Chrysler has made a massive splash at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit with its all-new Pacifica minivan. Slated to replace the long-tooth Town & Country minivan for the 2017 model year, the Pacifica boasts several innovations on top of its good looks and swanky new interior. Leading headlines is the hybrid version. Not only is this a first for Chrysler, but it’s the first hybrid system found in a minivan.

The addition of the hybrid powertrain should help Chrysler clinch sales. The hybrid market is growing, but the choices of vehicles is limited. Families growing out of their Prius or Volt should find the Pacifica’s available eight-passenger seating most spacious. FCA is quick to point out the addition of the hybrid’s batteries does not impede interior space or cargo room. Sadly though, hybrid owners will have to give up their Stow n’ Go second-row seats.

Chrysler spent considerable attention to the Pacifica’s new looks. The minivan ditches the old, tired looks of the outgoing Town & Country for something more modern and fresh. The corporate design language is clearly seen in the front while everything rearward enjoys all new shapes. This is done in hopes of lessening the stigma of driving a minivan. The crossover SUV segment is hot these days, driven by people who don’t want to be seen as a professional parent. The Pacifica might not single handedly change that, but it should win over a handsome number of buyers.

Let’s dive into what makes the Pacifica Hybrid tick and its differences from the standard Pacifica.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.

  • 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    Electrically Variable Transmissio
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    287 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
    262 (Est.)
  • Displacement:
    3.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8.0 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    110 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    34000 (Est.)
  • car fuel:
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Exterior

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The 2017 Pacifica is a looker. It might not be a fastback coupe, but it’s one of the better minivan designs on the market – or at least it will be once it hits showrooms in the fall of 2016.

Up front, the Pacifica wears a grille and headlight design shared by the Chrysler 200 sedan.

Up front, the Pacifica wears a grille and headlight design shared by the Chrysler 200 sedan. A swoopy upper grille flows into the headlights while the lower grille does the same with the fog lights. Chrome bezels brighten up the design, along with the chrome Chrysler badge.

Opting for the Pacifica Hybrid changes a few things. The easiest to spot is the bespoke grille slats. The horizontal shape helps imply a look of fluidity and aerodynamics, making the van look more streamline and organic. A set of hybrid-exclusive, 18-inch wheels with low-rolling resistance tires furthers the hybrid identification. Lastly, if you see the Silver Teal Pearl paint – as seen on the van above – it’s a hybrid. That paint scheme is only available on the hybrid.

The Pacifica othersise carries the same looks as the standard van. The LED daytime running lights up front and taillights out back help highlight the modern design.

Interior

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Like the outside, not much is different within the van’s confines. Obvisouly as you read before, the biggest difference is the absence of Chrysler’s well-loved Stow n’ Go seats. Opting for thy hybrid drivetrain necessitates the storage of the Lithium-ion battery back below the floorboards, eliminating the storage bins the Stow n’ Go seats would tumble into. Nevertheless, the Pacifica doesn’t’ lose any interior volume or cargo space.

The hybrid version still sports the all-new dashboard, infotainment screen, and center console.

The hybrid version still sports the all-new dashboard, infotainment screen, and center console. The swoopy lines continue, created by high-end materials stitched together with French seams and accented by aluminum trim pieces. The center stack now features FCA’s popular rotary gear knob in place of the bulky gated shifter from the Town & Country, along with the highly regarded 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system. Simplistic yet fully functional HVAC controls allows for quick adjustments. Down low, storage bins help keep things organized, while USB ports allow for device charging and media transfer. Ording the optional DVD system includes a Blue-Ray player.

The driver has a use of a beautiful TFT display screen between the analog gauges within the instrument cluster. The screen gives vehicle information and redundant infotainment system info.

Drivetrain

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The system gives the Pacifica an impressive all-electric range of roughly 30 miles.

Now to the meat and potatoes of the Pacifica Hybrid: its drivetrain. The minivan utilizes a similar 3.6-liter Pentastar gasoline V-6 engine as the non-hybrid version, but it uses different technology to help improve efficiency. The cooled exhaust gas recirculation and the two-step valve lift from the non-hybrid engine are gone, replaced by an Atkinson combustion cycle. Electric power comes from a 16 kW Lithium-Ion battery pack. The system gives the Pacifica an impressive all-electric range of roughly 30 miles. Once the battery is depleted, the gasoline engine takes over, extending the driving range by several hundred miles. Refueling is as simple as pulling into any gas station. Recharging the batteries, on the other hand, takes a plug-in adapter. Still, with a Level 2 system, the batteries are fully charged in roughly two hours.

The engine is connected to FCA’s innovative new Electrically Variable Transmission. It features two electronic motors that are mated to the engine via a planetary gear set with a one-way clutch. That clutch allows the engine to act as both a drive engine or as a generator, depending on several perimeters. Power is sent to the front wheels.

These improvements, plus the hybrid system help the Pacifica Hybrid earn an FCA-estimated 80 MPGe in the city.

Several drivetrain specifics came from an AutoBlog interview with FCA’s Kevin Mets.

Safety

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Like the standard Pacifica, the Pacifica Hybrid comes brimming with safety features. A new 360-degree camera system makes parking and reversing easier, as does an automatic low-speed braking function should something approach the van. There’s also ParkSense Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist features for navigate into tight spots. Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Hold functions, along with Lane Departure Warning and LaneSence, make the Pacifica nearly autonomous, though it technically doesn’t drive itself.

Forward Collision Warning-Plus acts to warn the driver should they not brake in time before hitting an object. If the driver fails to respond, the brakes are automatically applied, helping to prevent a crash. Blind-spot Monitoring is also standard.

Prices

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Chrysler has yet to announce official pricing of the 2017 Pacifica, but we can fully expect costs to increase over last year’s Town & Country. The 2016 T&C carried a starting price in the $29,000 range, so expect the Pacifica to start in the low $30,000 to $31,000 range. Opting for the Hybrid will add more to the bottom line, with the MSRP likely listing at $34,000 or $35,000. We’ll bring you the official pricing once FCA makes the announcement closer to the Pacifica’s on-sale date in the fall of 2016.

Competition

Honda Odyssey

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Honda is currently developing its replacement for the current Odyssey minivan, due out along side the Pacifica for the 2017 model year. There’s no solid news on the updated Odyssey, but rumors suggest the van will be more high-end, tailored to upper middle class families with a leather-lined interior and other niceties coming standard.

As for its powertrain, Honda could very well add a hybrid system to compete against the Pacifica. Regardless, the van will likely come powered by the latest version of Honda’s ubiquitous 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission.

Read our full review on the Honda Odyssey here.

Kia Sedona

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The Kia is still fresh, coming off its latest complete redesign for 2015. The minivan takes a decidedly upmarket approach, incorporating a stylish exterior that matches Kia’s sedans, while the interior is ripe with nice materials and optional reclining second row seats.

The Kia comes powered by a 3.3-liter V-6 that makes 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. There are five trim levels to choose from with prices starting at $26,400 and cresting into the low $40,000. Sadly, Kia does not currently offer a hybrid version, though the automaker could have something in the works.

Read our full review on the Kia Sedona here.

Conclusion

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The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and his Hybrid drivetrain is a very welcomed addition to Chrysler’s portfolio. This is the first application of a hybrid drivetrain in a minivan, so the market interest should be high – especially when combined with the van’s all-new appearance inside and out. Growing families, retired folks, and perhaps even small businesses or limousine fleets that need the extra fuel economy combined with the large passenger compartment should love the Pacifica Hybrid.

Of course, costs will be higher with the hybrid compared to the standard, gas-powered Pacifica, however, those spending a lot of time in inner-city traffic should be able to offset costs within a reasonable amount of time. Specifics on those numbers can’t be had until the EPA releases its findings on fuel economy and FCA releases pricing.

