2013 Chrysler Town and Country S has a sinister look

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 27, 2012

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.

Press Release

Chrysler Town and Country S

Chrysler - the inventors of the minivan - is bringing modern design to the segment with the 2013 Town & Country S model. Debuting at the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show, the Chrysler Town & Country S is the latest "S" model in the Chrysler line-up, joining the 200 sedan and convertible and 300 sedan. The Chrysler Town & Country S gets exterior and interior enhancements as well as some standard equipment commonly associated with top-line models.

"We tailored the new Town & Country S for the active and style minded consumers. It's the downtown style for the Town & Country's uptown looks," said Saad Chehab, President and CEO - Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "It's more than fitting that we unveil this vehicle in Los Angeles given Town & Country S represents yet another modern take of '313' in the '310.'"

Available in Brilliant Black, Deep Cherry Red, Stone White or Billet Silver, the 2013 Town & Country S gets revised trim that adds contrast to the minivan's typically bright exterior treatment. A black chrome grille is combined with black-background Chrysler Winged badges front and rear, a black rear fascia step pad, "S" model badging, 17-inch aluminum wheels with polished face and black-painted pockets and blacked-out headlight bezels (delayed availability).

The interior features a monotone black interior unique to the Chrysler Town & Country S. It starts with the Black Torino leather seats with an "S" logo embroidered in the seat backs and black Ballistic cloth seat inserts. The seats also feature grey stitching as do the door armrests. Piano Black gloss appliques are found on the instrument panel and on the spokes of the black leather-wrapped steering wheel, and the Chrysler Winged badge on the wheel matches the black background-look of the exterior badging. Finishing interior touches include a black headliner and upper consoles, black center console and an "S" logo in the instrument cluster.

The segment-exclusive dual-screen Blu-Ray DVD system with HDMI input, two USB recharging ports, a 12v outlet and a 115v two-prong outlet is standard. This system, new for 2013, allows rear seat passengers to view standard and Blu-Ray DVDs or to play a high-definition video game system on the new, higher definition, screens. Wireless headphones allow back seat passengers to enjoy this state-of-the-art system without forcing front seat passengers to hear the accompanying audio.

The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country S also features a performance suspension that adds a new level of handling dynamics to the driving experience, yet still provides a comfortable ride that's expected in a luxury minivan.

Town & Country's award-winning powertrain delivers best-in-class horsepower without sacrificing fuel efficiency. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine is a two-time "Ward's 10 Best Engine" winner and produces 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. The V-6 is mated to the 62TE six-speed automatic transmission. A fuel economizer mode helps the driver maximize fuel efficiency, and premium, lower-rolling-resistance tires, and low-drag brake calipers and rear bearings make great fuel economy possible. Chrysler Town & Country achieves 17 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city, 25 on the highway.

The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country offers over 40 available safety, security and technology features, providing customers the safety they expect to ensure peace of mind when traveling. Standard safety features include ParkView rear back up camera, front seat-mounted air bags, a driver-side inflatable knee blocker, advanced multi-stage driver and front passenger air bags, side-curtain air bags for all three rows, and electronic stability control, including Brake Assist and all-speed traction control. Optional on Touring and standard on Touring L and Limited models is the SafetyTec Group consisting of rain-sensitive windshield wipers, Smartbeam headlamps, ParkSense rear park assist system, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection.

New for 2013 is standard trailer sway damping that monitors a towed trailer's behavior and automatically uses Town & Country's anti-lock braking system to mitigate any swaying motions.

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