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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.

[Dodge]

 
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