Posted Feb 5th 2012 8:41AM
Chrysler surprised the crowds at Cobo Center with the 2012 Chrysler 700 C concept Minivan, a concept car that could be an early first look at the company’s next minivan. Per Chrysler’s Patrick Hespen, the story behind the Chrysler 700 C concept is pretty simple: the design studio cooked it up like any other design study, Sergio Marchionne thought it was interesting and said put it on the stand and see what people think. The decision to even bring it to the show was made less than two weeks ago. It has no engine or drivetrain to speak of; it’s purely a model Chrysler 700 C Concept Minivan.
Hespen says this vehicle isn’t a promise of what’s to come, just one idea. An official press conference is set for Tuesday, when we expect more details on the possible replacement for Chrysler’s minivans, which were introduced in 2008 and updated for the 2011 model year.
As far as details are concerned, Chrysler didn’t really share any. Judging by the photos, though, the Chrysler 700 C Concept Minivan looks pretty svelte and stylish for a minivan. The profile looks fresh and is dominated by a pair of slit-like headlights. The grilles are pretty much non-existent while the front bumper sports plenty of aggressive details. True to its mini-van roots, the Chrysler 700 C concept has rear sliding doors, and almost as if adding more flavor, it sits on a set of pretty chromed-out wheels. Since Chrysler’s so interested in feedback on this concept, and we are too, leave yours in the comments. If minivans looked like this, would you drive one to soccer practice?