• Jan 7, 2007
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We're back from Chrysler's minivan unveiling, where, truth be told, not a whole lot of new stuff happened, as leaks on the web revealed most of the juiciest features of DCX's new family haulers last week. In any case, The show hosted by Chrysler Group CEO Tom LaSorda still had its moments.

The theme for the program was "Recipe for Success," which Chrysler drove into the assembled media's heads with all the subtlety of a jackhammer. Feature lists thrown on the projection screens were configured to look like e recipe cards, and the press kit that was distributed looks like a cookbook. The stage was set up with giant breadboxes on either end, which ultimately opened up to reveal one of the original Plymouth Voyagers and a '96 Chrysler Town and Country - earlier examples of Chrysler's bread-and-butter vehicles (more on that theme in a separate post later on). LaSorda reminded everyone that Chrysler invented the segment and pointed at the innovations that the first two generations of the minivan brought to the marketplace.

The initial part of the presentation was dominated by a cooking demo during which celebrity chef and Food Network star Bobby Flay joined LaSorda on stage. Flay actually injected a little levity into the proceedings, making a crack that based on his technique, LaSorda had been spending some time in a hot kitchen, prompting LaSorda to reply, "The kitchen's been pretty hot lately, I can tell you that," to laughs all around. It was actually one of the better moments, because for the most part, the banter was of the blatantly pre-prepared, unintentionally amusing variety. The best way to describe it is that you felt like you were watching characters in a Christopher Guest film up on stage.

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LaSorda then handed the reins over to Chrysler Group COO Eric Ridenour who highlighted some of the new features appearing on the next-gen vans, such as the new powertrain selections that incorporate the only six-speed-transmission in the segment, as well as features like the lowest-opening side windows of any minivan, a new backup camera, and a trick entertainment system that incorporates MyGig, dual-source DVD players that allow rows 2 and 3 to watch entirely different content on their respective screens, and a choice of three different speaker setups.

Ridenour then introduced Ralph Gilles, who touched on the new, squared-off looks for the vans and then showed off the interior innovations his team developed. A multi-tiered sliding center console is one of the big highlights, as it allows front seat passengers (i.e. parents) to load up the console with drinks and a snack for the kids and then slide it back so the tykes have easy access. That's just the top-layer, though. The lower section also slides and houses a deep storage bin, which he stated his wife appreciated as it was now large enough to hold a woman's purse.

The final piece was the new Swivel 'n Go seating arrangement, which leaked onto the web earlier this week. In case you missed it, the second row seats can spin around to face the third row, and a removable table can be installed to create a cozier, conversational environment. We spoke to Ralph Gilles, who told us that everyone on the design team has had minivans at some point, so they all knew what they liked and were of a similar mindset when tackling how to evolve the product further. He said that the new Swivel 'n Go seating arrangement encourages occupants to enjoy the scenery and, more importantly, each other's company much more than a traditional forward-facing-only setup can -- something that's been lost a bit in this age where our initial impulse is to simply plug in our iPods and veg for the duration of a trip. In short, it tries to reintroduce the family dynamic in the family road trip once again.

Chrysler's official press releases follow below, and we've got a gallery of live shots of both the reveal and the minivans themselves for your perusal.
PRESS RELEASES

ALL-NEW 2008 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN AND CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY MINIVANS RAISE THE BAR FOR THE MINIVAN SEGMENT

• Fifth generation of industry-leading Chrysler Group minivans to arrive this fall
• All-new exterior and interior design for a more contemporary appearance
• Thirty-five new or improved features make the 2008 Chrysler Group minivans "family rooms on wheels"
• Five models, three distinct seating and storage systems and three powertrains, including a minivan-first six-speed transaxle, offer the right ingredients for any active lifestyle

The all-new 2008 Dodge and Chrysler minivans once again prove they have the right ingredients to be the best vehicles to move people and cargo. With 35 new and improved features, the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country aren't just practical vehicles, they also have the right mix to be "family rooms on wheels," with something for everyone to enjoy.

