One of Chrysler’s continuing advantages in minivans is the “Stow ’n’ Go” seating system, which lets owners fold their seats into the floor, providing a flat load floor from the front seats back to the gate. Launched in the 2005 minivans, it was improved in the 2008s by having the headrests flip forward automatically, killing one step in the (still rather easy) process.
Now, reader Steven St. Laurent pointed out that Chrysler appears to have more tricks up its sleeve, with a new patent showing another revised Stow ’n’ Go system, presumably for the 2015-or-2016 minivans due at the start of 2015 or so. The primary advantage of this system, based on perusal of the images, is that the middle seats fold first and then move into the floor, which would make moving the front seats forward less of an issue; the system also appears to be less complex, based on the description. Part of the floor panel (when stowed) is fixed to the seat back, also simplifying stowage and reducing the parts count. (You can peruse the full patent if you wish.)