How the Grand Caravan’s Seating Features Have Evolved
Seating versatility can be an essential feature, especially when a customer is pursuing a minivan. That’s why it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the Grand Caravan has included a variety of unique capabilities over the years.
Before you pursue a Dodge Grand Caravan in Miami, see how the nameplate’s seating arrangements have changed over the years…
Super Stow ‘n Go
This seating and storage system is included in the current crop of Grand Caravans. The second- and third-row seats can easily fold flat and be hidden, allowing for up to 143 cubic feet of cargo room. This isn’t much of a surprise, as you’d expect this plentiful amount of room based on the length (202.8 inches), width (78.7 inches) and wheelbase (121.2 inches) measurements.
When the seats are up, the seven-passenger vehicle offers a roomy second (65-inches of hip room, 36.5-inches of leg room) and third (48.7-inches of hip, 32.-7inches of leg) row.
The system was originally introduced in 2004 (without the ‘super’ tag), and it was only included in vehicles with longer wheelbases. The company invested more than $400 million into establishing the design, and they actually used the iconic erector set to help visualize their project. Their work ended up paying off, as the unit was named 2005’s “Best of What’s New” by Popular Science Magazine.
Swivel n’ Go
After the “Stow n’ Go,” there was the “Swivel n’ Go.” Introduced in 2007, the system allows the two full-size second-row seats to flip around and face the third row. A detachable table could be placed in between, meaning you could comfortably play cards or eat dinner while on the road! While the second row couldn’t be hidden, the third rows had similar capabilities to the Stow n’ Go.
While the concept may sound risky, engineers protected the passengers by adding some much-needed safety capabilities. With the included swivel mechanism, the impact of a collision wouldn’t directly hit these back seats. Furthermore, the included bumpers and brakes keep the seat locked in.
Available in both the Grand Caravan and the Chrysler Town and Country, the unit was produced by Intier Corporation, a division of Magna. The system was retired in 2010, although plenty of car enthusiasts tried to add the system to their post-2010 models.
Early Seating Features
Before both of these seating arrangements, these types of features were rare for the Grand Caravan. The company included a second-row bench that could accommodate a pair of child booster seats in 1991, but that design was eventually thrown out in 2010.
In 1995, the brand introduced their Easy-Out Roller Seats. The innovative technology allowed owners to remove their back seats for maximum cargo room. Sitting on a rolling track, the easily-foldable seats were easy to remove and easy to install. The only issue was finding a place to store those seats when they weren’t in your van.
The system can still be found in some of Dodge’s current vehicles, although it’s rarely teamed up with the Stow n’ Go.