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New trove of 2017 minivan data

by David Zatz on

Automotive News reporter Larry Vellequette has seen files that reveal more details on the next-generation minivans, due as 2017 models and expected to start pilot production in mid-to-late 2016 for testing.

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The new vans are almost identical in exterior dimensions to the existing ones — no surprise given the risks involved in changing the size. They are somewhat taller, though.  A hybrid version is definitely in the plans, as stated by FCA CEO  Sergio Marchionne (and the current four year plan).

As predicted by Allpar, the new minivan will have an 8.4 inch center display, seven inch driver information system, and knob shifter, indicating use of the nine-speed; the same shifter is used on multiple Chrysler models using the eight and nine speed transmissions.

One surprise is that the minivans were apparently originally meant to be 2015 models, which corresponds with earlier Allpar.com predictions based on statements by Sergio Marchionne at the Detroit Auto Show two years ago.

Allpar sources have more to say about the upcoming vans on our 2017 Chrysler Minivans page.

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