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.
With an impressive all-American design, trendsetting technology, unmatched functionality, and “standard” safety features most families can only dream of having in a minivan, the new 2011 Chrysler Town & Country offers all these features at an astoundingly reasonable value.
Every vital aspect of the new Chrysler Town and County was reconfigured or re-engineered for 2011. A new suspension system gave the Town & Country a smoother, more comfortable ride, while an elegantly crafted and intricate interior cabin gave its passengers a regal, pampered feeling. A streamlined and more aerodynamic-looking body with smooth, formal lines best describe the new Town & Country’s exterior.
As Oliver Francois, President and C.E.O. aptly said, the new Chrysler Town & Country truly makes the brand proud as it dons its new emblem, and new wings. And rightfully so, since the Town & Country is full of innovative features.
Mr. Francois further adds that they have thoroughly enhanced the Town & Country’s suspension system, substantially improved and enhanced engine power and fuel efficiency by using the all-new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine. Moreover, the entire interior of the new Town & Country underwent a complete design upgrade.
It was in 1983 when the Chrysler Group invented the modern minivan, with the introduction of the Dodge Caravan and the Plymouth Voyager. However, it was in 1989 that Chrysler produced the first Town & Country. After coming up with an astounding 75 innovative and trendsetting design features through the years, and with total sales breaching the 13 million unit mark, Chrysler remains at the top of the heap today in the minivan category.
For 2011, the Chrysler Group forges ahead with its dominance in the minivan category, with first-of-a-kind features such as the introduction of a heated steering wheel, a Stow ‘n Place roof rack system for storing roof bows when not being used, an integrated center console for the comfort and convenience of passengers seated in the first two rows and a fuel economizer mode for increased fuel efficiency.