"The all-new 2008 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan spice up the minivan recipe by offering an all-new contemporary appearance, five different models, three distinct seating and storage systems, unmatched entertainment systems and the safety you expect and deserve," said George Murphy, Senior Vice President – Chrysler Group Marketing. "Add in three powertrain options, clever interior features and industry-leading functionality, and you have a recipe that will be a favorite with any family."

The newest ingredient for functional family seating is the all-new Swivel 'n Go™ seating system. Swivel 'n Go offers second row seats that swivel 180 degrees to face the third row with a removable table that installs between the two rows, covered storage bins in the floor of the second row, third-row uncovered storage and fold-in-the-floor third-row seating. Swivel 'n Go also offers an available industry-first integrated child booster seat in the second-row quad chair and an available minivan-exclusive one-touch power-folding third-row 60/40 bench seat.

"Chrysler Group engineers turned the tables on traditional seat systems to come up with a technology that lets families have more choices of how to spend their time while traveling," said Larry Lyons, Vice President – Chrysler Group Front-wheel-drive Product Team. "With Swivel 'n Go, second- and third-row passengers can face each other to have a conversation, play games or have a meal on the go."

Safety is a key part of any minivan recipe, and that continues to be true with the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country. All-row supplemental side-curtain air bags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with traction control and brake assist, LATCH child seat anchor system and a patented, energy-absorbing steering column are among the standard safety features included in the 2008 Dodge and Chrysler minivans. Innovations like an industry-first integrated child booster seat, ParkView™ rear back-up camera, a rearview interior conversation mirror, integrated child safety seat and ParkSense® rear back-up system also ensure peace of mind while traveling.

MINIVAN INNOVATION LEADERSHIP

The modern minivan was invented by the former Chrysler Corporation in 1983. Since then, the Chrysler Group has sold more than 11 million minivans and invented more than 60 minivan firsts that not only have revolutionized the minivan segment, but made their way into other vehicle segments as well.

"Chrysler Group is the leader in bringing innovations to the minivan segment, and those innovations seem to have an uncanny way of ending up in other products," said Lyons. "Integrated child safety seats, dual-zone temperature controls, a power liftgate and DVD entertainment are just some of the features that started in a minivan, but are now available in other vehicle segments."

For 2008, the Chrysler Town & Country (sold as the Chrysler Grand Voyager in most markets outside North America) and Dodge Grand Caravan offer value, functionality, safety and a package of innovative features that no other manufacturer can match. With 35 new or improved features, the all-new 2008 Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan offer consumers a home away from home.

"The 2008 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan offer the best amenities for today's busy families," said Murphy. "With a dual DVD system that plays different media at the same time, pinpoint LED lighting to read by, a table to play games or finish homework, a voice-activated navigation system with real-time traffic, power sliding doors and liftgate and YES Essentials® cloth seats, every member of the family will enjoy their journey."

UNMATCHED FUNCTIONALITY AND ENTERTAINMENT

The 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country have spiced up the recipe for minivan success to include a place for everything. A premium, multi-function, front-row sliding console, dual glove boxes, second-row covered storage bins, third-row storage area and clever storage bins and pockets offer more places to store things than ever before.

Three distinct seating configurations are available for 2008 in North America. They include a second-row bench seat with second-row covered storage bins and third-row fold-in-the-floor seating, a Stow 'n Go® seating and storage system that offers the only second- and third-row fold-in-the-floor seats in the industry and the new Swivel 'n Go seating that allows the second row seats to swivel 180 degrees to face rearward. Swivel 'n Go also includes a removable table that fits between the second and third rows with a fold-in-the-floor third-row seat. A one-touch power-folding third-row seat also is available.

Available comfort and convenience features include a new, removable sliding front console that is large enough to store a purse; remote start; heated first- and second-row leather or cloth seats; rearview interior conversation mirror; YES Essentials stain-resistant, odor-resistant, anti-static cloth fabric; a removable flashlight in the rear quarter panel; first- and second-row power windows; second- and third-row retractable sun shades; power sliding doors; power liftgate with power button on the key fob and rear-pillar, ambient halo lighting; movable, pinpoint Light Emitting Diode (LED) reading lamps; map lights; and a dual- or tri-zone heating and cooling system.

