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When are the new minivans coming?

by David Zatz on

Four years after last upgrading its minivans, Chrysler is coming close to launching a radically different model. Designed to be more appealing, aerodynamic, and efficient, it will have a mildly upgraded V6, hooked up to an efficient nine-speed automatic. All wheel drive and a hybrid option are both likely.

As for when buyers can start seeing the vans, the answer is, “Probably at the Detroit Auto Show.”

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Reliable source oh2o wrote that the 2016 Town & Country will stop production in mid-February, 2016; the new 2017 Town & Country “RU” will start up very late in February or very early in March, likely with a slow ramp-up to avoid quality problems. This means it should start appearing at some dealerships in mid to late March, but may not reach all U.S. and Canadian dealers until April.

The Dodge Caravan will continue, though it will have a longer break. The 2016 Caravan is slated to stop production in early August, with the 2017 Caravan being launched around three weeks later. The changes to the Caravan are likely to be minor; while Town & Country is moving from the “RT” to the “RU” body, the Caravan is staying on “RT.”

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Rumor has the Caravan staying on only as long as it takes to develop and produce a crossover version of the minivan, unless buyers reject the new version and opt for the Dodge. Canadians will likely get a Dodge Caravan-branded minivan regardless, since it dominates market share in that country; it’s also possible that they will simply get a low-end Town & Country bearing the name “Chrysler Caravan.” More on the 2017 minivans.

Top image: 700C concept. Lower image: 2017 Town & Country mule, via the Windsor Star.

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