The next generation Chrysler Town & Country (codename: Chrysler RU) has been spied testing in the 107° Fahrenheit heat of the American desert, by Allparnews reader Sydric. The company was apparently testing the next minivan’s performance and towing capabilities in extreme weather conditions.
The all-new model is reported to debut next year and go on sale as MY2017 model in the USA. Previous reports have suggested that the current generation’s 3.6-liter V6 engine will be replaced by an improved 3.2-liter V6 engine, matched to a 9-speed automatic transmission which would probably be the one offered in the Jeep Cherokee.
Chrysler does not have a single hybrid-electric offering as of now and the 2017 Chrysler minivan may be the first one. It was reported in March that the company is retooling its Windsor Assembly with an investment of more than US$2 billion and readying the assembly line for building the plug-in electric hybrid variant.
FCA has aggressive plans for introduction of hybrid technology on Chrysler models. A new full-size crossover will be launched in 2017 and will include a plug-in hybrid variant in its range, which will also be built at the Windsor Assembly in Canada.