Chrysler Teases EV Reveal For NAIAS, Extended Range Town & Country With…

JAN 7 2016 BY JAY COLE 62

Chrysler Teases What Looks To Be A Plug-In Reveal For the NAIAS In Detroit Next Week

Chrysler Teases What Looks To Be A Plug-In Reveal For the NAIAS In Detroit Next Week (click to enlarge)

The Chrysler 700c Concept Gives Us An Early Glimpse At Net Gen Town & Country

The Chrysler 700c Concept Gives Us An Early Glimpse/Foreshadows The Next Gen Town & Country

With the CES show in Las Vegas that just gave us the Chevy Bolt reveal about to wind up, we now get to relax until the next show starts...on Monday.

Leading the teaser charge into the NAIAS event in Detroit (press days start January 11th) is Chrysler with this newly hosted teaser image (above) on their main site.  (Full animation movie of the image can be found below)

We have to hand it to Chrysler, it is pretty subtle too.

To us, it looks like a countdown to pulling the covers off the new plug-in, extended range Town & Country minivan.  

We will let you have a crack at deciphering the meaning of “880” yourself, but just to get you started – how about 8 passengers, 80 MPGealthough we’d really like to think that the last “80” stood for all-electric range.

Chrsyler 700C - Stylistically Similar Front End To New T&C Plug-In

Chrsyler 700C – Stylistically Similar Front End To New T&C Plug-In

Chrysler 700c Concept

Chrysler 700c Concept

Last year, Chrysler not only confirmed the plug-in Town & Country was headed to production, but that it would arrive in late 2016.  Work is already underway in Windsor, Ontario where the PHEV will be built this Fall.

Getting back to our 80 MPGe guess on the teaser – we may have cheated a bit.   One of the few things we know about the electric T&C’s capabilities is a quote from Chrysler CEO Al Gardner that promised to deliver “75 miles per gallon”.

As for the van itself, the plug-in version is said to have a lot of the same features as the petrol version, but the “Stow ‘n Go” seats…had to go (as well as the sliding door too apparently)in order to make room for electrification.

Special thanks to Jeff T and his sharp eye!

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Atrocious design.


It should be, the 700C was presented in January 2012. The design is 4 years old…


Designed not to sell. Like the first gen Prius.



We had a Chrysler Town & Country (gasmobile, of course). Loved the Stow & Go seats (2nd and 3rd row seats fold into the floor) and the sliding rear doors. Remove both of those… you might as well call it a station wagon.

They should have raised the floor behind the front seats to make room for a flat battery pack yet keep the minivan features. It wouldn’t be the end of the world if they had to install a step in the rear doorway!

This concept is a fugly design, too.


If it is priced right, I would get it in a heartbeat. I need something for my family of 6 to fit in and still have a plug.


This. I can’t speak for myself, but I know several people looking for people-haulers that have plugs.


Maybe it’s Not very Photogenic (I hope)I Hate to say this., But.., This Minivan Is Butt Ugly


PS…Reminds me of the 0ld GM Spock mobile..


Its not what’s on the outside.


Name a sexy mini-van?


Couldn’t care less about the styling. 30-40 miles aer and seating for 8 would be perfect. In a year or two I’ll be considering this, a used tesla, and that’s about it with 7 seats and a plug. Thank you Chrysler!

Eric Cote

Could this be the 8 person plug-in behemoth that Brian has always dreamed of?


If this isn’t staggeringly expensive, it could end up being very popular.

80 MPGe feels like about 30 mile AER for a vehicle this size. That would be pretty awesome.


Nope. I’ll keep dreaming. Besides, I’ve moved on. I now want my mid-life-crisis sports car!


Faraday Future FFZERO1?


I am batman!

Mister G

Robin can sit on your lap

George Bower

I agree Brian. :]

George Bower

only in my case it would be an “end of life” crisis :]

Someone out there

8 wheels and 80 hp? 🙂


8 seats, 80 cup holders


8 cup holders & 80 transistors


8 miles EV range, 80 USB ports?


88 miles range, 0 visual appeal.


8 cylinders, 80 watt/hrs


The Chrysler logo always makes me think of those cheap plastic “pilot’s wings” pins they used to hand out on airplanes when I was a kid.


I remember them always being made of metal. I must be older than you.


I had several, from 5-6 airlines, in the early 1970s. All were plastic.


I had a couple of metal ones from the early 70’s, but they were from trans-Atlantic flights mostly on KLM, and maybe also on PanAm. Perhaps they gave the higher quality metal wings on long international flights, or it was only KLM that gave metal ones.

David S.

800 miles range on gas + 80 miles AER ?


80 thousand dollars?


$880 a month for 88 months, North America loves debt


I would fire the designer of that car on the spot. The shareholder of Chrysler is (at least partly) Italian right ? (Fiat Group). They know how to design a car usually…


I 8(Hate) the looks..

Looks like it 8 (ate) something bad.

0 interest…


There is a gas hose in the first 8, and then two plugs in the 80.

Plus the first 8 is surrounded by people/pets/stuff. So I’m inclined to agree that it’s seating for 8.