"To get the best recipe of comfort, security and flexibility that fits any lifestyle, we added comfort features like remote start, heated first- and second-row cloth or leather seats and ambient lighting, then mixed in standard safety features like all-row supplemental side-curtain air bags and ESP," said Ann Fandozzi, Director – Chrysler Group Front-wheel-drive Product Marketing. "Clever features found in the 2008 Chrysler Group minivans include a 'Swiss-army-knife-like' sliding front console and a removable flashlight in the rear quarter panel."

Entertainment features include a dual DVD, multimedia entertainment system that can play different media at the same time, MyGIG™ CD/DVD/HDD/MP3/satellite radio with voice-activated capability, touch screen and real-time traffic and navigation, UConnect hands-free communication system with Bluetooth® technology, mesh side pockets on the second-row seats that can hold iPods, hand-held gaming systems or beverages, 110V inverter, two second-row output/input jacks with a 12-volt power outlet and an overhead console with bins large enough to store headphones.

MODEL LINEUP

Five models and three powertrains are available for the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country. Dodge offers two models: the Dodge Grand Caravan SE and Dodge Grand Caravan SXT. Chrysler offers three models: the Chrysler Town & Country LX, the Chrysler Town & Country Touring and the Chrysler Town & Country Limited.

Powertrain choices for North America include a new 4.0-liter V-6 aluminum engine mated to a new six-speed transaxle that produces 240 hp (179 kW) and 253 lb.-ft. (343 N•m) of torque, a 3.8-liter V-6 aluminum engine mated to a new six-speed transaxle that produces 198 hp (148 kW) and 230 lb.-ft. (312 N•m) of torque or a 3.3-liter flex-fuel-capable (FFV) V-6 aluminum engine mated to a four-speed transaxle that produces 170 hp (127 kW) and 205 lb.-ft. (278 N•m) of torque. The varied powertrain options provide a pleasant driving experience in a variety of conditions.

"Chrysler Group has been a leader in flex-fuel-capable vehicles," said Lyons. "We sold our first minivan capable of running on E85 in 1998, and since then, Chrysler Group has sold more than 1,330,000 flex-fuel minivans."

Full model details and feature availability for markets outside the United States will be released ahead of the vehicles' launch in each respective market.

MANUFACTURING INFORMATION

The 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans will be built at Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and St. Louis South Assembly Plant in Fenton, Missouri.

The 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country are expected to be in dealerships in the United States in the fall of 2007.

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2008 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY AND DODGE GRAND CARAVAN OFFER CONSUMERS AN UNMATCHED PACKAGE OF CLEVER FEATURES, FLEXIBILITY AND UTILITY AND SAFETY AND SECURITY WITHOUT SACRIFICING STYLE OR VALUE

• Three distinct seating and storage systems
• Unmatched entertainment capability
• Clever comfort and storage features

With 35 new and improved features on the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan, the Chrysler Group again raises the bar for the competition. The new minivans offer consumers a package of innovative seating, storage, comfort and performance features not found on any other minivans in the marketplace.

"The 2008 Chrysler Group minivans lead the mix in functionality with their three distinct seating and storage systems," said Ann Fandozzi, Director – Chrysler Group Front-wheel-drive Product Marketing. "The new Swivel 'n Go™ seat system offers families options not available in other minivans such as conversational seating, a place to play games or have a family dinner on the run."

A key ingredient in the seating and storage mix is the all-new Swivel 'n Go seating system with second-row quad chairs that rotate 180 degrees to face rearward for conversational seating. The swivel feature also allows easy ingress and egress for children who need to be buckled into child seats or adults who just want easier entry and exit from the second row of the vehicle. A removable table fits between the second and third rows to create a "kitchen table" atmosphere that is great for playing games, eating on the go or working from the road. Second-row covered storage bins are included, and the third-row 60/40 bench seat folds into the floor. An industry-first integrated child booster seat is available in the second-row quad seats. With Swivel 'n Go, everything from tailgates to Texas Hold 'Em card tournaments are possible.

The 2008 Chrysler Group minivans continue to offer the industry-exclusive Stow 'n Go® seating and storage system. With the industry's only fold-in-the-floor second and third row seats, the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country can go from a seven-passenger minivan to a two-person cargo van that can carry 4' x 8' sheets of plywood in less than 30 seconds.

