2017 Chrysler Town & Country (spy photo)
After much anticipation, Chrysler will finally reveal its next-generation Town & Country minivan at the 2016 Detroit auto show in January. We had figured on a debut either in L.A. this fall or Detroit, but when the L.A. auto show came and went with no sign of the new van, we homed in on the Detroit venue. Now, a report from the Detroit Free Press would seem to confirm our suspicions: The Town & Country is a go, and the sheets will come off under Cobo Hall’s hot lights.
Besides narrowing down the Town & Country’s reveal timing, the Free Press also breaks out how the new minivan will be rolled out to customers. There will be regular and plug-in-hybrid Town & Country variants, but the two will go on sale months apart, with the PHEV trailing the regular gasoline model.
We’ve long reported that the 2017 Town & Country would spell the end for the Dodge Grand Caravan—a minivan that, in the past, was the T&C’s clone—as Chrysler moves to a single-van strategy. However, according to the Free Press, the Dodge won’t disappear immediately upon the T&C’s arrival. The current-generation Dodge Grand Caravan will continue to be produced in Windsor, Canada, to cover the lower-cost end of the van spectrum while the new Chrysler will pepper the upper side of the minivan market. When reached for comment, Chrysler confirmed to us that the Town & Country will be at the Detroit show and that the more-affordable Grand Caravan will continue to be built and sold for a time following the Chrysler van’s debut.