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2017 Chrysler Pacifica

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

FCA’s new minivan might revive the segment

FCA has officially pulled the covers off its completely redesign minivan, sporting all new look, a vastly improved interior, and a slew of new technology, entertainment, and safety features – all riding on an all new platform. It’s so new in fact, FCA calls it the Pacifica. Gone is the Town & Country name along (with what FCA hopes) is the stigma about driving a minivan.

It’s no secret Chrysler basically invented the minivan segment back in the 1990s. The 1990 Town & Country revolutionized family travel, combining the space and versatility of the then-popular full size van with a car-like driving characteristic wrapped in a medium-sized package. Thirty years later, the minivan is suffering against the crossover SUV with young, hip parents choosing style over functionality – refusing to “give up” and buy a mommy-mobile.

It’s also blatantly obvious FCA is shooting for the moon with hopes of erasing that stigma of minivans. The new 2017 Pacifica wears a very attractive face, welcomes passengers with an upscale interior, and even offers a hybrid version that appeals to the eco-friendly crowd.

Will the Pacifica be enough to reignite the minivan segment? Perhaps. Chrysler has typically ran the segment, even in recent years with its aging Town & Country. Honda, Kia, Nissan, and Toyota offer highly competitive products, though none seem on the same level as the Pacifica. If any automaker has the chance to impact minivan sales, it’s FCA.

Update 03/21/2016: Chrysler announced the 2017 Pacifica will come with a pre-installed User Guide Application within the 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system that helps guide users in learning their vehicle. It’s basically a digital copy of the owner’s manual.

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

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.

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2015 Chrysler 200 by Mopar

2015 Chrysler 200 by Mopar

Like a company beaming over its new prized model, Chrysler is putting a lot of its eggs in the basket of the new 200 sedan. That’s how much it hopes the redesigned model will get over with the public after mercifully ending the Sebring’s run.

So, with an all-new 200 rekindling new hope for Chrsyler, the American brand is set to unleash the full-court press on the new midsize sedan, and that includes an aftermarket program courtesy of Mopar.

The model that’s being touted in the Mopar guise is actually a 200S, and it features a Lunar White Pearl Tri-coat exterior. If fancy and classy can go together, this color certainly does a good job at highlighting the 200’s impressive new looks.

Not only that, Mopar’s accessory list for the 200S also includes a host of exterior and interior goodies, highlighted by a graphics package, a bicycle-hitch receiver, white leather seats, bronze contrast stitching, Autonet WIFI and ambient lighting, among a smorgasbord of new digs, all of which you can check out after the jump.

No performance upgrades were given to the Mopar-tuned 200S, but considering how Chrysler is trying to establish the 200 as the new "face" of its lineup, keeping it in its current mechanical guise — a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that produces 295 horsepower and 355 lb-ft of torque — is important to elucidate the 200’s appeal to the public.

Click past the jump to read more about Mopar’s program for the Chrysler 200

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2015 Chrysler 200

2015 Chrysler 200

The four-door compact sedan debuts Chrysler’s new design language

The second-generation Chrysler 200 was unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, when the company known as FCA unveiled not only the new compact sedan, but also its new design direction. According to the brand, some of the design features you see in the new 200, like the new grille and headlamps, will also be featured in all future models. Penned by Jeff Hammoud, the new 200 features a more streamlined design that changes everything about the traditional Chrysler design of the last decade.

When Chrysler replaced the Sebring with the 200, the world rejoiced at the elimination of the outdated and never truly impressive drop top. Unfortunately, the 200 was not a full redesign of its predecessor, rather just a nip here, a tuck there, some new headlights and basic interior changes. So, essentially, the 200’s body style was in its sixth production year, making it a year overdue for a revision.

The new Chrysler 200 feels fresh and modern, and even though some say that the Detroit-based brand used the Tesla Model S as inspiration, the sedan sports plenty of original styling cues. The four-door compact was put on sale in the second quarter of 2014.

