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Chrysler adds up-level minivan

Town & Country gets an S model like those for the Chrysler 200 and 300

Published: November 29, 2012, 7:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 3:30 PM

Chrysler's 2013 Town & Country S model makes at the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show, this week. As the latest "S" model in the Chrysler line-up, it joins the 200 sedan and convertible and 300 sedan.

Like them, the Chrysler Town & Country S features exterior and interior enhancements as well as some standard equipment commonly associated with top-line models.

"It's the downtown style for the Town & Country’s uptown looks," said Saad Chehab, President and CEO for the Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group LLC.

The Town & Country S gets a black chrome grille, a black rear fascia step pad, "S" model badging, 17-inch aluminum wheels with polished face and black-painted pockets and blacked-out headlight bezels (to be added later).

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Inside there's a monotone black interior unique to the model. Black leather seats have an "S" logo embroidered in the seat backs and both seats and door armrests feature grey stitching.

Piano Black gloss appliques adorn the instrument panel and on the spokes of the black leather-wrapped steering wheel and there's another "S" logo in the instrument cluster.

Perhaps more compelling for some buyers is a segment-exclusive dual-screen Blu-Ray DVD system with HDMI input, two USB recharging ports, a 12-volt outlet and a 115-volt two-prong outlet as standard equipment.

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This system, new for 2013, allows rear seat passengers to view standard and Blu-Ray DVDs or to play a high-definition video game system on the new, higher definition, screens. Wireless headphones allow rear seat passengers to use the system without front seat passengers hearing the accompanying audio.

The 2013 Town & Country S also features a performance suspension that is said to add a new level of handling dynamics to the driving experience, while maintaining a comfortable ride expected in a luxury minivan.

Chrysler's 3.6-litre Pentastar V-6 engine, which produces 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque is the only powerplant available and it's mated to a 62TE six-speed automatic transmission.

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Standard safety features include ParkView rear back up camera, front seat-mounted air bags, a driver-side inflatable knee blocker, advanced multi-stage driver and front passenger air bags, side-curtain air bags for all three rows, and electronic stability control, including Brake Assist and all-speed traction control.

New for 2013 is standard trailer sway damping that monitors a towed trailer’s behavior and automatically uses Town & Country’s anti-lock braking system to mitigate any swaying motions.

The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country minivan is built in Canada at Chrysler’s Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario.