Responding to increased competiton from rivals such as Honda's new Odyssey, Chrysler is to introduce what it bills as "the most powerful minivan on the planet", a 230 horsepower 3.5-litre model badged as the Chrysler Town & Country Limited.

"With our 230 horsepower 3.5-liter engine, we're upping the ante in the horsepower category and offering yet another choice for those in the market for a new minivan,'' said Richard O. Schaum, executive vice president - product development & quality, Chrysler Group.

"This is just the latest in a series of product actions that we plan to take in order to ensure that Chrysler and Dodge minivans maintain leadership in every single segment within the minivan market.''

The Town & Country Limited comes standard with a 215 horsepower 3.8- liter engine at a base price in the U.S. of $35,840. The 230 horsepower all-aluminum V6 single overhead cam 3.5-liter engine, the same engine featured in Chrysler's popular 300M, will be offered as an additional option. Pricing will be determined later this month and the new model goes on sale in March.