• Jan 4, 2007
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A kudos goes out to the Chrysler Group PR team, which has been trying to plug these leaks since early yesterday morning, but at this time what was once a leak is now a deluge of images revealing the 2008 Chrysler Town and Country minivan all over the internet. According to CarScoop, today's new images and info can again be traced back to a Spanish site, this one named KM77.

More info can be found after the jump, and click here to view the gallery of images showing the pics that have already been seen on the internet so far.

[Source: KM77 via CarScoop]

UPDATE:
Automotive News has published more specific information on the DCX vans. The rotating second-row captain's chairs are officially called Swivel 'n Go. The MyGIG entertainment system with dash-bound hard drive that debuted on the Sebring Sedan is available as an option, which, while great for playing music like an iPod would, cannot play digital video on the optional dual flip-down LCD screens (fix that, Chrysler). Finally, the new 4.0-liter V6 produces 240 hp and 253 ft-lbs of torque and is mated to a six-speed auto. A 3.8-liter V6/six-speed auto and 3.3-liter V6/four-speed auto will also be available.

Aside from the pics, the real kicker here is all the information that's now available on Chrysler's next-generation minivans. For instance, as is evident in the images, the second-row captains chairs are able to swivel 180-degrees and still do the whole Stow N Go thing. A small, stowable table can also be placed between the rotated second-row captain's chairs and the back bench to create a nice place to play Texas Hold 'Em on long trips. Also of note are the two large screens that flip down from the roof-mounted center console and the fact that each is playing a different video. This implies that the T&C's entertainment system will be robust enough to handle at least two separate video inputs at the same time.

The Spanish site, which can be read in translation here, also talks about what engines are currently available for the vans in Europe, but does confirm the addition of a 4.0-liter V6 for North America. No word on power figures, though most expect it to be paired with a six-speed auto.

There's stlil plenty to learn about the Town & Country and its platform mate, the Dodge Caravan, which we'll bring you during the Detroit show.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Is there some law that says this market segment gets designs so evolutionary that the excitement is totally gone? What a snore!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Also, I hope that sliding front center console is removeable. One thing my wife always like about our Nissan Quest without a front center console, is that she could get from the front seat to tend to the kids in back without having to get out of the car. They were still too little to buckle their own car seats at the time, so they couldn't move around for themselves. Also in bad weather, she could load everyone up in one side, including herself, and then just walk through to the front seat after buckling the kids in, without having to go back out into the rain. If it had remote start, it could have been warmed up and ready to go by the time she got the kids buckled. So while the storage space is nice, the open space is also handy sometimes. But often times when you want any decent options like leather, the center console is mandatory.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The interior features are interesting, but the exterior? Ugh. That'll sell a lot of Honda and Toyota vans...
      • 8 Years Ago
      SherbornSean: The DCX vans have had AWD as an option every year since 1991...that will continue here... and with the new model you can also CHOOSE between IRS or twist beam, depending on taste/use.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It is funny seing DCX finally putting rotating seats in one of their minivans
      I remeber first Renault Espace models having this feature
      This was like 20 years ago
      I guess DCX is catching up

      • 8 Years Ago
      The 170hp 3.3V6 & 4 speed auto has got to be a deadly slow. (don't even think about entrance ramps)
      Maybe it will get a 6 speed automatic or be dropped entirely.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So, from Chrysler we a get a 10 year old V6 design (3.5 SOHC) punched out to 4.0 liters because Chrysler is too lazy or cheap to develop a modern DOHC 3.5 V6? More power but you lose efficiency (gas mileage). Combined with the fact that the engine is a dated design to begin with, Chrysler doesn’t have a hope of competing with Toyota/Honda in the gas mileage arena. In a world where fuel prices are likely to continue rising, this is an incredible gaff. Take the cheap easy way out instead of developing a modern DOHC engine design that even the Koreans are providing. And American motor companies like Chrysler wonder why people are fleeing to the competition. Hmmmm, how about better engineering, rather than some razzel dazzle about swivel seats.

