Sergio Marchionne, CEO of the Chrysler Group, announced that the 6-generation Town & Country will be offered with the all-wheel drive, again.
Starting with the 2-generation minivans, the Town & Country came with the AWD that was either optional or permanent. In 2004 though, the minivan decided to go back to the roots and adopt the FF layout. The deal was that the AWD layout took up space Chrysler wanted to use for the Stow and Go seating system, which required the under-vehicle room for the second and third row seats that folded completely under floor.
There is another piece of news: the Dodge Grand Caravan may soon leave the Dodge lineup. At the moment, the Chrysler Group is trying to get rid of the redundancy among their brands. The company modifies the look of such vehicles as the Dodge Avenger/Chrysler 200 and the Dodge Charger/Chrysler 300 to make them look different though they share powertrain and architecture. As the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Caravan are identical since their introduction, Marchionne had to decide, which of two would stay in production. With the Town & Country moving ahead, it seems that the Dodge Grand Caravan will be dropped off.