To date, the only Chrysler model devoid of a sinister-looking ‘S’ trim level is the Town & Country minivan – but that changes for the 2013 model year. Chrysler says the new 2013 Town & Country S, which debuts later this month at the 2012 Los Angeles auto show, injects some “downtown style” into its seven-passenger family truckster.
If you’re familiar with Chrysler’s 200S and 300S models, then the cosmetic revisions applied to the Town & Country S should come as no surprise. To help add some contrast to the van’s exterior brightwork, the Town & Country S receives a black chrome grille insert, headlamps with blacked-out bezels, and winged Chrysler emblems with black backgrounds. The thin-spoke 17-inch aluminum wheels are almost identical to those used on other Town & Country trims, but accented with black-painted pockets. On the subject of paint, customers will be able to choose from only four exterior colors, including Brilliant Black, Deep Cherry Red, Stone White, or Billet Silver.
The interior color scheme matches that of the exterior. The monotone black cabin includes a black headliner, black upper consoles, and a black center console. Door trim, dash trim, and appliqués applied to the steering wheel spokes are all of a piano black finish. Seating surfaces are a mixture of black Torino leather, but accented with Ballistic cloth seat inserts. Front seats receive an S logo embroidered into their backs, but all seats boast grey accent stitching, as do front door armrests. Like the Town & Country Limited, a new dual-screen Blu-Ray rear seat video entertainment system is standard on the Town & Country S.
Mechanically, the Town & Country S is no different than its lesser siblings. A 283-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Chrysler’s release notes the van uses a “performance suspension" -- officials tell us the van receives firmer dampers and a little different chassis tuning, leading us to suspect the Town & Country S may ride more along the lines of the "sporty" Dodge Grand Caravan R/T.
Chrysler says the Town & Country S slots between the existing Touring and Touring L trims, and its MSRP -- $32,990, including destination charges --rings in just below the Town & Country Touring L. Expect further details to be disclosed during the Los Angeles show, and look for the vans to roll into showrooms nationwide this summer.