The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country minivan will get several major changes, one of which is the appearance of a sinister-looking ‘S’ trim level. The model will make its debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Before this model arrived, this was the only Chrysler model that didn’t have this trim level. Chrysler gave the seven-passenger family truckster some “downtown style.” Some of the aesthetic features of Chrysler’s 200S and 300S models will be seen on the Town & Country S.
The van gets some contrast from the exterior brightwork, which consists of a black chrome grille insert, headlamps with blacked-out bezels, and winged Chrysler emblems with black backgrounds. It uses thin-spoke 17-inch aluminum wheels that are nearly identical to those seen in other Town & Country trims but it now comes with black-painted pockets as accents. With regards to paint, there are four exterior colors to choose from. These are Brilliant Black, Deep Cherry Red, Stone White, or Billet Silver.
The color schemes of the interior and exterior match. The monotone black cabin gets a black headliner, black upper consoles, and a black center console. A piano black finish is used on the door trim, dash trim, and appliqués applied to the steering wheel spokes. The seating surfaces are composed of a combination of black Torino leather but accented with Ballistic cloth seat inserts.
At the back of the front seats, there’s an embroidered S logo but all seats as well as the front door armrests feature grey accent stitching. Just like the Town & Country Limited, there’s a new dual-screen Blu-Ray rear seat video entertainment system that’s standard equipment on the Town & Country S.
The Town & Country S is not mechanically different from its lesser siblings. The front wheels are driven by a 283-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 via a six-speed automatic transmission. In a press release given by Chrysler, it is revealed that a “performance suspension” is used by the van.
Officials said that the van features firmer dampers and some slightly different chassis tuning, giving hints that the Town & Country S could be ridden more along the lines of the “sporty” Dodge Grand Caravan R/T. Chrysler said that the Town & Country S is positioned between the present Touring and Touring L trims, and $32,990 (MSRP), which includes destination charges. Its price tag puts it at slightly below the Town & Country Touring L.