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2011 Chrysler Town & Country Minivan Refreshed and Powered by New 283HP Pentastar V6

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2011 Chrysler Town & Country Minivan Refreshed and Powered by New 283HP Pentastar V6

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2010

These are the first official photos of the 2011MY Chrysler Town & Country minivan that has been facelifted to entice more buyers away from the likes of the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna people carriers. Key changes include some subtle cosmetic tweaks on the outside, a refreshed interior boasting higher quality materials, improved driving dynamics and a new Pentastar V6 engine.

The updated Town & Country gets Chrysler's newly styled and smaller in size corporate grille along with redesigned front and rear bumpers, a resculptured hood, new tail lamps and a reworked tail gate featuring the firm's new badge and a chrome strip that runs the full width of the car.

Interior revisions include the newly designed instrument panel and steering wheel with integrated controls that allow the driver to operate the radio, cruise control, hands-free phone and other vehicle function, plus a new heating and cooling control system. Chrysler says it has also upgraded the cloth and leather seating materials and added new "soft touch" plastics on the door panels.

Under the hood, the biggest change for the 2011 model is the addition of the Chrysler Group's new Pentastar V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 3.6-liter unit produces 283HP and 260 lb.-ft. of torque achieving an estimated EPA fuel economy rating of 17mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

That's compared with the previous 197HP 3.3-liter and 230HP 3.8-liter and V6 units on the 2010MY Town & Country, which returned 17/24mpg and 16/23mpg respectively.

The automaker said that the 2011MY people carrier also benefits from improvements to the driving dynamics, a new fuel economizer mode that helps maximize fuel economy and reductions in noise, vibration and harshness plus equipment upgrades.

Built at the Windsor Assembly Plant, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Chrysler's revamped minivan will arrive in U.S. showrooms in the fourth quarter 2010.

link:

http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2010/09/2011-chrysler-town-country-minivan.html

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A decent refresh. That interior shot looks promising.

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CHRYSLER UNVEILS REVISED 2011 TOWN & COUNTRY

By Drew Johnson

Continuing its rollout of 15 new or heavily revised models, Chrysler has unveiled its 2011 Town & Country minivan. Consisting of a heavy refresh, the 2011 Town & Country gets new interior and exterior designs, along with a new powertrain.

Exterior changes to the 2011 Town & Country are slight, but give the minivan an updated look that falls in line with Chrysler’s other 2011 models. Inside the Town & Country’s refresh is a little more thorough, including a new steering wheel, a new instrument panel design and upgraded materials.

Chrysler’s new Pentastar V6 will be the only engine on offer for the 2011 model year, delivering 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Shifting through a six-speed automatic transmission, the 2011 Town & Country is expected to return 17/25 mpg.

Production of the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country is likely already underway at the company’s Windsor Assembly Plant, with sales slated to kick off by year’s end.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/chrysler-town-country-2011.html

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Chrysler releases details, images of refreshed 2011 Town & Country

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Sep 14th 2010 at 1:01PM

Chrysler is continuing to hone the minivan that started it all – the Town & Country (okay, so it was the Plymouth Voyager and the Dodge Caravan, sue us). For 2011, buyers can look to find a slew of safety and technology treats on board, both in standard and optional trims. Every 2011 Town & Country will ship with tricks like blind spot and rear cross-path detection as part of what the company says is a 40-strong list of features designed to keep families as safe as can be. In a segment that's primary focus is shepherding herds of young ones around town, we're guessing that's going to be a strong selling point.

Of course, as important as safety is, it's also pretty boring. Fortunately, Chrysler has loaded up the new Town & Country with enough entertainment goodies to keep even the most spastic of rug rats sufficiently sedated. Buyers can opt for a dual-DVD system that can play separate media at the same time, SIRIUS backseat TV with plenty of children's programming or FLO TV with 20 channels of programming. There's also a raft of new instrument panel changes and softer touchpoints, along with a refined Stow 'n Go seating system. Road trips will never be the same.

For you lead-footed moms and dads late to soccer practice, under the hood, Chrysler has packed the company's new 283-horsepower Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 with 260 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which helps the six-pot net 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

Hit the jump for the press release and check out the gallery of exterior and interior changes below.

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/14/chrysler-releases-details-images-of-refreshed-2011-town-and-count/

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The back end will never be these van's strong point, but the front looks smoother and more refined. Really looking forward to seeing that new interior. That was the biggest shortcoming of these vans (and build quality and apparently reliability).

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decent job with what little time and money they had. interior looks promising. the ass end you can't do anything with unless you steal the routans butt, but they seem to have made good lemonade with the sour lemons. this might put this back on the 'keep an eye on' list for me. the new ody looks tough to beat.

what is LOL, is that the new caravan refresh is supposed to be more to make it like a crossover.

we've heard of 'crossover sport vans' before........

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