Both the Swivel 'n Go and Stow 'n Go seating and storage systems are available with an industry-first one-touch power-folding third-row seat that can be folded into four different positions with the push of a button.

A third seating option on the new minivans offers second-row covered storage bins with a removable bench seat and a fold-in-the-floor third-row 60/40 bench seat. Integrated child safety seats are available with the second-row bench seats.

YES Essentials® stain-resistant, odor-resistant and anti-static fabric seats offer easy clean-up and peace of mind when traveling. First- and second-row heated cloth or leather seats offer flexibility and functionality for customers with active lifestyles.

Two front consoles are available in the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan. The standard console offers four removable, dishwasher-safe cup holders and a center storage space. The console is low to the floor for easy pass-through capability. The optional sliding console features multiple storage areas (including one large enough to hold a purse) and four cup holders. The innovative design allows the console to slide rearward in two different sections. For instance, one section can remain forward (servicing the front-row passengers) while the other section can slide rearward to service second-row passengers. The cup holders in the top of the console can be loaded and then slid back to the second-row passengers. DVDs, headphones or other items can be stored in the lower section of the console, which also can slide rearward for the second-row passengers to access. The upper and lower sections of the console also can slide rearward independently or together. A total of 21 inches of rearward travel occurs when both the upper and lower sections are slid rearward. The console is also removable for easy pass-through.

Seat systems and consoles aren't the only ingredients in the functionality mix. Additional storage options can be found in the dual glove boxes that offer the most glove-box storage space in the industry, full-length front-door map pockets, an improved overhead console with four storage bins that can house headphones and an umbrella holder next to the driver's seat.

Thirteen cup or bottle holders, including new bottle holders molded in the passenger doors, and mesh side pockets on the second-row seats offer a place for everything.

Entertainment flexibility in the new 2008 Chrysler Group minivans is also unmatched by competitors and includes an industry-first dual-DVD system that can play different media at the same time. This allows second-row passengers to watch a movie, while the third-row passengers play a game system. Or second- and third-row passengers can watch different movies or play different gaming systems at the same time. Or one row can listen to their iPod or MP3 player and another row can watch a movie. All can be done with headphones, allowing front-row passengers to enjoy satellite radio, CDs or standard radio. Dual A/V jacks, a 12-volt power outlet and a 110-volt inverter in the second-row C-pillar make game-system converter kits a thing of the past. An Infinity® nine-speaker premium surround-sound audio system with subwoofer is also available.

A MyGIG™ multimedia infotainment system is available in the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country. MyGIG is a CD/DVD/HDD/MP3/satellite radio/navigation system that features a 20 gigabyte hard drive that can store six gigabytes of music or approximately 1,200 songs. With personalized backgrounds, voice-activated commands, touch-screen functionality, real-time traffic and navigation, a USB port, a jukebox feature for personalized music play lists and the ability to watch a movie while the vehicle is in park, MyGIG is one of the most flexible entertainment systems in the market.

The all-new Chrysler Group minivans also feature an ambient halo lighting package that includes a soft, green halo light in the headliner. This is packaged with pinpoint LED reading lamps in all three rows for an automotive interpretation of airplane passenger lights. The movable LED pinpoint lights allow passengers to read, play games or finish homework without disturbing the driver. The halo lighting offers a soft, green light that lets passengers see each other when having a night-time conversation.

Second-row power windows and second- and third-row retractable sunshades offer passengers comfort in any seating position. The sunshades can even be deployed when the second-row windows are down.

Remote start, power sliding passenger doors and a power liftgate with a new D-pillar-mounted liftgate button offer easier entry and exit.