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2013 Chyrsler 300S Turbine Edition

2013 Chyrsler 300S Turbine Edition

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the world’s first gas-turbine-powered car, Chrysler has decided to unveil a one-off special edition 300 that sports certain elements of the unique 1963 Chrysler Turbine Concept.

Being built as a one-off to celebrate the Turbine Concept, we expected it be turbine powered as well. Sadly, however, the gas turbine project was terminated in 1977, since then gasoline-powered engines have risen to be the top choice for making practical engines.

Automobile History-101 aside, this special edition will be based on a Chrysler 300, much like the Motown Edition that was recently launched. The Turbine Edition has the same Turbine Bronze matte paint job that graced the original ’63 concept along with a glossy black roof.

The front end of this 300S now has a more in-your-face look to it, more like the SRT version, with different upper and lower grilles and black tinted headlamps for a retro look.

The main spectacle of this edition is the 22-inch "Turbine" rims that give it a cool and retro stance, though we wouldn’t recommend doing a burnout with those larger-than-life rims.

Unfortunately, this is a one-off model and it appears as if there are no plans to offer such a package to the public. The 300S Turbine Edition is on display now, at the Detroit Auto Show.

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2012 Chrysler 700C Concept

2012 Chrysler 700C Concept

Sitting in one corner of the 2012 North American International Auto Show is the Chrysler 700C Concept, an attendee that not a lot of people knew was coming.

We really didn’t expect to see it, much less know anything about it, but according to Chrysler, the 700C Concept - it follows in the naming nomenclature of two of Chrysler’s more popular models, the 200 and the 300C - is a concept study on what could potentially be the look of their mini-vans.

The American automaker is using the 2012 NAIAS to gauge the interest on the concept and while Chrysler has made it known that the car is not headed to production, it’s still in attendance to see how the crowd is going to receive it.

Consider it market research, so to speak.

As far as details are concerned, Chrysler didn’t really share any. Judging by the photos, though, the 700C Concept looks pretty svelte and stylish for a mini-van. The profile looks fresh and is dominated by a pair of slit-like headlights. The grilles are pretty much non-existent while the front bumper sports plenty of aggressive details. True to its mini-van roots, the 700C Concept has rear sliding doors, and almost as if adding more flavor, it sits on a set of pretty chromed-out wheels.

Considering the purpose of the 700C Concept at Cobo Hall, we invite you to share your thoughts on the concept minivan. Yay? Or nay?

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2012 Chrysler 200 Super S by Mopar

2012 Chrysler 200 Super S by Mopar

With the 2012 North American International Auto Show just around the corner, renowned tuning firm Mopar has set its sights on a 2012 Chrysler 200 with a special edition model called the 200 Super S.

Set to debut in Detroit in the coming weeks, the 200 Super S showcases the latest in Mopar’s aerodynamic components that will be made available to the sedan beginning later this year.

"The Super S is Mopar’s interpretation of the Chrysler 200," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. "The extensive list of high-quality Mopar parts enhances the performance and appearance of our Chrysler 200."

As you can imagine, Mopar is offering an extensive list of programs for the 200 that includes a Stage I aerodynamic program that includes a large chin spoiler, a satin chrome fog light trim, a satin chrome grille surround and mesh in the upper and lower grilles, a gloss black grille, new side sills, a satin chrome belt molding, black chrome "200" badges, a new trunk lid spoiler, a satin chrome light bar, a matte black lower diffuser with attached exhaust openings, and a new set of 18" "S" alloy wheels that come in either Gray or Hyper Black color options.

Adding to the pretty comprehensive Stage I program is the Stage II program, which comes with performance tweaks that include a new coil-over suspension, a new cold-air intake, and a new cat-back exhaust.

About the only downside to this model is that it doesn’t have any engine upgrades. That being said, the 200’s standard numbers are still impressive in their own right: a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that delivers 283 horsepower and 260 lb/ft of torque.

