For all twenty-seven years that Chrysler has built minivans, it's been selling them under at least two brands. With the 2014 model year, that's finally about to end. That's when a next-generation minivan arrives and the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan go their separate ways. Crucial to splitting the two lines will be a new architecture that allows for much more flexibility, including the ability to underpin a large sedan. One possible approach could be a mini-minivan in the vein of the Mazda 5 for one marque. Also expect to see hybrid technology under the hood later in the vehicle's life cycle.
Chrysler 300C SRT8/ Dodge Charger SRT8
WHAT More power and more technology for Chrysler's sportiest sedans.
WHEN Late 2011
HIGH GAS PRICES BE DAMNED The newest go-fast renditions of Chrysler's big sedans are both more powerful and more efficient than the previous versions, thanks to more displacement combined with cylinder-deactivation technology. Under low-load, steady-state cruising, the burly 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 fires only four of its cylinders. With all eight cylinders in action, both SRT8s have an impressive 465 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque to play with. Shift paddles, adaptive dampening, blind-spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control are all new to the 2012 SRT8 sedans.
Dodge compact sedan
WHAT A Caliber replacement riding on Fiat underpinnings.
FIAT'S FIRST FIX The flagging Caliber is the first Chrysler product to receive major Fiat first aid. The next Dodge compact will be a sedan in place of the current hatch and will be based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta chassis. A special fuel-economy package will yield 40 mpg.