The new generation of the Chrysler Town & Country has been around for a while, testing under heavy camouflage. FCA wants to keep the surprise until que new minivan is released, what has been confirmed for the 2016 edition of NAIAS. And the guys at AllPar.com have already come up with a reasonable rendering of what it should look like. The one you see above.
Powered by the Pentastar 3.6 V6 engine, able to produce 211 kW, and equipped with ZF’s 9-speed automatic gearbox, the new Town & Country is said to resemble a lot the 700C concept presented at the 2012 NAIAS. The minivan looks smaller, but it is actually larger and taller than the current model. The front end is quite similar to the one used by the Chrysler 200. The minivan is built over the RU platform, said to be derived from the CUSW platform, the one used by the Jeep Cherokee.
The new model will very likely be exclusive to Chrysler, ending up the current Dodge Caravan, said to remain in production until 2017. One of the hopes for the new minivan is the end of the one-child policy in China, which could see big families appearing in the biggest car market in the world. If they do not prefer seven seat SUVs there, what is quite possible.
Besides the petrol version, the new Town & Country is rumored to get a hybrid and even a full electric version, with front-wheel drive and 4WD versions.