We've yet to see finalized information regarding trim levels for either the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan or 2011 Durango, but the automaker has officially released pricing information on both of the family-friendly haulers.
Dodge isn't saying much about its 2011 Durango that you haven't already read, but it is apparently comfortable disclosing price points for the all-new SUV. The entry-level 2011 Durango Express starts at $30,045, including an $825 destination fee. That sum nets buyers a two-wheel-drive model; springing for all-wheel-drive adds an extra $2000 to the window sticker.
The next-step up is the Durango Crew, which starts at $34,045 for rear-wheel-drive models, and $36,045 when equipped with all-wheel-drive. Dodge officials tell us the Crew adds additional standard features, but won't detail precise content levels at this time. Needless to say, the CrewLux package, which costs $5000, is expected to add additional features, bringing it close to the content levels of the top-end Citadel model, which stickers for $42,645 in two-wheel-drive form, and $44,645 with all-wheel-drive.
All 2011 Durango models are fitted with Chrysler's new 3.6-liter V-6 as standard equipment, which delivers 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Those desiring V-8 power will be able to opt for a 5.7-liter V-8, although we've yet to see if this engine will be offered across the entire lineup, or if it is relegated simply to Crew and Citadel trims.
Dodge unwrapped the first official details of its 2011 Grand Caravan last week, but the automaker continues to hold trim details and content level information close to its heart. At this stage, we do know that the 3.6-liter V-6 and a six-speed automatic is the sole powertrain package for 2011 models, including the base Grand Caravan Express, which stickers at $25,830 (including an $835 destination charge).
For those keeping score, that's roughly $1335 more than the base 2010 Grand Caravan, although the new powertrain (previous base models were stuck with an anemic 3.3-liter V-6 and a four-speed automatic) alone may be worth the premium. Dodge won't detail the particulars surrounding the 2011 Grand Caravan Mainstreet or Grand Caravan Crew (which are priced at $26,830 and $29,530, respectively), but both will likely add additional standard equipment. The 2011 Grand Caravan R/T, which is priced at $31,430, reportedly receives some sporty appearance touches, along with a new suspension tuning.
We'll learn more about the entire range of vehicles in short order -- not only is Chrysler expected to release the remainder of its 2011 model year information in the next few weeks, but both 2011 Durangos and Grand Caravans are expected to roll into showrooms nationwide by the end of the year.