Spy photos of the new 2017 Chrysler Town & Country have been leaked by various auto blogs.
The photos show the new Town & Country hidden behind an all-black garb. While the details of the look and exterior changes is hard to make out due to the camouflage, one thing that Chrysler couldn’t hide was the overall look. It seems to have done away with the boxy look associated with minivans and is looking more and more like what many of the new Chrysler vehicles look like under Fiat’s rule. It looks like a lot of the smooth and curvy lines similar to those in the new 2015 Chrysler 200.
Auto Evolution has more photos than just the outside. They managed to get a peek inside the windows to survey the interior design. What is there isn’t surprising. The new Town & Country will be taking much of what works from the rest of the Chrysler family. This includes a digital instrument panel. As Auto Evolution notes, however, this may just be a prototype and is most likely going to change before the 2017 model hits showfloors.
Not much else is known about what Chrysler has in store for its new minivan. It will represent a new era of the company as it seeks to do away with vehicles that overlap one another. For that reason, many of the minivan-esque models that are in the whole of the Chrysler umbrella will be phased out and the Town & Country will be the remaining minivan in the whole of the line-up. It only stands to reason that all of the best ideas will be put to use somewhere and somehow in the 2017 Town & Country.
The diesel engine came into the market because of the demand from consumers. They wanted a diesel engine on a Ram truck and when Ram finally delivered, they flocked to it. It has been a huge win for the company, so it would stand to reason they’d start seeing if a diesel engine was possible elsewhere. With the 2015 Chrysler 200 being the newest hit for the company, maybe it is time to explore the diesel option for a sedan.
Auto Evolution is reporting that Chrysler has a 2.2-liter diesel engine for the new sedan. The codename attached to the project is “DeTomaso” a nod to the Italian automaker.
This discovery was uncovered by Allpar.com doing some digging around in the back end of DealerConnect. It then lead Autonews on a “ghost hunt” as they referred to it. While the engine was indeed showing up still on DealerConnect, Chrysler was unwilling to confirm they had found a smoking gun. However, a colleague confirmed that Alfa Romeo was indeed working on a 2.2-liter turbodiesel that would be fit for a 200 should the company be nice and bring it state-side.
It sounds like an engine does exist, one that would work but it begs the question of should the company make a diesel option for the Chrysler 200? I don’t see a good reason not to. The diesel engines for the 1500 and Jeeps have been popular. It seems that drivers really like the idea of having that option. I don’t know if diesel users would spring for a sedan, but it might not hurt to try it out.