The redesigned 2017 Chrysler Town & Country is getting numerous upgrades, including foot-operated rear doors.
For the first time, the van’s side sliding doors and rear liftgate will have optional Open ‘n Go foot activation, allowing users to open the doors automatically when the key fob is present and a foot or other object is passed by a sensor located below the doors. Along with the foot-operated rear doors, the new Town & Country will get USB charging ports on each of the three rows of seating as well as an optional built-in vacuum cleaner just like the Honda Odyssey.
The 700C Concept (seen above), which was revealed at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, will heavily influence the styling of the new minivan.
Now expected to arrive as a 2017 model year, the new Town & Country will get an upgraded version of the brand’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine along with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The current Town & Country with a six-speed automatic transmission returns 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
Although details on the Pentastar V6 engine upgrades are being kept quiet for the time being, we do know that the minivan will get an all-wheel drive variant that uses an electrically-powered rear axle for additional traction when required. Expected to arrive later this year is a plug-in hybrid variant.
[Source: Automotive News]
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