2008 NEW OR IMPROVED FEATURES

Seating and Storage Features

• Swivel 'n Go seating system
• Three distinct seating and storage systems (Swivel 'n Go, Stow 'n Go and second-row bench seat with fold-in-the-floor third-row seat)
• Removable sliding front console that slides rearward to second-row passengers
• Standard front console with removable, dishwasher-safe cup holders
• Dual glove boxes
• Thirteen cup or bottle holders, including new bottle holders molded into the passenger doors
• Mesh storage pockets on second-row quad seats
• Improved overhead console with four integrated storage compartments
• Umbrella holder

Entertainment Features

• Dual DVD entertainment system that can play different media at the same time
• MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System with navigation
• Infinity® Premium surround-sound audio system with 506 watts of power, nine speakers and subwoofer
• 110-volt inverter
• 12-volt power outlet and dual A/V jacks in C-pillar

Safety and Security Features

• Standard all-row supplemental side-curtain air bags with added rollover protection
• Standard Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
• Integrated child booster seat
• Rearview interior conversation mirror
• ParkView rear back-up camera
• High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps

Convenience Features

• One-touch power third-row folding seat (with four seating positions)
• YES Essentials stain-resistant, odor-resistant, anti-static cloth seating
• Second-row power windows
• Second- and third-row retractable sunshades
• First- and second-row heated seats (cloth or leather)
• Remote start
• Ambient, halo lighting
• Movable LED pinpoint lights
• Removable flashlight
• Eight-way power passenger seat
• Power liftgate switch located in rear quarter trim
• B-pillar grab handles

Powertrain Features

• 4.0-liter V-6 engine producing 240 hp and 253 lb.-ft. of torque
• Six-speed transaxle available with 3.8-liter and 4.0-liter V-6 engines
• Three powertrain combinations (3.3-liter FFV V-6 engine mated to a four-speed transaxle, 3.8-liter and 4.0-liter V-6 engines mated to a six-speed transaxle)
• Standard 16-inch wheels, available 17-inch wheels

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THE ALL-NEW 2008 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN AND CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY OFFER AN UPDATED RECIPE OF NEW POWERTRAINS THAT GIVES CONSUMERS AN INSPIRED DRIVING EXPERIENCE

• New six-speed transaxle is a minivan first
• New 4.0-liter, V-6 engine offers increased horsepower
• Aerodynamic improvements and new suspension architecture add up to a pleasant driving experience

Proven powertrains like a 3.3-liter V-6 engine that can be fueled with E85 and new options like a 4.0 liter V-6 engine that produces 240 hp and 253 lb.-ft of torque give drivers plenty of choices in the new 2008 Chrysler Group minivans.

"Chrysler Group is the first to offer a six-speed transaxle in a minivan," said Larry Lyons, Vice President – Chrysler Group Front-wheel-drive Product Team. "With a new 4.0-liter, V-6 aluminum engine and new six-speed transaxle, the 2008 Chrysler and Dodge minivans offer added performance and a smoother driving experience."

In North America, three powertrains offer performance and value for a variety of minivan uses. The 3.3-liter V-6 flex-fuel-capable engine is mated to a four-speed transaxle and produces 170 hp (127 kW) and 205 lb.-ft. (278 N•m) of torque. The 3.8-liter V-6 engine is mated to a new six-speed automatic transaxle that produces 198 hp (148 kW) and 230 lb.-ft. (312 N•m) of torque. The new 4.0-liter V-6 aluminum engine is mated to the new six-speed automatic transaxle that produces 240 hp (179 kW) and 253 lb.-ft. (343 N•m) of torque.

Sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection, electronic throttle control, platinum-tip spark plugs and a wide-band detonation sensor system in the 4.0-liter engine allow operation on regular or mid-grade fuels from 85 to 89 octane.

For most markets outside North America, the new Chrysler Grand Voyager will offer the 3.8-liter V-6 gasoline engine and 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine, both mated to a six-speed automatic transaxle.

The Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country's new six-speed automatic transaxle is derived from the Chrysler Group's proven four-speed transaxle. Building on the capability of Chrysler's four-speed automatic transaxle, the six-speed automatic transaxle adds two new primary gear ratios and a secondary ratio for optimized passing performance at highway speeds. The gear ratios of the six-speed transaxle allow the engine to work more efficiently at lower speeds, providing a pleasant driving experience.

Part and process commonization allowed Chrysler Group engineers to develop the six-speed transaxle in a shorter period of time and at a lower investment cost than previous transaxles without sacrificing durability or quality.

