK32 AMG. In other words, yes, there was once a Chrysler with an AMG engine.

Chrysler E-Class

Chrysler E-Class

You've heard of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Did you know there was a Chrysler E-Class? Produced in only 1983 and 1984, it was supposed to be a roomier, more luxurious version of the K-Car platform, which also gave us the famous(ly bad) Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant. The most interesting thing about this car is not its styling, performance, marketing or engineering, but rather, its name. Unlike Mercedes-Benz E-Class models, which are called things like, "E320" and "E500," this was actually called the E-Class. Seriously. The trunk had two badges, one that said, "CHRYSLER" and one that said, "E-CLASS." I have no idea why, and I suspect you won't have any luck finding one today.

Chrysler Prowler

Chrysler Prowler

Yes, I know you already know about the Plymouth Prowler, but did you know it was once sold as a Chrysler? It's true. When Chrysler made the decision to end the Plymouth brand, it didn't want to immediately cancel all Plymouth vehicles. So, Plymouths became Chryslers overnight, and suddenly, there was a Chrysler Voyager and a Chrysler Prowler. In the Prowler's case, this lasted only two model years (2001 and 2002) before it was canceled for good, after a fairly successful run that began in 1997. That makes the Chrysler Prowler far rarer than its Plymouth counterpart. If you ever happen to see a Prowler at a car event, be sure to check the badging, because it might not be a Plymouth.

Chrysler TEVan

Chrysler TEVan

The Chrysler TEVan isn't just a Chrysler you've forgotten; it's one you probably never knew about in the first place. Based on the short-wheelbase Chrysler minivan of the 1990s, the TEVan was a fully electric minivan with a huge cost, supposedly north of $100,000. I'm serious. Of course, this is long before the days of widespread electric cars, so the TEVan was a trendsetter, even at that crazy price. Available only in New York and California and purchased in incredibly small numbers (either 56 or 80, depending on who you believe), the TEVan purportedly offered 80 miles of range. Although most (and maybe all) early buyers were local governments and electric utilities, a few TEVans are in private hands today.

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