The Dodge Grand Caravan is one of the most ideal family cars in the market today. If you have used this car before, you will concur that it is almost impossible to find another vehicle that accommodates a lot of cargo, people, comes with decent features and most importantly offered at a great price.
The Dodge Grand Caravan is a high quality multi-purpose vehicle and a hit in the family class. It will come as a disappointment to many if rumors that the manufacture is going to phase it out with the 2016 version being the last of the Dodge Grand Caravan series.
Exterior of 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan
The 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan will adopt a new platform which is being developed as a joint venture with Lancia. The new body will be slightly longer and wider and a little higher than the predecessor. The front fascia will feature a new protective grille and redesigned angular headlights. The upper part of the grille will be completed with a trademark Dodge Crosshairs polished in mantle black and a chrome outline.
Generally, the overall look is boxy with its rear poles slightly curved and bold lines that make the boxy look appealing. On the rear, we will see subtle but effective styling that sees the roof pillar unite with tail light cluster to form a single surface that bulges out to form the rear bumper and step plate. Lower trim levels will feature 17-inch steel wheels as standard and 17-inch alloy wheels as optional.
2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Interior
The new 2016 Grand Caravan which comes in four trims i.e. the AVP, SE, SXT and R/T will accommodate seven passengers and still leave plenty of cargo space. It comes with three rows of seats. The third row comes with a power-fold option which quickly converts the space into additional cargo space if need be. All seats are flexible and adjustable. It will also feature child seat anchors.
The base model (AVP) will feature dual front, driver knee, front side, rear and third row and side curtain airbags and ABS, 4-wheel braking system for safety purposes. For entertainment, the vehicle will feature auxiliary audio input, a single disc in-Dash CD player and an MP3 player. The vehicle will also feature electronic traction control and a multi-function remote which controls the doors, trunk and the panic alarm.
The SE trim will have additional features such as bucket rear seats, solar-tinted glass and rear air conditioning while the SXT will come with a voice recognition audio system, Bluetooth, USB, SiriuxXM Satellite Radio, leather upholstery, Phone-wireless data link among other features. On the other hand, the sporty trim level i.e. the top trim R/T will come with an automatic climate control system, touch screen display and a subwoofer with 9 speakers with 506 watts.
Engine, Specs and Fuel Consumption
Details are scanty about the engine the manufacturer will put under the hood of the Dodge Grand Caravan; however, the company has assured its clients that the new engine will feature eco-properties. We believe the manufacturer will use a 3.6L V6 Pentastar engine that produces up to 283 hp. This engine will be paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and all models will be offered in front wheel drive mode. This engine will give 17 mpg for city and 25 mpg on the highway when it comes to fuel economy.
The second engine is going to have some hybrid properties and we believe it will be a 1.8 L turbocharged Inline 4 which will be paired with either one or two electric motors along with an array of batteries. This would give the vehicle a 70-100 mile range. The gasoline engine will stand as a range extender. The second engine offered is a 1.8L turbocharged inline 4, which will be associated with one or two electric motors and a range of batteries.
Price and Release date
We don’t expect the price of the new model to change significantly from the predecessor; as such, we expect the cost for the base (AVP) to be around $ 21,500 while the higher trim (R/T) will cost around $ 30,000. The vehicle could hit dealerships as early as the second half of 2015 according to information from our credible sources. It is also planned that the model produces one year, and ending production in August 2016.