The six-speed transaxle's higher numerical first gear launches the minivan more briskly than a four- or five-speed transaxle. It also provides smaller steps between ratios, which means the engine speed changes less with each shift and makes the shifts feel smoother. The six-speed transaxle also engages a more appropriate ratio for any driving situation. In particular, wide-open throttle kick-down shifts to fourth gear engage at a slightly higher ratio than do upshifts to provide needed acceleration with less engine flare.

"Increased horsepower and torque along with increased launch and passing responsiveness, make the 4.0-liter, V-6 engine a pleasure to drive," said Lyons.

NOISE, VIBRATION AND HARSHNESS REDUCTIONS

Aerodynamic improvements have reduced wind noise, while high-strength and hot-stamped steel and improved structural body stiffness have reduced Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) on the new 2008 minivans. Additional acoustic treatments also have improved interior quietness.

A new front-suspension architecture, new rear twist-beam suspension with coil springs and larger wheels and wider tires give the 2008 minivans increased steering responsiveness for a fun-to-drive experience.

The new front-wheel-drive suspension architecture features MacPherson struts. The front cross member is isolated from the body, reducing road noise and NVH. Upper and lower urethane coil spring isolators have been optimized for overall ride quality, quietness and handling, and have been tuned directionally to handle loads. The new minivan's front stabilizer bar with double ball-joint stabilizer links helps maintain a level vehicle attitude during cornering for a more comfortable and controlled ride. Double shear brackets and pipe nuts attach the front suspension cross member to the body to prevent road noise and transmission harshness from entering the passenger compartment.

A new twist-beam rear axle with coil springs provides improved stability and ride comfort. This improves anti-lift as much as 45 percent for dive and provides improved levelness, especially on the highway. The track bar is isolated from the axle and the body for less NVH and improved handling. Self-leveling Nivomat™ shock absorbers are included with the minivan trailer tow package, which contributes to consistent ride and handling characteristics whether loaded or unloaded. Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country are the only minivans to offer the Nivomat shock absorber option.

The MacPherson strut front suspension and twist-beam rear suspension are coupled with power rack-and-pinion steering for improved maneuverability.

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THE 2008 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY AND DODGE GRAND CARAVAN OFFER THE SAFETY AND SECURITY CONSUMERS EXPECT WHEN TRAVELING WITH THEIR FAMILIES

• Standard all-row supplemental side-curtain air bags with additional rollover protection
• Standard Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with traction control and brake assist
• Available ParkView™ rear back-up camera

Chrysler Group has been the innovator of safety and security features in the minivan segment for more than 23 years, and the new 2008 minivans continue that legacy. Driver and front-passenger air bags, integrated child safety seats, center, high-mounted brake light, the fourth door, patented, energy-absorbing steering column and power liftgate with obstacle detection all appeared first on Chrysler Group minivans.

"Minivans are the safest vehicle segment on the road today," said Larry Lyons, Vice President – Chrysler Group Front-wheel-drive Product Team. "The 2008 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan carry on that tradition by offering abundant standard safety and security features for today's families."

The all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans are equipped with advanced, multistage driver and low-risk deployment passenger air bags; all-row supplemental side-curtain air bags with additional rollover protection; driver and front-passenger knee blockers; Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with traction control and brake assist; a patented energy-absorbing steering column; and LATCH child seat anchors.

The all-new 2008 minivans have been designed with key structural enablers to help keep the passenger compartment intact in case of an accident. The engine box is designed to manage energy with the use of straight front-rail tips, nylon inserts in the rail kick down, dual-phase 590 steel in the octagonal front inner and outer rail, a mid-dash cross member for added reinforcement and engine cradle attachment posts that help absorb energy.

The new minivans also feature reinforced roof bows and high-strength steel reinforcements in the sill, inner and middle B-pillar and D-pillar.

Additional safety and security features include: a rearview interior conversation mirror; power-adjustable pedals; remote, keyless, illuminated entry; power sliding passenger doors and power liftgate; an available remote start option; ParkSense™ rear back-up detection system; ParkView™ rear back-up camera; and three-point restraints for all passengers.

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PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS (NORTH AMERICA)

Dimensions are in inches (millimeters) at curb weight with standard wheels and tires unless otherwise noted.

