2015 Chrysler Town & CountryThere’s arguably no demographic that focuses on budgeting more than families. Putting kids through school, shelling out for all the accoutrement that comes with after-school activities, coping with copious doctor’s appointments and feeding the whole family takes a lot out of one’s paycheck. Plus, when you’re carting two or three or more people off to a litany of different locations, it’s without a doubt going to be tough on your gas budget. It’s quite surprising, then, that carmakers haven’t offered the people most concerned about their wallets with the best money-saving option on the roadways: there is no hybrid minivan.


Thanks to the good folks at Chrysler, though, there will be soon. Recently, Chrysler announced plans to bring a battery-powered Town & Country to the market sometime in 2016 for the 2017 model year. Expected to make its debut at next year’s Detroit Auto Show, the hybrid minivan is expected to get 75 mpg while still boasting all the get-up-and-go a rowdy family needs.


“It will be the best minivan you can possibly imagine; the most technology advanced; the best minivan you’ve ever seen in your life,” exclaimed Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne in January.


In addition to a regular hybrid, the Town & Country will also come in a plug-in iteration, the first of its kind for any Chrysler vehicle. Other info about the vehicle indicates that it will be slightly taller and wider, meaning more room on the inside. In addition, it will feature a 7-inch driver-information display screen in lieu of gauges and an 8.4-inch touchscreen for the Uconnect infotainment system.


That’s all a lot for families to get excited about! It may seem far away, but the 2017 model year will come up fast, and this time Chrysler will be more than ready for moms and dads across New Jersey and the rest of the nation. We can’t wait for this innovative vehicle to make its debut at our Chrysler dealership in Lakewood, NJ, and we hope you keep in touch for more information as it becomes available.