Chrysler will recreate its minivans from a scratch, for the first time since 1996. The new 2017 Chrysler Town & Country will have independent front and rear suspensions, and a hybrid option. The optional all-wheel drive dropped from Mopar minivans long ago.
New Chrysler Town & Country 2017 Exterior
2017 Chrysler Town and Country Spy shot
Although the camouflage hides almost all the details, it can be noticed that the minivan will have a new front fascia that is to a great extent inspired by the Chrysler 200. The vehicle also comes with sleeker styling and some Dodge elements which won’t be carried over to production. The restyling will make the van look shorter, while actually being slightly taller.
Side profile and body lines are very similar to the 700C concept, only without the crazy side windows. It has a bit of cab forward design reference to the 1996-2000 Dodge Grand Caravan to it. The rear is entirely different from the concept and looks much more upscale from the current models.
Chrysler Town & Country 700C Concept
2017 Chrysler Town & Country Interior
The interior is even more disguised than the exterior, but it features a Dodge-originating steering wheel, a digital instrument cluster and an infotainment system. The wood trim can also be seen, accompanied by metallic accents and a rotary gear selector.
A number of tech goodies including the popular Uconnect interface with an 8.4” screen in the dashboard, is expected. It appears that Chrysler may even add a digital screen in the instrument cluster.
Engine and Specs
Engine options still remain officially unconfirmed, but 2017 Chrysler Town & Country could be powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission with a “knob” shifter. Chrysler’s five-year plan also revealed some hints of a plug-in hybrid variant, but the company has been silent on specifics.
There’s been a talk of a turbocharged 4-cylinder, which would be refreshing.
Also, thanks to a new electric-assisted AWD system that uses a rear single electric motor to power the rear wheels when there is slippage, AWD will be provided. It doesn’t require a driveshift to power the rear wheels.
The new minivan platform is reported to be based on CUSW.
Price and release date
The 2017 Chrysler Town & Country will be introduced at the North American International Auto Show, in January next year. The pricing will start at approximately $26,000. With such price, Chrysler stands a good chance of leaving its competitors behind.
With maximum equipment level new Town & Country 2017 will stretch all the way up to mid-$40,000 neighborhood.
MPV model with similar characteristics for the European market (only with smaller engine) is a new Opel / Vauxhall Zafira (2016 Buick Envision). Also in this segment competition for new Town & Country is: Honda Odyssey, Dodge Grand Caravan and Toyota Sienna.
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