Next generation Chrysler Minivan to feature AWD image

The next-generation Chrysler minivan and a companion crossover will have all-wheel drive, according to Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne.

The new minivan platform will spawn both a traditional-looking (read: boxy with sliding doors) minivan and a “people carrier that is still taking shape,” Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne told the newspaper.

In Marchionne’s words, “This platform better have more capability than the one we have, including all-wheel drive capability and the ability to get narrower.”

Marchionne is clearly thinking about a global platform, since narrower minivans would be essential for success in the European market.

Nearly a decade ago Chrysler did offer an AWD version, but it was axed due to low take rate and because it took up space that Chrysler then used for its Stow ‘n Go seats.
The new Chrysler Town & Country is expected in 2014, roughly the same time an agreement with Volkswagen to extend the Routan could be extended.