RIP Dodge Grand Caravan
Until yesterday, it Chrysler’s minivan plan wasn’t clear. The re-badged version of the Grand Caravan sold as the Volkswagen Routan had long-since stopped being built at Chrysler’s plant in Windsor, Canada, but both the Dodge and Chrysler-branded versions are still soldiering on. Previous reports suggested that one of the two models was all but out of life and yesterday, the company confirmed that Dodge will stop selling its iteration of the long-loved family hauler.
In the coming generation, Chrysler will serve as the sole Pentastar minivan proprietor. The upcoming generation is expected with a nine-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. But more importantly, the company also plans to offer a plug-in hybrid version that will supposedly offer up to 75 MPG.
Chrysler only currently has three models in its lineup: the 200 mid-size sedan, 300 full-sizer and the Town & Country minivan. But that will change for 2016 because the company is also planning to launch a smaller 100 sedan in the compact segment for the 2016 model year. Farther down the road, there will also be a mid-size crossover under the Chrysler brand in 2018 along with a new version of the 300 sedan.