In case you weren’t aware, Chrysler is forging ahead in a new direction that is changing much of its current lineup. That transformation is having an effect on the Town & Country, with some details about the 2017 model having begun to leak out. With the long-running Dodge Caravan is officially walking dead, the Town & Country carries on as the automaker’s only minivan model. The move makes the Town & Country even more important to the company than before.
Not too many details are available about the powertrain, considering the minivan is still being developed, but Chrysler has let it slip that the Town & Country will be a plug-in hybrid. That means soccer mommies won’t have to burn up any gas to make a quick run to the grocery store, which will also help save on wear and tear on the vehicle. There is a strong possibility that the minivan will come with optional all-wheel drive, a feature that right now only the Toyota Sienna offers.
With the Dodge Caravan out of the picture, Chrysler likely will push the Town & Country to a more upmarket level. In the past, the minivan has featured a few luxurious design cues and options, but those should intensify and multiply. That could help the minivan stand out in a market segment that Honda, Toyota and Nissan have been taking over, having pushed GM and Ford out of it years ago. With Kia coming back with a completely redesigned Sedona, competition will be even more intense. A luxurious minivan might be just the thing that some families desire.
The 2017 Chrysler Town & Country will launch sometime in the latter part of 2016.