Chrysler S platform

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The Chrysler S platform and its successors are automobile platforms upon which the minivans manufactured by Chrysler Group LLC are built. The minivan platform has evolved through five generations, from the original S platform forming the basis of the Dodge Caravan, Plymouth Voyager (discontinued) and Chrysler Town & Country — to the current RT and RM platforms, which underpin the current Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country, Chrysler Grand Voyager, Ram C/V, and Volkswagen Routan.

The minivans are currently manufactured at the Windsor Assembly plant in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.


S Platform, Generation I, 1987-1990 Dodge Grand Caravan

The S platform descended from the Chrysler K platform and underpinned the Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans, as well as the now defunct Plymouth Voyager minivan. Chrysler manufactured the Generation I minivans, internally codenamed T-115 during development from October 1983 until 1990. Origins of the T-115 platform date back to the late 1970s.

The earlier Minivan models included a sedan delivery model with optional double back doors in place of the one-piece lift-gate, as well as the overwhelmingly popular station wagon model.

As with the Suburban moniker for their Plymouth passenger-car based station wagons, Chrysler reportedly failed to trademark the Minivan name. The Suburban name was then trademarked by General Motors for their Carryall light truck-based vans which evolved into light-truck-based station wagons now commonly referred to as SUV's and the term minivan became applied to all van-type wagons and is sometimes applied to cabover type vans.



AS Platform, Generation II, 1994-1995 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE

Developed from 1985 to 1989, Generation II was introduced in 1990 and called AS. Design specifications were chosen in 1987 and were evolutionary. This was the last K-based version of the S platform, as the NS platform switched to a new cab forward design.



NS Platform, Generation III, Dodge Grand Caravan ES

Generation III of the platform was developed from early 1990 to December 26, 1994, being introduced on January 4, 1995 and called NS. Its cab forward design was defined by September 23, 1991 and inspired by the 1992 Chrysler EPIC concept minivan, designed in-house by Julie Dolan in mid-1991. Final exterior designs were development program approved in May 1992 and frozen for scheduled late 1994 production that same month. The first NS prototypes were built in November 1992 and presented on November 24, 1992 to Chrysler executive management. The 1992 "Reinventing Chrysler" documentary, provided footage of the NS design process in the spring of 1992.[1][2][3]



The Chrysler GS platform is the European counterpart to the North American Chrysler NS platform.



RS Platform, Generation IV, 2007 Dodge Caravan SXT (SWB model)

Generation IV of the platform was introduced on January 10, 2000 and was called RS.



CS Platform, 2004-2006 Chrysler Pacifica

The CS is a variant of the RS platform made specifically for the Chrysler Pacifica crossover SUV.



The Chrysler RG platform is the European counterpart to the North American Chrysler RS platform.



RT Platform, Generation V, Dodge Grand Caravan SXT

Generation V Chrysler minivan was introduced at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show as a 2008 model, based on the new RT platform. It offers a new 4.0 L V6 as its top engine, mated to a six-speed automatic. The short-wheelbase model was dropped, and, as a result, there is no longer a Dodge Caravan, only the Grand Caravan. A version of the Chrysler Town & Country is sold in Europe as the Lancia Voyager and several other export markets as the Chrysler Grand Voyager. In Europe this version is equipped with a standard 2.8 L 4-cyl turbodiesel engine (which is also standard on the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan in the Philippines) and six-speed automatic transmission. For 2011, all the previous engines were dropped and replaced with Chrysler's new 3.6L Pentastar V6.


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RM Platform, 2009 Volkswagen Routan SE

A new Volkswagen minivan, named Routan, was introduced at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show and manufactured by Chrysler alongside its own minivans in Windsor, Ontario. The Routan, marketed by Volkswagen exclusively in the North American market, is based on the RT platform and drivetrain — with revised interior and exterior styling as well as feature content from the Chrysler vans.

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