The two pinnacles of soccer-mom mobility, Mopar’s Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans, have been around since 2007 and seven years later, they are beginning to get old and stale. That said, according to a new report from AutomotiveNews, the next generation models are on their way soon as rumors begin to surface.
The next generation vans will follow more evolutionary lines rather than revolutionary as Chrysler seeks to stay true to the traditional minivan formula, though with thoughtful and ergonomically practical upgrades, such as the current generation’s Stow’N Go seating.
More importantly, the Chrysler’s Town & Country will receive ZF’s new nine-speed automatic along with the revitalization for the option of all-wheel drive. Currently, Toyota’s Sienna is the only minivan offering all-wheel drive. Chrysler’s lesser cousin, the Dodge Caravan, wasn’t involved in the same sentence. But it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect the same options on the Caravan.
The sixth-generation Town & Country is expected to launch in 2015 for a 2016 model year car with Dodge’s version following suit.