2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Not Your Parents Minivan
Remember when minivans meant mom jeans and forgotten French fries under the seat? The All-New 2017 Chrysler Pacifica helps to put those dull days behind us! Set for a spring 2016 release, the Pacifica hopes to bring new life to the forgotten concept of family transportation. The new Pacifica will be available in both conventional and plug-in-hybrid versions and offers a ton of technology, including a rear entertainment system with twin 10-inch touchscreens, an available vacuum cleaner and hands-free operation of the sliding doors and liftgate. Nonhybrid models seat seven as standard, or eight with the optional removable second-row middle seat – room for the whole family, and maybe even some friends! The standard Pacifica will use an updated version of Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, which boasts two-stage variable valve lift, cooled exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR), a revised variable-valve-timing system, and a multitude of weight-saving measures. It’s mated to a standard nine-speed automatic transmission. The upshot is 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, as well as increased efficiency.
The Pacifica hybrid – the first gas-electric minivan in our market – uses a 3.6-liter V-6, a 16-kWh battery pack, and a twin-electric-motor setup to produce 260 total system horsepower, as well as to deliver 80 MPGe in the city. The Pacifica’s piles of technology can be split into two categories: safety and convenience. To keep occupants safe and sheetmetal unbent, the Pacifica offers a 360-degree camera view, automatic parallel and perpendicular parking, forward-collision warning and mitigation, lane departure warning and mitigation, rear backup sensing with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control that will bring the van to a complete stop and hold it there, and several other active and passive systems. The convenience technology includes the aforementioned Uconnect Theater system that brings twin 10-inch touchscreens on the front seatbacks. It will offer wireless connectivity to smartphones for app mirroring, built-in games, several USB ports for charging devices, HDMI connectivity, and an “Are We There Yet?” function that tells rear passengers the distance left on a journey and ETA. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica will be available in LX, Touring, Touring-L, Touring-L Plus, Limited, and Limited Platinum trims. The hybrid will be offered in Touring and Limited Platinum only. Pricing information has yet to be released.