Next Chrysler Minivans to Get AWD, 9-Speed Trans

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Chrysler’s next-generation minivans will benefit from improved fuel efficiency and all-weather functionality.

The new family haulers will come packaged with Chrysler’s new nine-speed automatic also used in the company’s 200 mid-size sedan and Jeep Cherokee. That equipment will offer the vans a bump in fuel economy, but they will also be offered with all-wheel drive according to a report by Automotive News.

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During the Detroit Auto Show last month, FCA CEO Sergio Marhcionne said the new vans are 95 percent complete. Other changes to them include revised “stow-n-go” seats that will require less space than the current units. Chrysler first previewed the new vans during the 2012 Detroit Auto Show with the 700C concept shown here.

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[Source: Automotive News]

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

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