By Jennifer Geiger on November 25, 2012
For parents who think driving a minivan is the opposite of cool, Chrysler has your new ride. For 2013, the automaker is giving its Town & Country a dose of style with a capital S.
The Town & Country S version adds black cabin and exterior trim, as well as more interior features and a sport suspension. (We're not kidding.) According to the automaker, the move is aimed at taking the minivan into luxury territory. The new trim joins top-of-the-line S versions of Chrysler's 200 and 300 sedans.
The interior and exterior go to the dark side, with a black chrome grille, black-background Chrysler and S model badges, a black step pad, 17-inch aluminum wheels with black pockets and blacked-out headlights. Available exterior colors include Brilliant Black, Deep Cherry Red, Stone White and Billet Silver.
Inside, the cabin wears more black. There are black leather seats with gray contrast stitching, glossy black plastic trim on the instrument panel and steering wheel, a black headliner and a black center console. S logo badges are peppered throughout.
"We tailored the new Town & Country S for the active and style-minded consumers. It's the downtown style for the Town & Country's uptown looks," Saad Chehab, Chrysler brand president and CEO, said in a statement.
Power is unchanged and still comes from Chrysler's 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6. New equipment includes a dual-screen Blu-ray player with HDMI input and two USB ports.
The 2013 Town & Country S goes on sale this summer, and it will slot between the Touring and Touring-L models in the lineup. It will start at $32,990, including a $995 destination charge.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer