2008 Dodge Grand Caravan cargo van. Click image to enlarge
Auburn Hills, Michigan – This fall, Dodge will introduce a new “garageable” Grand Caravan cargo van for commercial and small business customers. “An ideal solution for a variety of businesses, the all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan cargo van’s efficiency, flexibility and versatility make it the perfect work-vehicle for commercial customers who simply don’t need the massive power of a Dodge Ram or the cavernous interior of the Dodge Sprinter,” said Michael Accavitti, Director – Dodge Brand SRT Marketing and Communications.
The 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan cargo van is powered by a 3.3-litre V6 engine with flex-fuel (E85) capability mated to a four-speed automatic transmission delivering 175 horsepower and 205 lb.-ft. of torque. The drive-train is bolstered by a special commercial-tuned heavy-duty front and rear suspension allowing for heavier cargo and added capability. The suspension, combined with hydraulic power-assist rack-and-pinion steering, front anti-roll bar and twist beam rear suspension with coil springs provides enhanced handling and driver comfort.
The Dodge Grand Caravan cargo vans provide 143.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity, 58.9 cubic feet of front compartment volume, maximum Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 6,050 lbs., Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of 7,000 lbs., payload capacity of 1,500 lbs. and towing capacity of 1,800 lbs.
A rear hatch door and dual sliding doors provide ease of loading and unloading. Rear seats are not included to provide ultimate storage capacity. For increased protection, an industrial cargo floor covers the cargo area and front rubber floor covering is standard.
Standard features include 16-inch steel wheels, a 20-gallon fuel tank, power front windows and locks, front and rear power outlets, no intermediate or rear seats, industrial cargo floor and front rubber floor covering, sunscreen glass, dual manual-sliding doors, sliding door alert system, halogen headlamps, manual liftgate with single floodlamp, 12-volt power outlets in the instrument panel and rear quarter trim, tire pressure monitoring system, and intermittent front and rear wipers. An interior delete option is offered which removes the second- and third-row interior trim.
Additional standard comfort and convenience features include front bottle holders, dual glove boxes, AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio, and YES Essentials stain- resistant, odor-resistant, anti-static cloth fabric.
More than 15 standard safety features include advanced multi-stage front air bags, side-curtain air bags (with option to delete), Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with traction control and brake assist, four-wheel anti-lock braking system, BeltAlert, brake/park interlock, constant-force retractors, Door Alert, dual-folding exterior mirrors, Enhanced Accident Response System (EARS), front crush sensors, halogen headlamps, loose fuel cap message on instrument cluster, pretensioners, side door alert warning, three-point lap/shoulder belt with height adjusters, tire pressure monitoring system, and a patented energy-absorbing steering column.
The typical customer for the all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan cargo van includes entrepreneurial small- business customers such as “mom and pop” type businesses, operators of small fleets of 10 vehicles or less, and service and delivery vocations such as florist, dry cleaner and package/parcel operators. Target audience also includes small fleet customers with anywhere from 10 to 49 vehicles.
The all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan cargo van arrives in dealerships this fall. Pricing has not been announced.