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Dodge believes that just because a driver needs the versatility of a
minivan doesn't mean that the experience has to be boring. So engineers
redesigned and retuned virtually every system in the new Grand Caravan's
suspension. That major suspension overhaul, combined with a new V-6 engine that
delivers best-in-class horsepower, gives Grand Caravan drivers a dynamic driving
experience that other minivans in the segment just don't deliver. Get behind the
wheel, and enjoy a driving experience once never thought possible in such a
At the heart of the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan is an
all-new powertrain. The new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine is mated to a
six-speed automatic transmission. This potent combination replaces all three of
the previous minivan engines. Gone are the 3.3-liter, 3.8-liter and 4.0-liter
V-6 engines, all replaced with one high-tech, high-performing and highly
responsive motor that hits the sweet spot between power and efficiency.
With the Pentastar engine, the new Grand Caravan delivers best-in-class
horsepower (283 hp compared with 197 hp in the previous 3.8-liter V-6 engine)
and more torque (260 lb-ft versus 230 lb-ft) without sacrificing fuel economy.
It features a new driver-selectable Fuel Economizer Mode. With the flip of a
switch, drivers can change the transmission shift schedule to maximize their
fuel efficiency. In addition, a 12 millimeter lower ride height, new premium,
lower-rolling resistance tires, a new spoiler and reduced brake caliper and rear
bearing drag all contribute to Dodge Grand Caravan's excellent fuel economy.
Dodge has also redesigned the 2011 Grand Caravan to match its new attitude
about driving. A new front fascia that sports the new Dodge signature "split
crosshair" grille, a new hood, quad headlamps, all of which combine to give the
face of the 2011 Grand Caravan a more aggressive look. A new, more sculpted rear
fascia and liftgate, new rear "ring of fire" LED taillamps and new Dodge badging
complete the look from front to back.
will step inside to an all-new interior for 2011. A modern, new one-piece
instrument panel is more intuitive for the customer with improved ergonomics and
larger, redesigned gauges. An available new "super" center console provides
clever functionality and storage for the active commuter, as well easy
driver/passenger access with a pass-through storage space for larger items, like
a purse. Trim rings in the console glow an ambient blue-green color, which
allows passengers to find the items they are looking for at night. The Grand
Caravan also features more comfortable, larger Stow 'n Go seats with a new, easy
to use one-touch fold down function. New, premium seating materials and new door
trim are soft to the touch. A minivan-first heated steering wheel option and the
best storage in the segment round out the improved interior.
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