A minivan with a familiar name will start rolling off the assembly line in Windsor in a few weeks.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will start producing the Chrysler Grand Caravan destined for the Canadian market in the fall.
FCA has had to discontinue the Dodge Grand Caravan because it wouldn't be able to meet tougher new emission standards. The new Chrysler Grand Caravan will meet the standards.
FCA describes the van as "designed with budget-friendly family customers in mind," but with a sticker price of just under $38,000, the base model of the Grand Caravan — built on the same platform as the Pacifica — is the same price as the base model of the Pacifica.
"So the question now is what is different between the two, other than the name?" queries Greg Layson, digital and mobile editor with Automotive News Canada.
FCA spokesperson LouAnn Gosselin points out the Grand Caravan SXT, which is one step up from the base model, is actually $3,950 less than the Dodge Grand Caravan trim package it is replacing.
In order to keep the price point down, the new Grand Caravan will not have Stow N' Go seats in the second row of seating, only in the third row. The base model will have a bench seat and the SXT will feature removable bucket seats. Gosselin says Stow N' Go seats in the second row will be available as an option for an extra $2,000.