The minivan now comes with a new powerplant, in the form of a 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 unit that delivers 283 hp and a maximum torque of 260 lb-ft (323 Nm). This is the only available engine and replaces the 3.3-liter, 3.8-liter and 4.0-liter V-6 engines of the 2010 model.
The engine’s transmission has a special economy-orientated function (Fuel Economizer Mode) that maximizes fuel efficiency at the switch of a button. The vehicle’s efficiency is further enhanced by a a 12 millimeter lower ride height, new premium, lower-rolling resistance tires, a new spoiler and reduced brake caliper and rear bearing drag.
Dodge designers have worked to offer the vehicle a strong, masculine attitude. The minivan received a new front fascia that includes the new Dodge signature “split crosshair” grille, a new hood and quad headlamps. The vehicle has also been fitted with a more sculpted rear fascia, and fresh LED taillamps.
The automotive producers has made sustained efforts to upgrade the interior of the vehicle. The cabin received a new, one-piece instrument panel, redesigned center console, new trim rings, more comfortable, larger seats that feature a one-touch fold down function. Customers also receive new materials as well as fresh trimming.
The 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan will be available in four trim levels: Express, Mainstreet, Crew and the R/T (Dodge describes this as the “ultimate Man Van).
The facelifted minivan will enter the market by the end of the current year, with the R/T version coming in spring 2011.