A test mule of the 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan has been spied testing in Beverly Hills, California by noticias automotivas reader Vitor Ramagem. The test mule hints that the next-gen model will gain horizontal LED tail lamps. Like the Chrysler Town & Country, the upcoming Dodge Grand Caravan will be sold as MY2017 model year.
According to a report released last month, the current-gen Grand Caravan’s production will end in 2016 and the all-new model will arrive the same year. It will be alongside the redesigned Chrysler Town & Country, beginning early 2016. This information was revealed by an internal company document. The next-gen Grand Caravan is being developed with the same model code as the 2015 model, which could mean that it won’t be majorly revamped engineering-wise.
Previous reports have suggested that the all-new Grand Caravan will dump the current 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine for an improved 3.2-liter V6 which will come mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission – probably the one from the Jeep Cherokee. It will also feature a new Uconnect infotainment system.
The 2017 Chrysler Town & Country which is being developed with an investment of more than US$2 billion, will be offered with a plug-in hybrid variant too. It won’t be a surprise if Dodge also offers the same powertrain in its 2017 Grand Caravan, although that depends majorly on demand for such variant in the segment. If such a variant arrives, it would be a boon for both an individual and fleet customers, with respect to fuel consumption.
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