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Chrysler unveiled the all-new 2017 Pacifica minivan in both conventional and plug-in hybrid versions at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The PHEV is the minivan segment’s first.

The Pacifica Hybrid will deliver an estimated all-electric range of 30 miles 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 US Environmental Protection Agency standards.


A core element of the 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 leading fuel economy of an estimated 28 mpg highway.

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, while preserving smoothness. For added fuel efficiency, engine stop-start (ESS) technology is a standard feature on the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica (late availability).

As the original creator of the minivan more than 30 years ago, FCA US LLC has racked up 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 a total 115 innovations in the segment.

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 fuel efficiency.

Chrysler said that 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.

The Chrysler Pacifica offers 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.

Available for the first time on the 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.

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 information, such as fuel prices and movie listings.

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.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is built at the Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.


Juan Valdez

Looks like they copied the Chevy Volts powertrain for the hybrid version, except they still include a CVT, which is inefficient.

I predict most car manufacturers will adopt this hybrid architecture; where a growing battery and electric motors take over more and more of the driving modes (start/stop, low speed, passing, etc).

Nice to see this in hybrid mode, and maybe my next car - the 4x8 plywood capability almost clinched it for me :-)


Juan: I would assume that the transmission is not a friction type CVT but a planetary gear device with two electric motor drives. By varying the speeds of the motors, you can get the effect of a continuously varying gear ratio but with the the continuous slippage and wear of a conventional friction based CVT.


The old Pacifica was 4500 pounds.

Bravo, Chrysler. This minivan fills an important niche in the market.


I meant to say:

By varying the speeds of the electric motors, you can get the effect of a continuously varying gear ratio but without the the continuous slippage and wear of a conventional friction based CVT


Old 4,500lbs new? weight could be an area for improvement.
possibly a 4 banger?
8X4' or 1.2 x 2.4 M sheet - how many via the pillar-less side doors? is a new take on that arrangement.
16kwh battery is useful.

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