But the two plugs in the 80 lead me to believe that it’s not 80MPGe. I’d love it to be 80 miles AER, but that would require a price tag near $80,000! 😉

I can’t think of anything better, though.

Robert Weekley
Well, since Fiat is in Europe, and Not in Germany, maybe the two plugs mean it can plug in anywhere – and has CCS AND a Tesla Plug! (Elon did say he was discussing the Supercharger and Access with a OEM from Europe that was not in Germany, and Fiat fits that definition!) Imagine – if you could charge at any public Plug (J1772), use the CCS Fast Chargers, AND Tesla Superchargers (& Destination Chargers) – AND – CHAdeMO – with the Tesla CHAdeMO Adapter (or – a Chrysler labeled copy of it!) IF THAT were True of this – a lot of heads would be shaking! While it could be a Range Extended EV that NEEDS TWO Wall Plugs to charge it up, I like the above Explanation better! And – it it was actually – 80 Miles AER, Plus 800 miles Range on Gas – AND Carried 8 People, it would be quite a feat, Particularly if it could use the Supercharger Network!! It would be almost a Coup for Chrysler if they [Fiat] were in fact, able to make a deal with Tesla and partner with them!! Notice the Tesla Italy Supercharger plans for this year –… Read more »

Sounds like a wonderful vehicle you’ve envisioned there. Too rich for my blood, though.

But I like the idea that it supports two plugs. Heck, that could just mean that it supports CCS as well as J1772. Doesn’t the Outlander PHEV have a CHAdeMO port?


Outlander PHEV does have a CHAdeMO. Such a rare bird.

Tony Williams

Maybe not as rare as a BMW i3 with CHAdeMO, J1772 (under the hood) and a gasoline inlet.


Pictures or it didn’t happen 😉

Robert Weekley

Interesting that the Gas Hose and the first Plug are designed in the figure ‘8’, and the second plug is in the racetrack like ‘0’!

To me this sounds a bit like either: ‘Commuting on Gas or Electricity, with a Long Distance Charging Option’, or – ‘Commuting on Electricity (with Zero Emissions) and Taking Long trips on Electricity and Gas for Backup!’

And – on YouTube: “Chrysler 880. What will it be?” – – the Animations shows, among other things – little lightening bolts flashing between the prongs of the plugs! the Second 8 and the 0, show people walking and riding bikes – ostensibly much more ‘Green’ than driving an ICE, for example!

Even Torque News is chiming in on this one – (I think they saw the Fuel Hose, but looks like the Missed the Two Plugs!)


My guess on the Tesla SuperCharger partnership would be Austin Martin with their new EV push.


Looking at the side view, I see the face of an alien looking out on the world….

Robb Stark

Ford charges a $14k premium for its Fusion Energi over its base version.

T&C base MSRP is $29.9k. I would expect premium for PHEV version to be no more than $44k. With Federal tax credit just under $40k.

With a JEEP version coming a year later.

I expect them to sell quite well with no direct competition. Should be bigger and cheaper than Outlander PHEV.


Bigger? Sure. Cheaper? Highly unlikely. The gasoline Outlander is one of the cheapest SUVs in Europe, it’s mids-sized, and the PHEV is 5-seater only.

An 8-seater Chrysler PHEV (assuming at least 25mi AER) will be full-size, much heavier, ergo need much larger battery capacity.
Mitsu als ohas some economies of scale on its side, since they’ve been selling it for a while.

Robb Stark

T@C will be made in North America not shipped from Japan which adds ~6k per unit in cost.

Anyways, in the US BEV-PHEV market there is not a direct relationship between cost and retail price.

FCA needs to sell X amount of PHEVs and BEVs to earn enough ZEV credits to remain CARB compliant and sell enough fuel efficient cars to offset Rams to remain CAFE compliant. Ditto GM vis-a-vis Silverado and Suburbans and Ford vis-a-vis F150 and Expedition.

They need X price to get Y sales.

My guesstimate is under $40k after Federal Credit.

Mitsubishi does not need Outlander PHEV sales to offset gas guzzlers. It only needs a handful of ZEV credits to remain CARB compliant.

Given prices for Outlander PHEV in international markets sans VAT my guess is at least $50k MSRP.

Tony Williams

Mitsubishi is exempt from CARB Zero Emission compliance.

They don’t need to sell a single one.


I hope its an EV! An electric Chrysler could be a real competition for the Focus electric. Which company lacks the most interest in designing and selling an EV. It could have a range of 88 miles and and a new fast charging standard no one else uses. So its 88 miles of range and 0 fast charging options. That wouldn’t sell so much!


Nope, not pure EV. The picture clearly has a gas hose in it, as well as (two?) plugs. The only reasonable assumption is a PHEV.



8 miles of all electric miles and 80 MPGe running in EV mode…



8 year old design. Will be in the shop for repairs 80 days a year.


8 Minutes to 80 MPH in EV mode. Yeah, that is what they are trying to say.

The racetrack background is their way of saying, “Professional driver on a closed course. Do not attempt on city streets”.


Lol. Y’all and your 880 stuff.

Since the concept was 700C, I’m thinking this one is 800C with 80mpge.