Finally, after saying long ago it would come, Chrysler will actually make a hybrid version of the Town & Country. The plug-in minivan was confirmed by Automotive News via some online documents the publication obtained.
Details of the hybrid powertrain are still unknown. In the past, Fiat Chrysler executives have said the vehicle will be able to get the equivalent of 75 mpg. Some are speculating that the electric-only range will be about 30 miles, which is more than enough to run a few in-town errands without burning any gas. Insert some lame joke about getting kids to soccer practice while saving the environment here (because everyone’s making them right now).
Don’t rush out to your local Chrysler dealership just yet, because the current Town & Country isn’t going anywhere just yet. The next generation and the optional plug-in hybrid powertrain will launch in 2016 as a 2017 model. Expect that when the next-generation minivan does finally launch, it will have a healthy dose of Italian attitude, thanks to Fiat.
The documents Automotive News is showing off say that the vehicle will be taller and wider than the current Town & Country, making it roomier inside. The driver will be able to use a 7-inch instrument cluster screen that will be customizable, replacing traditional analog gauges. There will also be a large 8.4-inch touchscreen for the Uconnect infotainment system.
Also leaked in the report is the plan for the Chrysler brand to launch the 100 sedan in 2016. It also states that a new midsize crossover and the next generation of the 300 sedan will both launch in 2018. The brand will also offer a completely new full-size crossover in 2017, which will be available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that probably will be similar if not the same as the one in the upcoming Town & Country minivan.