• Jan 3rd 2007 at 12:33PM
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UPDATE: At the request of the Chrysler Group we've removed the photos of the DCX minivans from Autoblog. In our quest to be seen as a legitimate and professional automotive news outlet, we strive to play this game above board as much as possible. These pics appeared on the forum of a Spanish website, which drew suspicion that someone might have posted them there with the intent they be discovered and widely distributed, which they were. It's one thing if a site breaks an embargo and the rest of the internet community follows suit, but whoever broke the embargo should stand up and take their punishment rather than hiding behind a Spanish forum, if that's the case. Regardless, these minivans are a big deal to The Chrysler Group, and rightly so they are taking action to ensure that their unveiling is protected. Good for you if you got to see the pics while they were up on the site, but if not then don't worry. We'll have dozens and dozens of high-resolution live and official shots when the embargo for these vehicles lift on Sunday.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Very uninteresting, and that makes me very sad. A nice interior could be enough to save them from the competition, but from the outside, these look too chunky to be taken seriously. They look like the same old, same old.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Personally, I think they look nice. I like the door tracks integrated into the bottom of the rear window... I know, not a new idea but far nicer than the way Toyota and Honda does this. I agree that the Odyssey and Sienna are pretty boring to look at but they can get by with this because of their reputation for quality. OTOH, Chryslers probably offer substantially lower transaction prices to balance out their lower resale value and longevity.

      The minivan market (and I use the term "mini" sparingly since these seem to be growing in size and weight every year) has been extremely competitive in terms of creature comforts and interior flexibility over the years so it will be interesting to see what DCX has come up with this time. Perhaps stow and go seats that are comfortable to sit in the 97%% of the time they are upright?

      I would love to see a hybrid version of a minivan... they seem much more efficient to me than SUVs and since they tend to get used a lot for around-town errands an electric hybrid would seem to make sense. They also have a ton of space for batteries... like in the under-floor compartment in the Odyssey.

      • 8 Years Ago
      They are not that good looking. I think the Odyssey is still a better buy. I hope they come with good engines. Seriously, get rid of the Pushrods. Put a 3.0 liter DOHC 230hp and a 3.5 liter DOHC 270hp in there. That would go a long way to helping these minivans sell at a profit and not just give them away.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The styling is perhaps overly conservative, and has none of the impact the 1996 had in 1995, but should appeal to the minivan faithful.

      The big story will be the functionality of the interiors. I look forward to checking them out.

      Of course, with any new DCX product people wonder about reliability, especially in the first year. I'll likely have initial reliability results around the end of February 2008, about five months after they go on sale. If CR sticks to their traditional schedule, they'll provide a dot in November 2008.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Not so bad. Sure, it's not a blinger, but the market that this is aimed at used to run a stationwagon. Come to think of it, perhaps a new real stationwagon wagon is the "retro" next step. Wait, They did that with the Magnum. They just didn't make it utilitarian enough. Market share in this segment has shrunk, but there will always be buyers for some of these. It just won't be me.
      • 8 Years Ago

      I don't know if it is the style, but Honda can't build the Odyssey fast enough to meet demand.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't see what everyone's complaining about. It looks no worse (or better) than the boxes from Kia/Hyundai, Honda or Toyota.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's way too reminiscent of the illfated GM minivans. I think it's a huge misstep but it's Chrysler in 2007... missteps seem to be a way of life lately.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks a bit like the very original Chysler minivans from the early 1980s :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      These should appeal to those who deliver bread, sell vacuums door-to-door or are in the witness protection program. The styling in completely uninspired and anonymous. Happy days for Honda, Toyota and Kia (as if they had to worry...).
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Toyota Sienna looks like complete crap, but it sells well.
      The Honda Odyssey is good looking, for a minivan, and sells well.
      The new Kia/Hyundai vans look ok. But they sell for what, 5-6k less than Hondotas, so they sell decently.

      These new Mopars are utter boredom, but if they can build a high-quality interior (not expected) then I am sure people will consider them, and they will sell pretty well.

      • 8 Years Ago
      That's not bad, I think conservative styling is in order for this vehicle, at least it's not ugly. Chrysler minivans have always been good vehicles though, having driven many miles in them. Nice features, nice ride, good mileage, reliable.

      I think it's going to do just fine.
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