Nevertheless, the 2017 Pacifica Hybrid seems to be a homerun. It’ll be interesting to watch its sales numbers once it hits showrooms in the fall of 2016.

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    • * Hybrid batteries delete Stow n’ Go seats
    • * Will be more expensive than non-hybrid Pacifica

Press Release

Delivering unparalleled levels of functionality, versatility, technology and bold styling, the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica redefines the minivan segment.

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As the original creator of the minivan more than 30 years ago, FCA US LLC has transformed the segment with firsts – notching 78 innovations through the first five minivan generations. With the introduction of the all-new Chrysler Pacifica, FCA US adds 37 minivan firsts to its portfolio for an unprecedented total of 115 innovations in the segment.

“The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is truly a no-compromises minivan, giving customers everything they need or want,” said Timothy Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands, FCA - North America. “We started from the ground up to design the most technologically advanced minivan, which offers bold styling, class-leading ride and handling, and unmatched fuel economy, with the Pacifica Hybrid delivering up to 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in city driving. The all-new Chrysler Pacifica was thoughtfully designed and engineered to provide unsurpassed levels of comfort, convenience, technology and functionality, making it the perfect combination for modern families.”

Engineering
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica was re-engineered from the ground up on an all-new platform, delivering class-leading ride and handling and reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). Its body structure is the lightest and stiffest in its class, making it more responsive with lower levels of body roll and enhanced agility to absorb and distribute road inputs. Class-leading aerodynamics contribute to the Pacifica’s unsurpassed fuel efficiency.

The all-new Pacifica is engineered and executed to deliver a “vault-like” interior environment with low levels of wind noise, road noise and related vibration/harshness characteristics. Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) is standard on all models to further heighten the Chrysler Pacifica’s refinement factor during a comfortable daily commute or an extended road trip with family and friends.

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The Chrysler Pacifica boasts the largest interior volume in the segment, with clever storage, available eight-passenger seating, and – a requirement with all generations of FCA US minivans – the ability to fit an 8 x 4-foot sheet of plywood.

Powertrain
The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan features a choice of two powerful, efficient and advanced powertrains – the segment’s first hybrid vehicle, and the next generation of the award-winning Pentastar V-6 gasoline engine, which is mated to a segment-exclusive TorqueFlite nine-speed automatic transmission.

The Pacifica Hybrid, the industry’s first electrified minivan, will deliver an estimated range of 30 miles solely on zero-emissions electric power from a 16-kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery. In city driving, it is expected to achieve an efficiency rating of 80 MPGe based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards.

The pivotal technology behind the all-new Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is its innovative electrically variable transmission (EVT). Patented by FCA US, the device features two electric motors, which are both capable of driving the vehicle’s wheels.

On the Chrysler Pacifica gasoline models, the latest iteration of the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine produces best-in-class horsepower (287) and torque (262 lb.-ft.), along with unsurpassed fuel economy. Enhancements such as two-step variable-valve lift (VVL), cooled exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR) and innovative weight-reduction strategies boost the engine’s efficiency and performance, all while preserving the smoothness that remains a hallmark of the Pentastar brand. For added fuel efficiency, engine stop-start (ESS) technology is a standard feature on the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica (late availability).

Design
Featuring the face of the Chrysler brand, the all-new Chrysler Pacifica has a sculpted exterior with athletic proportions. A fast silhouette and sophisticated, fluid-like surfacing deliver a level of style not found in the minivan segment. The Pacifica’s sliding door track lines are hidden under the rear-quarter side glass, making them virtually indistinguishable. With its long wheelbase, wide track, low ground clearance and available 20-inch wheels, the Chrysler Pacifica appears planted, with a capable stance.

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The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid features a unique front grille pattern and wheel design, as well as distinctive badging, differentiating it from the rest of the Pacifica lineup.

