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2012 Chrysler 700C Concept: Detroit Auto Show

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Chrysler surprised the crowds at Cobo Center with the 700C, a concept car that could be an early first look at the company's next minivan.

Few details are available, but while we're working on bringing them to you, we'll just point out some of the clever design details we saw as we caught the 700C right after its unveiling. For one, the concept's winged Chrysler badge is embedded in the rear glass, instead of in its body panels. The concept also has nested side door handles that look like a single piece of bright metal trim.

According to Ralph Gilles, Chrysler's senior VP of product design, and president and CEO for SRT and motorsports, the 700C is purely a concept—one designed by a special team at Auburn Hills and placed at Detroit to gauge customer response to a potential design direction for next-gen minivans.

Other first glances show some clearly unproduceable bits, like the angle of the B-pillars.

An official press conference is set for Tuesday, when we expect more details on the possible replacement for Chrysler's minivans, which were introduced in 2008 and updated for the 2011 model year.

Stay tuned as we dig into this concept, and as we bring you everything from Cobo Center in our 2012 Detroit Show coverage, here or via Facebook and Twitter.

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  1. Good thing our 2008 Town & Country has a lifetime warranty, because I don't see myself giving it up for anything that looks even remotely like this! This thing makes the old Pontiac Aztek look positively stunning by comparison. I could get used to the front end - and the back end (I guess) - but that glass and sheetmetal treatment flanking the B-pillar has got to go! Pffffft!
     
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  2. Awesome van design. I hope they produce it!!
     
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  3. The B pillar looks normal. Do not be led astray by the paint treatment.
     
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  4. What does this mean, "do not be led astray by the paint treatment"?
     
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  5. I meant that the structural B pillar looks normal. The body side sheet metal is painted to make the window outlines seem very swoopy. Not like the first plastic-bodied GM vans that had the top rear of the front doors right up and back as to become a poke in the eye.
     
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  6. This vehicle is gorgeous and I would be the first to purchase this vehicle if produced. I had one Minivan a 1998 Chrysler Town and Country which was one of the best vehicles I have ever owned. My son still has that vehicle and uses it as a daily driver. It has close to 260,000 miles on the odometer ans still looks good.
     
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  7. Very interesting concept. Hopefully, it will be produced.
     
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