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2011 Chrysler 300

2011 Chrysler 300

With a relatively short history (it was launched in 2004 as a 2005 model), the Chrysler 300 has never been the most successful model on the market. It would make sense for Chrysler to give it a solid kick in the pants as it heads out the door, but instead, they have decided to give the sedan one last chance. It’s time for the 300 to fish or cut bait, and Chrysler is hoping for the former with some exterior and interior updates, as well as some engine mods. The Chrysler 300 will make its official debut in 2011 at the Detroit Auto Show with sales to begin later in the year.

As usual, the 2011 Chrysler 300 will be offered in four models: Touring, Limited, 300C, and 300C AWD. An SRT8 version will be revealed in late 2011 as a 2012 model.

Update 01/07/2010: Just before its official launch at the Detroit Auto Show, Chrysler has announced pricing for the new 300. The standard model is priced from $27,995, while the Limited Edition’s prices go up to $31,995. The 300C version goes on sale at a price of $38,995 and the 300C AWD at $41,145. They’ve also released more images for the updated sedan which we’ve added to the gallery. Enjoy!

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2011 Detroit Auto Show Preview

2011 Detroit Auto Show Preview

We kind of get the feeling that 2011 is going to be a big year for automakers. We don’t have a tangible explanation for it, but there’s something about the air this year that feels like the next 12 months will be filled with more ups than downs and, hopefully, a lot less recalls than 2010.

We’re barely a few days into the new year and we’re already getting excited over the first major event for 2011, the North American International Motor Show. All the happenings will take place at the Cobb Center in Detroit on January 10, 2011 so we felt it was an opportune time to provide a heads-up of what to expect when the floor opens.

The list of vehicles we’ve included on the list are cars that have officially - and unofficially - punched in their tickets for Detroit. Some cars that will appear are still being withheld for suspense purposes, but what’s the fun in having a preview if we can’t dig up the cars that want their presence to be a surprise?

Either way, we’ve included all of these models so head on over past the jump to see which cars to expect when the NAIAS opens its doors next week.

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2011 Chrysler 200 Super S by Mopar

2011 Chrysler 200 Super S by Mopar

Having an auto show without any Mopar vehicles is like having a sundae without any whipped cream; it may still taste good, but it’s just not the same. Thankfully, we won’t have to experience that because the Detroit Auto Show will be chalk full of "Moparized" models. Among them there will be a Chrysler 200 Super S that has received the full on Mopar treatment.

To get to this final project as seen in the rendering released by Chrysler, Mopar started off with a 2011 Chrysler 200 which they then covered in a Black and Tungsten - which is just a fancy way of saying black and gray - paint scheme. After that, the tuners added a gloss black grille surround, a gloss black mesh grille, recessed wing badge, vented hood, and lower chin spoiler. Other small additions consist of a fog light bezel with light bar and brake induction openings. This rendering doesn’t show the back of the car, but if it did, we’d see a bright exhaust tip and a decklid spoiler. The exterior package is finished off with a new set of 19" wheels.

The interior won’t receive much in the way of anything, but it will get Katzkin leather seats and numerous black elements to go along with the exterior.

The Chrysler 200 Super S doesn’t get anything in the form of an engine modification, so we’re not sure if it can live up to the "Super" name. Guess we’ll have to wait and see just how fitting this name is when the Detroit Motor Show opens its doors next week.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Chrysler 300 S6 and 300 S8

2010 Chrysler 300 S6 and 300 S8

Chrysler will unveil at the Detroit Auto Show the 2010 300 offered in two trim levels: 300 S6 and 300 S8. Sales will begin in the spring of 2010.

The 2010 300 will feature full-chromed grilles and fascia accents for blacked-out grilles with chromed surround and body-color fascia accents. Both models will be offered with 20-inch polished face wheels with painted pockets.

The 300 S6 will be offered with a 3.5-liter high-output V-6 engine with Auto Stick that delivers a total of 250 hp. The 300 S8 version gets a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine that delivers a total of 360 hp and a peak torque of 389 lb.-ft.

