After tossing out the facelifted 2011 Avenger earlier today, Dodge has now unveiled the revised 2011 Grand Caravan. If you have been following the news on the Chrysler Group's 2011MY products, you won't be surprised to know that the changes on the Grand Caravan can be summed up in the following points: Pentastar V6; overhauled interior; re-tuned suspension and subtle exterior mods.
In detail, the 2011 edition of Dodge's minivan gets a redesigned interior with a one-piece instrument panel and a three-spoke steering wheel (optionally heated), while soft-touch and higher quality materials have been used throughout the cabin. There's also an available "super" center console with added functionality and storage plus more comfortable and larger Stow 'n Go seats with a new, easier to use one-touch fold down function.
You'll probably have to be a fan of the Grand Caravan to notice the exterior revisions, which are limited to a split crosshair" grille, a new hood and front bumper design, quad headlamps plus a more sculpted rear fascia and liftgate, and LED tail lamps.
Underneath the sheetmetal, the suspension has been re-tuned and lowered, while the 3.3-liter, 3.8-liter and 4.0-liter V-6 engines have all replaced with the group's 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 delivering 283 ponies and 260 lb.ft of peak torque. The new engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
When it arrives in dealerships later this year, the 2011 Grand Caravan will be available in three configurations - Express, Mainstreet and Crew. However, in Spring of 2011, Dodge will add a sportier R/T version to the range. No specific details were given on the R/T, but Dodge said it will feature unique design cues inside and out.