The thoughtfully designed and beautifully crafted interior mixes high-tech elements with a sculpted, muscular feel. With horizontally drawn features, the interior’s spaciousness is amplified, and the linear elements keep the eye moving throughout the cabin. The available tri-pane panoramic sunroof, with a dual-pane panoramic sunroof and a fixed glass pane over the third row, adds to the feeling of spaciousness.

The Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid are available in 10 exterior paint colors that accentuate the vehicle’s surfacing: Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Molten Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Velvet Red Pearl Coat, Jazz Blue Pearl Coat, Dark Cordovan Pearl Coat, Tusk White Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat and Silver Teal Pearl Coat (available only on the Pacifica Hybrid and paired with an exclusive interior environment).

Safety and Security
The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica showcases the latest in advanced safety and security technology, offering more than 100 standard and available features. Available for the first time on the all-new Pacifica is the Surround View camera, which uses four cameras positioned around the vehicle to provide 360-degree views, including a bird’s eye perspective of the vehicle and its surroundings. Other advanced features include:

ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist, which uses ultrasonic sensors to guide the driver into parking spaces
Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Hold, which maintains the distance between the vehicle and the one in front of it, and can bring the vehicle to a controlled stop under certain circumstances
Forward Collision Warning-Plus deploys the brakes to alert the driver if an impact appears imminent, and assists with driver response
LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus leverages electronic power steering (EPS) by delivering a torque input to alert and assist the driver with corrective action

Other standard and available features include Blind-spot Monitoring, ParkSense rear park assist with stop, ParkView rear backup camera, electronic stability control and electric park brake. As part of FCA US’s ongoing efforts to proliferate advanced safety and technology, the Pacifica’s all-new body structure features the use of additional high-strength steel.

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The Chrysler Pacifica also boasts up to five seating positions that will accommodate LATCH child safety-seat installation – a capacity unsurpassed in the segment.

Technology and Convenience
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is the most technologically equipped vehicle of its kind, offering an all-new Uconnect Theater entertainment system, 7-inch full-color driver information display, 8.4-inch touchscreen, acclaimed Uconnect Access and an array of other features.

With the all-new, class-exclusive Uconnect Theater rear seat entertainment system, passengers can watch movies, play built-in games, connect personal devices to surf the Internet and stream content throughout the vehicle via two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens.

The available KeySense programmable key fob places limits on speed and audio volume, mutes the audio when front seatbelts are not buckled, prevents the disabling of certain features like Forward Collision Warning-Plus and ParkSense rear park assist, and allows blocking of SiriusXM Radio channels.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica features the available easy-to-use Uconnect 8.4 system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, navigation, integrated voice command, and Uconnect Access, which keeps drivers and passengers connected with helpful information, such as fuel prices and movie listings

For audiophile-quality sound, the Chrysler Pacifica comes standard with six speakers and Active Noise Cancellation. Premium audio systems, either a 13-speaker Alpine system or a 20-speaker Harman Kardon system, are also available.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is loaded with comfort and convenience features, including Keyless Enter ‘n Go, remote start, and heated and ventilated seats. Other notable features include segment-first handsfree sliding doors and liftgate, which are operated by making a kicking motion under the sliding door or bumper to open or close the sliding doors or liftgate.

For added convenience, the available Stow ‘n Vac integrated vacuum powered by RIDGID provides easy access to all corners of the vehicle. The Stow ‘n Go seating and storage system, a hallmark of FCA US minivans for more than 10 years, has been redesigned for added ease of use, and the addition of the all-new Stow ‘n Go Assist feature helps to further simplify the process. With the press of a button on the B-pillar, the front seat moves forward to allow the second-row seat to be stowed into the floor tub. Once the seat is stowed, pressing the button again moves the front seat back to its starting position. In addition, the Easy Tilt second-row seats allow for easy access to the third row, even with an empty child seat installed in the second row.

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The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is available in six models and the Pacifica Hybrid in two models. The Chrysler Pacifica will be available in dealer showrooms in spring 2016, with the Pacifica Hybrid arriving in the second half of 2016.

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