In true yo-yo fashion, Chrysler had a habit of capitalizing on every upward market trend – think of the Voyager – and on falling flat on its face at every downturn. The early 90s were not a good time for Chrysler. They didn’t have much on the drawing table that they knew would work, and the Voyager was getting tired. They needed to pull (yet) another rabbit out of the hat! In this case, the rabbit was the 1992 Chrysler Eagle Vision, or just the Eagle Vision in the United States and Canada. Based on a new cab-forward design, the Vision was a modern car, developed at great expense, and that offered something interesting to customers, hence its success and eventual longevity. Despite not being much bigger than the competition, the Vision was extremely roomy, and that’s no exaggeration. The inside was HUGE and the car eminently usable and comfortable, as well as offering an interesting level of performance.
The Eagle Vision was powered by an excellent 3.4-liter V6 engine, with four valves per cylinder, and that produced a very acceptable 214 horsepower. The steel monocoque was front-wheel drive, of course, which maximized even more interior room, and benefited from a fully independent suspension and all-around disc brakes, with ABS. When you have 700 engineers working on something for over three years, you’d better have something good to show for it at the end!
In terms of performance, the Vision could reach a top speed of 134 miles per hour, and accelerate 0-60 in about 9 seconds, respectable figures for a full-size family car with no sports car ambition. The 1992 Chrysler Eagle Vision proved a popular and enduring model, and managed to help pull Chrysler’s chestnuts out of the fire – again.