The next-generation Chrysler Grand Voyager will reportedly feature motion sensors under the rear doors and tailgate that will allow the driver to operate these doors hands-free.
According to Automotive News, the Chrysler’s next-gen people mover will not only feature hands-free rear door and tailgate operation, but also USB ports for each of its three rows of seating.
Mainstream versions of the new people carrier will be powered by an upgraded 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 paired. A nine-speed automatic transmission is expected to replace the current car’s six-speed unit.
Sources told the industry publication that the new Grand Voyager bears a lot of the styling cues used on the second-generation Chrysler 200 (below), which is only made in left-hand drive. It’s believed that the new car is inspired, to some degree, by the unheralded 700C concept of 2012 (above).
The family friendly Chrysler will again be based on a front-wheel drive platform. For the first time, though, the people mover will be offered with all-wheel drive. If reports are correct, AWD will come courtesy of an electrically powered rear axle.
Other features for the new van include an 8.4-inch touchscreen Uconnect infotainment system, redesigned seats that fold more easily into the floor, and optional built-in vacuum cleaner.
It’s also understood that towards the end of 2016, Chrysler will debut a plug-in hybrid version that should yield a fuel economy rating of around 3.1L/100km.
The current-generation Grand Voyager debuted in 2007, and was given facelift and update in 2010. While Australia has been treated to the car’s updated exterior, the completely revised dashboard design did not make its way into right-hand drive models.
At present in the US, Fiat Chrysler’s people movers are sold as both the Chrysler Town & Country and the Dodge Grand Caravan. For the next-generation vehicle, the lightly restyled Dodge variant will be eliminated.
The new Grand Voyager/Town & Country will debut in early 2016 in the USA as a 2017 model year vehicle.
It’s not known, at this stage, if the next-generation people mover will be built in right-hand drive. Ominously, Chrysler Japan has withdrawn the Grand Voyager from sale, while Chrysler will exit the UK by 2017.