Despite prior reports that CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Sergio Marchionne said FCA will launch a plug-in hybrid Town & Country late this year, he has since said it aims to unveil it at the Detroit auto show next January.
The plug-in hybrid minivan capable of all-electric driving and extreme mpg has been anticipated by those wishing for a vehicle to fill this conspicuously empty product segment in North America.
At the Chicago Auto Show this week, Al Gardner, president and CEO, Chrysler brand – FCA North America again confirmed the vehicle is indeed pending and part of a broader five-year plan to compete with Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota, Honda and Nissan.
Last month, reports the Detroit Bureau, Marchionne said the goal now is to have the minivan ready for pre-production showing by Detroit’s event. This statement actually matches previous reporting from last May that 2016 was the target year and counters an Automotive News report last October the agenda would push it up a year to 2015.
FCA has seen more growth with its Jeep and Ram products, and Gardner said Chrysler will “face off” in six categories against rivals with the minivan being part of its plan to make Chrysler more relevant to consumers.
Presently the company has no hybrids or plug-in hybrids for sale in North America. The Town & Country has previously been reported as capable of up to 75 MPGe from a V6-based system.