Both models will be offered with all the latest technologies: a 13-speaker Kicker audio system with a 322-watt amplifier and 100-watt subwoofer, Uconnect™ Phone, iPod® Control and SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Chrysler 200C EV Concept

2009 Chrysler 200C EV Concept

A surprise electric vehicle that showed up in Detroit was the mid-sized 200C EV. With some luck, this is the future of Chrysler’s Sebring-sized sedan.

Taking square aim at Chevrolet’s Volt, the powertrain in the 200C EV has a 40 mile range purely on battery power, and then the range can be extended with the aid of a small gasoline engine. The total power from the engines should be about 270 hp. Chrysler wanted to be extra eco-friendly with this concept and painted it in in a water-based Liquid Graphite Pearl exterior color.

Press release after the jump.

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2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept

2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept

The Chrysler ecoVoyager four-door, four-passenger concept was developed for customers wanting a travel experience on par with a private jet, but without a lot of fancy gadgetry. These customers seek three critical attributes: elegance, simplicity and serenity.

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Chrysler to be oh, so green

Chrysler to be oh, so green

Chrysler wants the world to know that it’s found a market.
It’s going to be green.
To that end, the company has been hyping three “alternative fuel” concept vehicles which it expects to display at the North American Automobile Show to be held in Detroit this coming January.
But, there’s a kicker.
Chrysler will show off the “ecoVoyager” concept sedan – a fuel cell and lithium ion batteries in a curving body lacking horizontal emphasis provided by a traditional hood – sorta like a minivan left in (...)

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2007 Chrysler Aspen

2007 Chrysler Aspen

Compared to large SUVs, the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen is more fuel-efficient and maneuverable. Compared to full-size SUVs, Chrysler Aspen features more interior passenger space and cargo room, coupled with unmatched towing and hauling capability. With a choice of two V-8 engines, including the 5.7-liter HEMI® that features Chrysler Group’s fuel-saving Multi-displacement System (MDS), Chrysler Aspen provides best-in-class power and torque. For added capability, two optional 4x4 systems enable Chrysler Aspen to tackle a variety of driving conditions.

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2007 Chrysler Nassau Concept

2007 Chrysler Nassau Concept

Combining refinement, function and style, the Chrysler Nassau concept explores a new expression of the Chrysler brand. The four-door, four-passenger Chrysler Nassau luxury coupe is, as Alan Barrington, principal exterior designer of the concept said, “a more emotional and artistic articulation of what it means to be a Chrysler.

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2008 Chrysler Town & Country

2008 Chrysler Town & Country

The all-new 2008 Chrysler minivan once again proves it has the right ingredients to be the best vehicle to move people and cargo. With 35 new and improved features, the 2008 Chrysler Town & Country isn’t just practical vehicle, it also has the right mix to be “family rooms on wheels,” with something for everyone to enjoy.

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Chrysler Nassau and Jeep Trailhawk - teaser video

Chrysler Nassau and Jeep Trailhawk - teaser video

The Chrysler Nassau Concept and Jeep Trailhawk Concept will be unveiled at Detroit Motor Show in January. But before then you can watch a video released by Chrysler today.
The Chrysler Nassau concept is a four-door, four-passenger luxury coupe with an emphasis on driving dynamics. The artistic exterior design leans toward an exploration as to what could be a future sedan in the brand’s lineup. The Chrysler Nassau concept highlights sweeping curves to define the front and rear fasciae.
The (...)

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Eva Longoria and the Chrysler Imperial

Eva Longoria and the Chrysler Imperial

Chrysler picked desperate housewife Eva Longoria to help launch one of our favorite cars from day one, the Chrysler Imperial concept.
Like the great Imperials of Chrysler’s storied past, the 2006 Imperial concept vehicle is designed as Chrysler’s flagship, a luxury sedan that is elegant, provocative, aspirational, yet attainable.
"The Imperial’s exterior artfully blends a stately nobility, hand craftsmanship, and modern dynamic sculpture and proportion," says Mike Nicholas, (...)

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