According to the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles brass on-hand at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is set to re-invent the minivan, thanks to its modern style and powertrain choices. Buyers will be able to choose from a 287 horsepower, 262 lb.-ft. Pentastar V6 as well as hybrid, a first for minivans.
The Hybrid will be able to operate in full-EV mode for a claimed 48 kilometres thanks to its 16 kWh lithium-ion battery, electric-variable transmission (EVT) and aerodynamic shape.
The ’17 Pacific will also come with more than 100 standard and optional safety features, such a sa 360-degree panoramic camera, perpendicular and parallel parking aids, active cruise control (that can go all the way down to 0 km/h), forward collision alert and active braking.
Inside, tech like an 8.4-inch UConnect infotainment screen and all new UConnect Theatre rear entertainment system are features that should help this minivan compete with the influx of crossovers and SUVs that have been drinking its Kool-Aid as of late. Oh, and while it won’t be the first minivan to have one, the Pacifica will get an optional Stow N’ Van vaccum cleaner to make sure all those cheezies and granola bar crumbs won’t hang around for too long. Storage-wise, FCA maintains that the Pacifica will have room enough to transport a 4 x 8 foot wooden plank.
The 2017 Pacifica will have four trims, the Pacifica Hybrid two. We’ll start seeing the gas models in dealerships in the spring of ’16, with the Hybrid arriving in the second half of the year.