2013 Chrysler Town & Country S Preview: 2013 LA Auto Show

November 26, 2012
Chrysler is expanding the S family of models with a Town & Country version, which will make its debut this week at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. With a clean, distinctive look, the S trim gives the people mover a more modern design with small styling adjustments.

The exterior of the Town & Country S features a black chrome grille with a black-background Chrysler badge. Also standard are 17-inch aluminum wheels with a polished face and black-painted pockets. After initial launch, Chrysler will also add headlights with blacked-out bezels. On the rear, you'll find a step pad adorned with the S logo accent.

Inside, the Town & Country S has an all-black color scheme. The seats are covered in Torino leather with black Ballistic cloth inserts, and feature the "S" logo embroidered into the seat backs. The seats and armrests feature gray stitching while the center stack, instrument panel, and leather-wrapped steering wheel have piano black trim. You'll find the "S" logo on the dashboard, too, and a black headliner rounds out the interior design.

The "S" model features a segment-exclusive Blu-Ray DVD system along with an HDMI input, two USB charging ports, a 12v outlet, and a 115v two-prong outlet.

The only engine available is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, rated at 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. To maximize fuel efficiency, Chrysler has added a "fuel economizer mode," which we presume upshifts at a lower engine speed. Also helping fuel economy are low-rolling resistance tires, low-drag brake calipers and reduced-friction rear bearings. All these features result in fuel economy estimates of 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

Safety-wise, the Town & Country has the goods to keep your family out of harm's way. From the standard ParkView rear backup camera to the electronic stability control, this minivan has it covered. Also new for 2013 is trailer sway damping. 

The 2013 Town & Country S will be in dealerships sometime between May and June with a base price of $31,390 including destination.

Chrysler said the "S" models are making up nearly 25 percent of the 200 and 300 sedan sales. Now, the only question is how well will the "S" edition of the Town & Country sell?

For more information be sure to read our full review of the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country. Also be sure to bookmark our Los Angeles Auto Show hub for all the latest from the show floor.

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