Back in 2010, Chrysler displayed a new minivan that I believe was…still is the best minivan I have ever set my eyes on. To the motoring world, this was a huge surprise from Chrysler. We all thought it was meant to replace the Dodge Grand Caravan minivans but the automaker remained tightlipped about the model during the show only saying they were looking to hear what people thought about it. Well, that was the last time we heard and saw the minivan…until now.
Back three decades ago, the automaker revolutionized the world of minivans which saw millions of their brands in American driveways and the Pacifica seeks to repeat the fete. The vehicle which also comes with an hybrid variant will be fully loaded with up-to-date technology and with an enviable fuel efficiency that is estimated to reach 80 mpge.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Exterior
From whichever direction you look at it, the Pacifica presents a fresh take on this family hauling market segment. Its exterior design is sharp and chiseled and good looking too…terms we don’t commonly use on minivans. The Pacifica borrows the front looks from the Chrysler 200 sedan. It features a swooping chrome grille which is flanked by projector beam headlights.
The front fascia also serves as a starting point of shapely body lines that flow rearward resulting in an elegant look. Chrome accent continues on the lower sections of side doors, side windows perimeter and the roof rails. The rear fascia is monochromatic with only a slight chrome accent on the lower bumper. The wheels are also hooked up with a smoky chrome looks. The headlights, taillights and DRLs all utilize LED technology.
The design has moved the bar for this segment higher and other automakers have to dig deeper to beat Chrysler. The minivan is very appealing and looks high-class compared with other minivans in its class. Gone is the old mommy-mobile feel and in comes something cool and desirable. The exterior is offered in 10 colors. Buyers will choose between the following trim levels, they are the base LX, mid Touring-L, Touring-L Plus, Limited and the top Platinum trim.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Interior
The Town and Country minivan has one of the best interior designs in this segment. It is for this reason that every year hundreds of thousands of buyers go for it. Its ability to carry lots of stuff and many passengers courtesy of its Stop ‘n’ Go seating arrangement further enhances its aura.
Now the Pacifica takes those impressive design cues from the Chrysler T & C and upgrades them to the next level. The vehicle accommodates 8 passengers spread over its 3-row seating arrangement. The dashboard looks picked from the 200 sedan, same as the doors which adds a dose of modernity and attractiveness which the automaker has been introducing to its new fleet of cars. There is also a new 8.4-inch Uconnect screen flush-mounted on the dash.
Second row passengers also get an Uconnect Theater which is mostly targeted for kids. The system features a pair of 10-inch touch-screens placed on the headrests of front seatbacks. The screens are controlled by kid-oriented software. Buyers will have an option to choose either a 13 or 20-speaker sound system. A three-pane sunroof which is the first of its kind and a built-in vacuum system which first appeared in the Honda Odyssey are offered as options.
The Stow ‘n’ Go seats have been redesigned and features larger seats which are more comfortable. The seats fold flat to the floor in their new receptacles curved between the frame rails. According to the automaker, a child seat can be installed to the second row without compromising access to the third row.
The new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan will be equipped with two drive-trains, a conventional and a plug-in hybrid. The conventional engine is a 3.6 L Pentastar V-6 which is capable of pumping out 287 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission system which features a dial shifter on the center console.
The plug-in hybrid drive-train features the same 3.6 LV-6. The engine combines with a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery to provide a fuel economy of 80 mpge. The hybrid engine has a 30 miles range on electric power alone and. All models will be offered in front-wheel drive mode. The stop-start function will be offered later.
Price and release date
Expect the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica to hit dealerships in the spring. The plug-in hybrid variants will follow up later on. The automaker has not released an official price for the Pacifica but we believe it will be slightly expensive than the 2017 Town & Country which starts at $ 29,000, fully equipped higher trims will get pretty expensive and for a good reason. We will let you know of the official prices once FCA makes official announcements.
The model was showcased at the recently concluded Detroit Auto show and will go on sale later in the year as a 2017 model.
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica will battle with KIA Sedona and Honda Odyssey for the control of the market segment.