Marchionne: Next Chrysler minivan to get all-wheel-drive

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Chrysler offered all-wheel-drive on minivans until 2004, when it was discontinued to make room for Stow ‘n Go seats that folded into the floors. But when it comes time for the next-generation Chrysler minivans, CEO Sergio Marchionne says that they will have all-wheel-derive. The platform will be shared by a companion crossover.

During a brief preview of future vehicles, Marchionne said that Chrysler will produce a “classic minivan,” as well as a “people carrier that is still taking shape.” Both models will share underpinnings and be built in Windsor.

“This platform better have more capability than the one we have, including all-wheel drive capability and the ability to get narrower,” Marchionne said.

Chrysler’s new minivans are due in 2014, but Marchionne is looking to speed things up. “We need to be more competitive, so we made it a priority to replace it faster than we originally thought,” Marchionne said.

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– By: Omar Rana

Source: Detroit News