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2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Preview

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As Dodge continues to work its way through its updated 2011 lineup, we're beginning to see a trend in the new styling of the now truck-free brand, and it relies heavily on the split-crosshair grille. The 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan, unveiled this morning, is no different--though it is different from last years model in a number of ways.

First, the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan gets an all new powertrain centered around the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine. Paired with a six-speed automatic, the new combo replaces a multitude of options from last year, including the 3.3-liter, 3.8-liter and 4.0-liter V-6 engines.

Power in the Grand Caravan application is now 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet, upgrades of 86 horsepower and 30 pound-feet of torque over the previous work horse for the Grand Caravan, the 3.8-liter V-6. But it's not all about power--efficiency is considered too. A new programmable transmission lets the driver flip a switch to go from fuel-saving to power modes, while a 12-millimeter lower ride height, lower rolling resistance tires, and a new spoiler reduce drag on the minivan.

New looks include a new front fascia that highlights the Dodge grille, a new hood, quad headlamps, and "ring of fire" LED tail lights to give the 2011 Grand Caravan a much fresher look, unified with the rest of the 2011 Dodge lineup.

Inside, a heavily redesigned interior sports a one-piece instrument cluster, a "super" center console with lots of space and a pass-through space for larger items. More premium materials are used throughout, and the Stow 'n Go seats are now larger and easier to use thanks to a one-touch fold-down button.

With four trims available, the Caravan will be available to fit any lifestyle, with the "Man Van" Grand Caravan R/T due out next spring.

The 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan will be arriving in showrooms later this year.


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  1. Sure looks like Dodge has addressed all the issues of the Caravan. Dodge once again can take claim to being the "class of the field" in the van market.
    Dodge should be the must shop van on everyone's list. Once tested, Caravan shines in most areas.
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