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Grand Caravan is staying with us for another year

Grand Caravan is staying with us for another year

The Dodge Grand Caravan is staying in Canada for an extra year according to a release from FCA. While it is being discontinued in other countries, the Grand Caravan will remain on sale next year. The main difference is that it will no longer be the Dodge Grand Caravan but Chrysler Grand Caravan.

So technically, the Dodge Grand Caravan is ending at the same time as everywhere else. But for Canada, the Chrysler Grand Caravan which is exactly the same vehicle will remain for at least another year.

2021 Chrysler Grand Caravan

There will be two versions of the 2021 Chrysler Grand Caravan, the base and SXT models. Both will be available exclusively in Canada for the model year with no word as yet what will happen afterwards.

The design will remain the same. A round-edged aero shape with minivan proportions. A small front end with huge windshield, large roof with slight downward slope to the rear and a large tailgate to facilitate easy loading.

It’s an attractive vehicle for a minivan and competes well in the market.

Under the hood

Under the hood of the 2021 Chrysler Grand Caravan will be the ever-reliable 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine that produces 287 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. It will use a nine speed automatic transmission to drive the front wheels.

Presumably, the current suspension and chassis setup will remain the same. That will provide a solid, reassuring character on the road with relatively little body roll and decent manoeuvrability. It’s an accomplished configuration that works for extended roads trips and for school runs.

The base trim will have cloth upholstery, Stow n’ Go, Uconnect 4 up front with 7 inch screen, compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless entry and button starter.

The SXT trim adds power front seats, body coloured side mirrors, 17 inch aluminium wheels, active grille, automatic lighting and tri-zone climate control.

Both versions will have the usual list of optional extras including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front collision warning with emergency braking, rear park assist, pedestrian detection, remote start, heated steering wheel and front seats, power sliding door and liftgate release, SafetyTec Suite and Sirius XM satellite radio to name just a few.

It’s good to see another crossover alternative given a stay of execution. The 2021 Chrysler Grand Caravan/Dodge Grand Caravan is a solid contender in the people carrier market and competes well with the imported competition.

If you need to haul the family around and want something a little different than your neighbours, the 2021 Chrysler Grand Caravan could be it. Visit Unique Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, 915 Walkers Line, Burlington, ON L7N 3V8 to learn more.

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