The Dodge Grand Caravan is the indisputable forefather of the minivan as we know it, and for 2011 its rising like a Phoenix from the ashes to usher in a new generation of cutting-edge people movers. The 3.3L, 3.8L, and the 4.0L V6 engine options offered in the previous model years have been sent to the glue factory, replaced by Dodges newest bomber: the 3.6L Pentastar V6. Mated to a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission, the new Pentastar punches in at 283-horsepower and 260 lb.-ft of torque and easily outpaces the celebrated 3.8L V6 of yore.
As a symbol of the revival under the redesigned hood, the 2011 Grand Caravans front fascia has been revised to feature Dodges new signature split crosshair grille and aggressively sculpted headlights. The assertive styling cues are continued by Dodges new ring of fire LED taillights and a ride height now skulking 12 millimeters closer to the ground. Inside, Dodges new design direction is even more apparent thanks to completely redesigned soft-to-the-touch surfaces and a bold, futuristic instrument cluster.
Safety, style, and sensationalism are the three core values we sought to integrate into the new Grand Caravan, and we think we were pretty damn successful. Check out the gallery below and judge for yourself.