Considered as Plymouth's last mid-size car model, the Plymouth Breeze was introduced to the market in 1995. This four-door sedan belonged to a group of vehicles called Cloud Cars together with the Chrysler Cirrus and Dodge Stratus. All three vehicles were considered as siblings and they noticeably had names that were taken from meteorological terms. Here's a quick look at the Plymouth Breeze and its short run.
Design and development
The Plymouth Breeze was created to replace the Plymouth Acclaim--a mid-size sedan which served as the brand's version of Chrysler's AA-body vehicle. Together with its fellow Cloud Cars--the Chrysler Cirrus and Dodge Stratus--the Breeze was built based on Chrysler's JA platform. It also featured a cab-forward design, which was originally found on full-size cars that belonged to the LH platform such as Chrysler Concorde, Dodge Interpid, and Eagle Vision. Though the Breeze was practically identical with the Cirrus and the Stratus, it still possessed several unique features that made it stand out. And one good example of this feature are its ridged tail lights.
Plymouth was intended to be Chrysler's low-priced brand, making the Breeze the company entry-level vehicle for the JA platform. This, however, deprived the model with several features that were standard with its siblings. For instance, it was not furnished with alloy wheels, leather interiors, body-colored door handles, fog lights, a V6 engine, and Chrysler's Autostick transmission system unlike its siblings in the Cloud Car group.
A basic model
Given its basic features and low price, the Breeze was only made available in one basic model and it was almost identical to the base model of the Dodge Stratus. It was powered by either a 2.0 L I4 or 2.4 L four-cylinder engine and it was equipped with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. It also had 14-inch wheel covers and it came with air bags at both the driver and passenger side of the vehicle. Lastly, it was also packed with several features like anti-lock brakes, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, a sunroof, and power windows, door locks, and mirrors.
In 1998 and 1999, the Plymouth Breeze was made available in an Expresso Package similar to the Plymouth Voyager and Neon. This package gave owners special badging unlike typical Breeze models. This variant also featured a unique interior cloth that had a rhythmic pattern and it was also furnished with a new and upgraded audio system.
The Breeze was discontinued in 2000 when Plymouth brand folded. It was not able to match the sales figures produced by the Acclaim, but it was able to sell around 230,000 units, beating its Chrysler Cirrus sibling that was able to outlive it for 2 more years.