All specifications are preliminary figures available at the time of printing.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Body Style Multipurpose vehicle

Assembly Plant Windsor, Ontario, Canada and Fenton, Missouri USA

EPA Vehicle Class Multipurpose vehicle

DIMENSIONS AND CAPACITIES

General

Wheelbase 121.2 (3078.2)

Overhang - Front 37.6 (955.4)

Overhang - Rear 43.7 (1108.9)

Track - Front 65.0 (1651.0)

Track - Rear 64.8 (1645.9)

Overall Length 202.5 (5142.5)

Overall Width 76.9 (1953.2)

Overall Width with Mirrors 88.5 (2246.8)

Overall Height 68.9 (1750.0)

Liftover Height 24.4 (619.9)

Cargo Width at Wheelhouse 49.03 (1245.5)

Maximum Cargo Height Dodge SE 48.56 (1233.4),
SXT 46.16 (1172.4)
Chrysler LX 48.56 (1233.4),
Touring/Limited 46.16 (1172.4)

Angle of Approach (Curb Load) 14.3°

Angle of Departure (Curb Load) 18.7°

Breakover Angle (Curb Load) 14.5°

Minimum Running Ground Clearance (Curb Load) 6.1 (154.2)

Fuel Tank Capacity, gal. (L) 20.5 (77.6)

ACCOMMODATIONS

Seating Capacity - F/I/R 2/2/3

Seating Capacity - F/I/R 2/2/3

EPA Total Interior Passenger Volume, cu. ft. (cu. m) 163.5 (4.63)/156.1 (4.42)

Front

Head Room 39.8 (1010.9)

Head Room with Sun Roof 37.2 (946.0)

Leg Room 40.6 (1031.2)

Shoulder Room 63.0 (1600.2)

Hip Room Dodge SE 57.0 (1447.8),
SXT 57.6 (1463.0)
Chrysler LX 57.0 (1447.8),
Touring and Limited 57.6 (1463.0)

Seat Travel 8.7 (220)

Front Passenger Volume, cu. ft. (cu. m) 58.7 (1.7)

Intermediate

Head Room Dodge SE 39.2 (996.7),
SXT 39.7 (1008.1)
Chrysler LX 39.2 (996.7),
Touring/Limitied 39.7 (1008.1)

Leg Room 36.3 (923.8)

Knee Clearance Dodge SE 3.5 (88.9),
SXT 3.6 (92.7)
Chrysler LX 3.5 (88.9),
Touring and Limited 3.6 (92.7)

Shoulder Room 64.7 (1643.4)

Hip Room 64.8 (1646.0)

Seat Travel, Optional Swivel 'n Go™ Seats 4.0 (100.6)

Intermediate Passenger Volume, cu. ft. (cu. m) Dodge SE 53.4 (1.51),
SXT 54.0 (1.53)
Chrysler LX 53.4 (1.51),
Touring and Limited 54.0 (1.53)

Rear

Head Room 37.9 (961.9)

Leg Room Dodge SE 37.6 (995.0),
SXT 31.8 (807.7)
Chrysler LX 37.6 (995.0),
Touring and Limited 31.8 (807.7)

Knee Clearance 4.4 (111.8)/6.2 (157.5)

Shoulder Room 62.0 (1574.8)

Hip Room 48.7 (1236.9)

Rear Passenger Volume, cu. ft. (cu. m) Dodge SE 51.1 (1.4),
SXT 43.2 (1.2)
Chrysler LX 51.1 (1.4),
Touring and Limited 43.2 (1.2)

Cargo Volume

Maximum Cargo Volume, cu. ft. (cu. m) Dodge SE 144.4 (4.1),
SXT 140.6 (4.0)
Chrysler LX 144.4 (4.1), 140.6 (4.0)

Behind Second-row Seats, cu. ft. (cu. m) 83.0 (2.4)

Aft of Third-row Seat, cu. ft. (cu. m) 32.7 (0.93)

Total Passenger plus Cargo Volume, cu. ft. (cu. m) Dodge SE 199.9 (5.7),
SXT 192.5 (5.45)
Chrysler LX 199.9 (5.7),
Touring and Limited 192.5 (5.5)


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope when the VW version is announced they add their class leading interior magic.
      • 8 Years Ago
      No. The segment was NOT invented by Chrysler. The first real Minivan was the Renault Espace. It was developed when Chrysler was owner of Simca and Simca had the majority in Matra. The first Espace was said to be planned on a Citroen BX platform, when Renault took over it was moved to Renault 18/21.

