It may be a couple of years away, but we’re learning more about next-generation Chrysler Town & Country minivan. It will be slightly taller and wider than the minivan it will replace and will get a rotary shifter and other interior features common in Fiat Chrysler vehicles. It will also be offered with a plug-in-hybrid powertrain.
The revelations come from spy photographers and supplier documents posted online about Fiat Chrysler’s reworking of its Windsor Assembly plant in Ontario. Earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show, Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne announced the next-generation minivan was “95 percent” complete and the the new vehicle would become available in the next “24 to 30 months”.
The company’s product plan calls for the redesigned minivan to be a 2017 model. Its development was delayed from a 2013 product plan that showed the redesigned minivan appearing in 2015.
As expected, Chrysler’s people hauler will sport the automaker’s Uconnect infotainment system with an 8.4-inch touch screen. The minivan also is likely to be outfitted with the customizable 7-inch display screen in the instrument cluster.
The photographed test vehicle has the rotary shifter in a recessed bin in the center console in front of the armrest. The 2015 Town & Country’s gated shifter is to the right of the steering wheel on the instrument panel.
The online supplier documents show the next-generation minivan — which carries the two-letter body code RU — will grow less than an inch in height and width over the current RT model. Overall length will remain the same.
The 2017 Town & Country, expected to start at around $26,000 and go upwards to $40,000, will go up against the Honda Odyssey, Nissan Quest, Toyota Sienna and Kia Sedona.