In April, Chrysler brand chief Al Gardiner told The Detroit News that if they could produce a minivan capable of travelling 30 or 40 miles on electricity alone before switching to a hybrid mode, the vehicle could return a “game changing,” 80 eMPG. Today, Chrysler put a teaser out for what is presumably the 2017 Town & Country and again, we see the number ‘80’ used.
In our opinion, it’s not a coincidence that the number ‘80’ is used here and that we’ve seen Gardiner use it when speaking about the upcoming hybrid minivan. The 2017 Town & Country will be Fiat Chrysler’s first true mass-market hybrid vehicle, so they’ve got to get it right, and by releasing a van with an impressive return of 80 eMPG they’d be catching critics’ attention.
However the number seen above is actually ‘880’ not ‘80’, but we think there’s good reasoning for that, too. The first 8 is blue, not green like the ‘80’, and it’s filled with people, making us think it refers to the number of occupants the new Town & Country will hold. The van would presumably gain an extra belt in the second row and take along an additional passenger, but it’s impossible to say for sure.
We’re just speculating here, but thankfully the debut of the 2017 Town & Country at the 2016 North American International Auto Show isn’t far out. In the meantime, you can sign up to receive updates on the 2017 Town & Country at Chrysler.com, or you can simply check back to FC Authority.