Dodge reveals the Grand Caravan Blacktop

Article by Christian A., on January 11, 2013

The Dodge Grand Caravan SXT models is now available with the Blacktop package, which includes a set of 17-inch polished aluminum wheels with Gloss Black pockets, a Gloss Black grille, black headlamp bezels (late availability) and fog lamps. Inside, the vehicle gets a customized all-black interior, which includes the headliner, door panels and class-exclusive Super Console.

The black cloth seats, door trim and leather-wrapped steering wheel of the Grand Caravan Blacktop get silver accent stitching. Another highlight of the interior is a leather shift knob. With these features, the package is available at a great value with a MSRP of just $595. The exterior colors available for the Grand Caravan with the Blacktop package are Billet Silver, Brilliant Black, Maximum Steel, Redline and Stone White.

2013 Dodge Grand Caravan, which is the top-selling minivan ever as well as with the most awards, continues to offer innovations in the segment it formed. The Dodge Grand Caravan is priced from $19,995 (excluding destination), making it the least inexpensive minivan and most affordable seven-passenger vehicle in the U.S. As standard, it comes with the Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine that offers 283hp and tow rating of 3,600 lbs.

It also comes with a fuel economizer mode that’s the first and only in its segment. It could return up to 25 miles per gallon, or a driving range of up to 500 miles. In addition, this IIHS Top Safety Pick is equipped with over 45 safety, security and technology features.

It has a new-for-2013 Trailer Sway Damping and a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Its latest added innovation is the new dual-screen Blu-ray DVD rear-seat entertainment system. This system could play both Blu-ray and standard DVDs. It also features High Definition Media Input (HDMI) connectivity and standard higher-resolution second-row and third-row screens.

With the 2011 Grand Caravan, Dodge implemented a redesign with the goal of the look being able to complement the driving attitude. Thus, the fascia in the front now has the brand’s new celebrated split-crosshair grille. Combined with the quad headlamps and the new hood, the result is a face that delivers a more aggressive feel.

In the rear section, the fascia has been made more sculpted. There is also a new liftgate and the LED “ring of fire” taillamps. Rounding off the look for the rear is the new Dodge badge. Inside, owners will experience an interior that is truly first-rate. The one-piece instrument panel is made more contemporary and also made more intuitive. In addition, the instrument panel had its ergonomics enhanced with the gauges not simply redesigned but made larger.

Then there is the new super center console. It offers storage and functionality for the most active of commuter. Access is made easy, for both passenger and driver, by having pass-through storage space for those larger items, like a purse for example. Trim rings have been placed in the console and have that ambient blue-green glow. This ensures occupants inside can find any item, even at night.

Going back to the exterior, one new innovation is the Stow 'n Place roof rack system. Through this feature, the minivan leader is able to allow to stow its roof bows along the side rails. This is useful especially when not being used and if the need arises, they can easily be put into position. Since the roof bows can be stowed, it results in aerodynamics being improved as drag and wind buffeting reduced. This also contributes to the improved overall efficiency.

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