The current Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country use the same platform and in essence these two are basically the same car. However, starting with the new 2016 Chrysler Town and Country the Dodge Caravan is going to be discontinued mostly because Chrysler wants to focus on a single people carrier and they want to make it one of the best cars in its class. While the CEO of Chrysler initially said that they are going to release it at the Detroit Motor Show, they never really showed it because the next Chrysler Town and Country 2016 wasn’t ready at the time of the show.
2016 Chrysler Town and Country news
On the interior the 2016 Chrysler Town and Country is going to be a step above the current generation of the model. It will get a new dashboard with a design inspired from that of the 300 while the seats are going to have a different layout in order to allow easier access to the rear most set of seats. The basic equipment level will be similar to the current generation but the old 5 inch navigation unit is going to be replaced with an 8 inch screen which will also be usable as an infotainment system.
Chrysler Town and Country 2016 specs
Under its hood we are likely to see a new engine as well as a new transmission. Early reports suggested that the 2016 Chrysler Town and Country would be released in 2015 with a 3.6-liter V6 engine similar to the older generation. However, this was later dismissed and replaced with another rumor. It seems that it might get a 3.2-liter V6 which is a direct derivative of the bigger V6 but with low friction cylinders and a smaller displacement. This engine would then be mated to an electric motor, a regenerative braking system and a set of batteries offering a total output of around 300 horsepower with an average fuel consumption of more than 27 MPG. This would be a big risk for Chrysler but considering it will be the only hybrid in its class, they just might get it right.
Some reports even suggest that the Chrysler Town and Country 2016 will get the same suspension system as the Durango, offering a much more relaxed ride than any of its competitors. This hasn’t been confirmed though, so it might change in the future.
2016 Chrysler Town and Country release date and price
In fact, it seems that Chrysler is going to release the next generation of their people carrier in the start of 2016 with a showroom release at the end of 2016 or early 2017. This would mean that the next generation will change dramatically over the current model. The base price will be around $26,000 meaning that it will be more expensive than the Caravan. However, the 2016 Chrysler Town and Country will also be better equipped, so it all evens out.