Chrysler Town & Country Origins
The 1990 Chrysler Town & Country is a dressed-up Grand Voyager. This vehicle serves as Chrysler’s introduction to the minivan market. By the end of the 1990s, other manufacturers joined Chrysler in offering a van or SUV with a luxury angle.About the Chrysler Town & Country
Known for its fine handling and well-appointed interior, the Chrysler Town & Country offers buyers room for up to seven passengers and with multiple rear seat configurations. It offers ample cargo space for families that transport sporting equipment or luggage.Chrysler Town & Country Features
The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country comes equipped with a 3.6-liter, 283 hp V-6 engine and a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission. The engine is designed as a flexible fuel vehicle; it can run on unleaded gasoline or E85 ethanol. EPA estimates mileage at 17/25 mpg city/highway.
The suspension is comprised of a front, independent McPherson strut suspension, and a torsion beam rear suspension with stabilizer bar.
Among the standard equipment on the base Touring model are 17-inch alloy wheels, variable intermittent wipers, a rear window wiper, a rear defogger, power rear quarter windows, a roof rack, a power rear liftgate, four-wheel ABS, front, rear and third row head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, emergency braking assist, ventilated front disc/solid rear disc brakes, engine immobilizer, fog lights, stability control, traction control, and electronic brakeforce distribution.
A Trailer Tow package is available if you want to tow an RV behind your van. Maximum towing capacity is 3600 pounds.
The interior of the Town & Country is roomy and offers the utmost in upscale comfort. Standard equipment includes eight-way power driver and front passenger bucket seats, leather upholstery, folding rear seatback, reclining rear seats, manual folding split-bench third row seats, and rear ventilation ducts with fan control. Convenience features should satisfy even the most discriminating driver or passenger. They include cruise control, adjustable pedals, front console with storage, cupholders in each row of seating, power steering, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, heated mirrors, universal remote transmitter, three power outlets disbursed throughout the interior, tilt/telescoping leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio and cruise controls.
The air-conditioning includes air filtration and three-zone climate control. Front and rear reading lights offer visibility to passengers when traveling at night. To keep the passengers entertained on long trips, the Town & Country is equipped with separate rear audio, AM/FM/CD/DVD/MP3/USB/Satellite and audio system with six speakers, and a DVD player with remote control and Bluetooth capability. An optional Media Center offers control of the electronic entertainment as well as a navigation system. MOPAR UConnect Web lets you access the Internet.
Chrysler offers the Town & Country in three trim levels: Touring, Touring-L, and Limited. The Touring-L and Limited models offer even more conveniences and upgraded upholstery.
Among the additional features of the Touring-L are variable intermittent rain-sensing wipers, manual rear window and rear side window sunshades, a power sunroof, a driver’s seat with power adjustable lumbar support, height adjustable driver and front passenger seats, rear parking sensors, Super Console, second row bucket seats, and third row stow seats.
Additional features available on the Limited model include dusk-sensing headlights, xenon HID headlights, leather and wood heated steering wheel, turn signals in mirrors, and memory settings for two drivers and the audio system.Chrysler Town & Country Evolution
Chrysler introduced the Town & Country to the U.S. market in 1990. The 1991 models are the first to include anti-lock brakes and a driver’s side airbag. In 1992, Chrysler discontinued the simulated wood paneling on the vehicle. The 1994 model offers the option of a 3.8-liter engine and includes a passenger-side airbag.
The 1996 Town & Country boasts a complete redesign. It has a shorter wheelbase and a driver-side passenger door, as well as dual-zone temperature controls. Chrysler introduced the LX and LXi trim levels this same year.
In 1997, the SX model replaced the LX, and the brand began offering extended length models with all-wheel drive. The 1998 model offers a more powerful 3.8-liter V-6 engine. A new grille and high-intensity headlights round out its improvements.
The 1999 model year saw the introduction of the Limited trim level. Then, in 2000, Chrysler made changes to the models to distinguish the LX from the LXi.
The 2001 Town & Country features a redesign that includes a removable center console and a power liftgate. Following in 2002, the model boasts major upgrades to the audio system and DVD player, which uses wireless headsets. The eL model from this year can also be purchased at a more affordable price.
The 2003 model includes upgrades to the audio system, a new power sunroof, and all-wheel drive (available only on LXi and Limited models). In 2004, a short wheelbase option was added and a limited edition Platinum model introduced.
For the 2005 model year, Chrysler introduced Stow ‘n Go seats for the second and third rows. And, in 2006 the company made improvements to the vehicle to improve its side impact crash ratings.
Once again, in 2008, the van underwent a complete redesign, resulting in a new 4.0-liter V-6 engine. No further changes were made to the vehicle until 2011, when a restyled interior and exterior included improvements to the suspension.