Chrysler 700C Concept - 2012 Detroit Auto Show
Arguably the most atypical Chrysler model ever to wear the iconic "C" designation, the Chrysler 700C Concept was a surprise reveal at Detroit. Execs admit this slick styling exercise was created more to elicit feedback from attendees about its appearance and features than to serve as a precursor for any real production model. However, it does present a number of interesting design possibilities that could find their way into some future minivan offering.
Offering three-row seating with room for seven, the Chrysler 700C seriously rewrites the conventional people-mover formula from the exotic sweep and contours of its bodywork to its adventurous pillar and greenhouse treatments, this one-off clearly moves several steps beyond any offering from the organization that created the original minivan.
While some of the elements on the 700C Concept seem unlikely additions to a future volume-build alternative, unique touches like its blended two-piece door handle that serves as a bodyside accent and a Chrysler wing badge on the rear that's incorporated on the lower part of the back glass have sufficient real-world appeal to make the cut. Although Chrysler Group boss, Sergio Marchionne is on record as wanting the automaker's future minivans to display a greater sense of style, don't expect to see any of the 700C Concept in the next-generation Town & Country that's due out next year.