      The development at Matra started in 1978 and resulted in the Espace in 1984. Imagine how a Chrysler minivan looked now if Chrysler would have kept Simca?
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Any sign of turn signals in side mirrors?"

      Why in the hell would anyone care about goofy useless turn signals in the mirrors?

      My 99 voyager is still going strong.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Current T&C owner.

      - bland exterior, worse than previous model
      - ribs on the hood
      - cabin, tacky with spraypainted plastics, too angular look due to black/silver/brown/beige contrasts. Wood is too vibrant. I prefer medium grey throughout with some darker wood accent
      - too pale of an interior for a family car and multi purpose vehicle
      - swivel option has no legroom when seats are rotated ... needs track to slide rear seats back to increase leg room
      - bigger gas engine will not improve fuel economy - how about turbo diesel (see Europe) or even hybrid and forego the stow n go.

      Any sign of turn signals in side mirrors?

      + roll down windows on sliding doors
      + I think the shifter location is fine
      + wider roof line

      We may get this in the future, despite some technical problems with our current one ... if they redecorate the interior a bit. I just wish the dealer ships were better and honest.

      • 8 Years Ago
      The new swivel and go feature seems kewl until you realize there is only about 5 inches between the seats when they are turned around, been waiting for a good pic of the side door open and the seats turned around to see how bad it really is. so if the four or five people sitting at that table in back have no legs it might work ! otherwise its gotta be real tight for the 8 or 10 legs !!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Chrysler invented the van twice, here in the states and over in Europe. Both the Espace and the Caravan were introduced in 83 as 84 models.

      And to put where credit is due When Lee Iacocca and Hal Sperlich worked at Ford they wanted to create a van and expected it to sell in 74 around 800,000 units a year, project was named "Mini-Max". Henry Ford tossed the idea out because he didn't want to "experiment". As expected when Lee and Hal went to Chrysler, guess what project got green lighted? The T115.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It may be semantics, but it could be argued that Chrysler did not invent the vehicle type, but DID invent the segment. Until then no similar vehicle had made significant inroads into the market. It wasn't until the Chysler minis that most manufacturers started to sit up and take notice of the new demand.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like the new avenger and caravan share the same nose. As for the interior, looks spendy and heavy with all the gadgets. Swivel and hide. I suppose the next gen PT cruiser & dodge ???? will fill the gap of the deleated 3.3L SWB caravan / town & country. The mini van, by looking at this, is now a full size van. There is no mini about it any more. The PT cruiser & HHR & Scion Xb & honda element etc... are the new mini vans.
      Swivel seats and table reminds me of the VW kombi van series.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The best gets better. Good job Chrysler!

      Just don`t know about the Japanese inspired gear selecter? Other than that a nice van.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow... the Dodge versions is absolutely hideous!!! The Chrysler van isn't my favourite either, but it's at least tolerable, and its features are nice enough that it might actually sway me away from Toyota were I in the market for a people-mover.
      • 8 Years Ago
      No fuel economy info. Real world my GC get 12 city and 25 hwy. It drives like a caddy.

      I like some of the inovations. Child veiw mirror in the overhead compartment. Too much power stuff, just means more time in the shop. NOW LOOKS LIKE A SPECIALTYY MODEL NOT THE MEAT AND POTATOES IT USED TO BE. If it is overpriced for the segment (coming in close to the Siena and Honda) I am afraid Hyundai/Kia will take over the buld of the segment.
      james
      • 7 Years Ago
      To most of you, If you don't like it, then don't buy it, also Ford had all their minivans grand back in 2001, Chrysler is just saving some money by fewer models, even though the 3.3 is still not increased on the horsepower, still a great engine, the only problem I had with my dodge caravan was the trans, my wife now has a Ford Windstar, and nothing but problems, with the caravan only the trans, we had a problem. Our next van will be the Town & Country, with the only available Sate TV. And about the shifter on the dash, Plymouth had that back in 1955 with the Belvedere. Look it up, before toyota or honda!!
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