Soon after years devoid of any significant new attributes or styling updates, the grandmother in the minivan class was not aging very well. But for 2017 the Chrysler Town & Country is reborn as the Pacifica, and its styling and attributes will wow families, likely catching the eye of even the most minivan-averse.
Chrysler will recreate its minivans from a scratch, for the first time since 1996. The new 2017 Chrysler Town & Country will have independent front and rear suspensions, and a hybrid option. The optional all-wheel drive dropped from Mopar minivans long ago.
Chrysler does too. At a time when the company is shedding vehicles from its lineup – so long, Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart – its executives aren’t paying any attention to whatever conventional wisdom suggests the minivan segment has foundered and reached its end. Instead, Chrysler just spent $2 billion to overhaul the architecture for its minivan. Enter the 2017 Chrysler Town and Country Pacifica, an all-new vehicle that immediately replaces the Town & Country and eventually will replace the Dodge Grand Caravan.
It couldn’t have come at a better time. Consumer Reports recently named the outgoing Town & Country one of its “Ten Worst Picks” among 2016 vehicles, an eyesore for the company that pioneered the minivan segment. Enticed by a slew of standard features and heavy incentives, I happen to own one of those disparaged Town & Country vans. Other than a transmission that always seems to be searching for the right gear, I’ve got no substantial complaints about the car.
2017 Chrysler Town and Country Specs
Engine options still remain officially unconfirmed, but 2017 Chrysler Town & Country could be powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission with a “knob” shifter. Chrysler’s five-year plan also revealed some hints of a plug-in hybrid variant, but the company has been silent on specifics.
There’s been a talk of a turbocharged 4-cylinder, which would be refreshing.
Also, thanks to a new electric-assisted AWD system that uses a rear single electric motor to power the rear wheels when there is slippage, AWD will be provided. It doesn’t require a driveshift to power the rear wheels.
2017 Chrysler Town and Country Price and release date
The 2017 Chrysler Town and Country will be introduced at the North American International Auto Show, in January next year. The pricing will start at approximately $26,000. With such price, Chrysler stands a good chance of leaving its competitors behind.
With maximum equipment level new Town & Country 2017 will stretch all the way up to mid-$40,000 neighborhood.