Chrysler is gearing up to offer an optional plug-in hybrid version of its next generation Town & Country.

Supplier documents posted online confirm the optional hybrid powertrain for the minivan, along with information about modifications to the Windsor Assembly Plant, reports Automotive News. Located in Ontario, Canada, this 4.4-million square foot factory builds the Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan and Ram Cargo Van.

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Currently, no other manufacturers have a hybrid minivan on the horizon, making Town & Country the model for this segment. This will also be the first plug-in hybrid from Chrysler which also has no hybrids of any type now on the market. The company stated that it also wants to develop a PHEV version of a new full-size crossover.

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After being rated as the carmaker with the lowest average fuel economy in the U.S., Fiat-Chrysler will need to continue working of fuel efficiency in order to meet upcoming CAFE regulations.

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The possibility of the PHEV minivan isn’t ground breaking, with reports floating around for the past year.

Last May, as part of its five-year plan, Chrysler announced that a PHEV version of the Town & Country would accompany the minivan’s update. At the time, Chrysler anticipated a 2016 launch date, though, putting the PHEV minivan’s debut date of 2017 be a year behind schedule.

Other changes from the current Town & Country generation will include a new rotary knob-style shifter placed in the center console. The minivan will also grow slightly, with fractions of an inch added to the height and width.


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