      And if that wasn’t bad enough, the same 10 year old base 3.3 and 3.8 OHV designs. What are companies like Chrysler thinking? How do they expect to compete in the marketplace with 10 year old engine designs -- where if they need a little more power they just increase the displacement? Chrysler finally has a half decent set of I4’s, the Hemi is decent, but every other Chrysler engine (V6-V8) is hopelessly outdated compared to the competition.

      The interior looks half decent except for that tacky silver colored shinny plastic that looks like it was pulled right out of the Dodge Caliber.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The bore spacing on Chrysler's 3.5/4.0 is 113mm, minus the 96mm bore = 17mm between cylinders.
      Honda's J series is 98mm, this allows for the integral exhaust manifold.
      Ford's new duratec 3.5 is only 106mm
      Nissan's VQ35 is 108mm
      Toyota's 2GR-fe is 105mm?
      GM's V6?

      So physically large engines and old style timing belts, and no variable valve timing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Dang, that is one boring box on wheels.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I cant believe someone is complaining about the rearview mirror...talk about lame.

      Anyways, I dont know. I kind of like it. I kind of dont. Its better than the current van. The current design is getting kind of old.

      I like the rear facing seats. I know its been done before but no one is doing it now (except conversion vans). But they sure do look tight.

      My biggest gripe would be the gear selector. It looks like it is in an uncomfortable position.

      But I am glad to see they are putting the 4.0 into this thing. The previous 3.8 sucks nuts.

      I would have to look at one of these in person before I make MY final judgement.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have been waiting for the redesigned Dodge van for over a year. We have the 1996 Caravan, ordered it to our needs in 1995. Love the van, had some air conditioner problems which were costly, but we plan on buying another. When new, it stopped traffic, everyone wanting to know what it was. It won't happen with this new design. We buy a van because of business needs( take out the seats lots of cargo space)not kids. Don't need a entertainment center. What else about owning a van is ease of getting in and out. We have back problems and to get down and into or out of most cars is difficult. Also we have good friends that we like going out with to dinner or to Atlantic City. We can easily get in 6 adults instead of driving separately, it is a lot more fun.

      Not crazy about the gear shift or the location of the window controls. We take our little dog with us when we travel, even short trips and with our current Caravan there are no problems, but the location of the window/lock controls is similar to our Silverado truck and our little dog can roll down the windows and unlock/lock the doors. Here we are going down the interstate doing 65 and down goes the window or the doors unlock! Also, never locked myself out with the location of the automatic locks on our van, but don't even want to talk about how many times on our truck. Not happy with where the controls are, but I know that they already changed them before the 2008 model. This location also takes away knee room for the driver and front passenger. We were going to get a 2006 but did not like the tightness by our knees. We hoped maybe the new design would be better. The 1996 placement was better.

      Will see it in person at Baltimore. I will keep my fingers crossed it is still roomy for someone 6'4" and on the wide side.
      PS We feel our 1996 Caravan doesn't owe us anything. Kathy
      • 8 Years Ago
      Michael K,
      Your analysis is dead on. Overall, the interior looks to be a smashing success, especially if the touch of the materials matches their look.

      The swiveling second row is brilliant, but as you say, legroom looks tight, especially for adults. But it will really reinforce the idea of the Caravan/T&C as a "clubhouse on wheels" for kids.

      Definitely the best vehicle for a long road trip; the kids no longer fight about which DVD vs. PSP to play, with 2 separate screens. Even better would be if they swivel the seats and actually interact with eachother!

      The exterior is admittedly boring, but given the Quest's sales rate, you can see why.

      Starting in 08, there are 4 real contenders in the minivan market:
      -Honda, with presumably the best overall package,
      -Toyota, reliable and with available AWD
      -Kia/Hyundai, almost as good as H & T, and cheaper
      -Chrsyler, with the best interior flexibility

      I'd be curious to see whether people compare these to the Acadia/Outlook on your site.
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