- Chrysler Group has filed a patent to improve its signature Stow 'n Go seats, an upgrade that may show up on the 2015 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans.
- The improved seats collapse in less space.
- The upgrade eliminates the need for users to move the front-row seats fully forward to stow the middle row.
AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Chrysler has filed a patent to improve its signature Stow 'n Go minivan seats, allowing them to collapse in less space. The upgrade may show up in the 2015 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan.
The new design, by inventors Carl Mather and Todd Teasdale, has the second-row seats folding first and then going in to the floor. This streamlines the process by eliminating the need for users to move the front-row seats fully forward to stow the middle row.
The new setup also creates a flat floor with two pieces — one hinged to the floor, the other to the seat back. Currently, one piece hinged to the floor covers the collapsed seat.
The tweaks have been in the pipeline for years. Chrysler originally filed the paperwork in December 2011, but it finally received the patent in July 2013.
The Stow 'n Go seat was originally introduced for the 2005 model year.
Chrysler spokesman Rick Deneau declined comment about the patent and in what model year it will make its debut when contacted on Monday by Edmunds.
To view the patent, visit here.
Edmunds says: Chrysler's ready to make the lives of minivan families even easier with this new technology.