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Chrysler 700C concept minivan quietly rolls into Detroit

Posted Jan 9th 2012 6:29PM

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The crowd here at the Detroit Auto Show may be oohing and aahing over the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart, but something else caught our eye at the Chrysler display here inside Cobo Hall. The swoopy minivan you see above is the Chrysler 700C Concept, a vehicle that we hadn't heard a peep about until we spent a few minutes talking with Rick Deneau from Chrysler Brand Communications.

Deneau told us that, in essence, the 700C is simply a design study of what the future of the Chrysler minivan could look like, and that its presence here in Detroit is simply to gauge interest from not only the media, but consumers and the general public. It's a three-row vehicle, styled here at Chrysler's headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and truth be told, that's really all there is to say.

It's a futuristic look for a minivan, and significantly more swoopy than the decidedly boxy Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan twins that currently roam the streets. The backward-sloping sheetmetal that disguises the B-pillar is interesting, as are the rear taillamps that extend upward onto the rear wheel well arches. Even so, many of the Autoblog staffers have mentioned that, while forward-thinking, this concept looks like it could have been designed ages ago. We can even see a bit of last-generation Nissan Quest in the rear three-quarter and side profile, too.

Check out the 700C Concept for yourself in our attached high-res image gallery, and give us your take on the minivan design study in the comments.

Image Credit: Copyright 2012 Steven J. Ewing/AOL

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sportwagon79

Looks like a leftover from the Cerberus days of trying to get into bed with whoever would lift the sheets. Chrysler was hot to trot for a while with Nissan (joint venture pickup truck building anyone?) and this looks like the byproduct of crossbreeding a Town & Country with a Quest. Best to leave Chrysler to develop their own concept cars and quit trying to do someone else's vision of their own stuff.

January 13 2012 at 8:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
matthewmk2

That's a really nice looking Minivan.

January 11 2012 at 3:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lee

No way this would fly in America..... people want things the way they are.

I think it looks good and this concept would work great anywhere ELSE in the world, however.

January 10 2012 at 11:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply