Whether a person buys a minivan like the Chrysler Town & Country or a small crossover to serve as his or her family vehicle, there are a lot of criteria to consider. One way in which the crossover has typically always won out, however, has been fuel efficiency. Smaller vehicles carry less weight and so require smaller, more efficient engines, but based on what FIAT Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne recently said at the Paris Motor Show, that all may be about to change.
The 2015 Chrysler Town & Country, according to Marchionne, is slated to get itself a plug-in hybrid drivetrain option in a little over a year, and the efficiency numbers attached to the proposed drivetrain will blow most of the CUVs in the industry out of the water.
That moves up the timetable for putting a PHEV drivetrain in the Town & Country, as it was previously assumed that it wouldn’t be made available at your local Chrysler dealership until the generational upgrade for the minivan would hit dealerships. The last we heard, that was supposed to be sometime in 2016.
Now, we assume, the PHEV drivetrain will be made available on the last version of the minivan before the major upgrade takes hold, giving plenty of consumers more than enough reasons to avoid putting off their new minivan purchase for another year.
Whenever the actual release date may be, we’re thrilled to know that so desirable a drivetrain option will be made available to our consumers, and with efficiency thrown out of the picture, minivans may retake the leg up over crossovers very soon.