The Caravelle was a rebadged Chrysler E-Class as that entry-level model in the Chrysler line-up was not selling well. It was replaced by the Plymouth Acclaim in 1989.
Plymouth Caravelle Overview
Plymouth introduced the Caravelle to the U.S. market in 1985. In the U.S., the Caravelle was a front-wheel-drive, mid-size sedan, and was essentially the counterpart of the Dodge 600 and Chrysler E-Class. This version of the Caravelle was based on Chrysler’s extended K-platform, often referred to as the E-platform. It was available with a variety of four-cylinder engines, both naturally aspirated and turbocharged. A V6 engine option was also available.
The Caravelle was designed to appeal to a broad segment of the car-buying public, offering a balance of comfort, size, and affordability. Throughout its lifespan, the Caravelle came with standard features consistent with sedans of its class during that era, including power steering, air conditioning, and an AM/FM radio, with options for power windows and locks, among other amenities.
The Caravelle, like many vehicles in the Chrysler lineup during the 1980s, was aimed at providing value and comfort for families. While it wasn’t particularly groundbreaking in any specific area, it was a competent offering in the mid-size segment.
Over time, the Caravelle, along with other vehicles in Chrysler’s lineup, was replaced as the company updated its platforms and designs in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The U.S. Caravelle was sold until 1988, when it was replaced by the Plymouth Acclaim.