Chrysler plans to add all-wheel drive to its next-generation minivan.
Chrysler also plans to offer a plug-in hybrid version of the new Town & Country, which may play a big part in how the all-wheel drive system is packaged. “You have two choices: you either trade the Stow ‘n Go or you go with electric motors in the back. It’s not that complicated. We’re exploring both,” said FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne.
A traditional all-wheel drive setup would require a driveshaft running to the rear wheels, which would get in the way of the stow and go seats which fold into compartments in the floor. If offered, the electric motors would likely be tied into the plug-in hybrid setup, which means that traditional gas-engine buyers may not have the all-wheel drive option available to them.
Marchionne also said that electrification will be coming to more models, prioritized by which units need the most help with fuel efficiency. Starting with a plug-in hybrid minivan was the “most beneficial” according to Marchionne.
The next-generation Chrysler minivan is expected to debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January of 2016.
[Source: Automotive News]
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