The Return of the Pacifica: FCA's Next-Gen Minivan


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Both the Detroit Auto Show and Boston Auto Show saw the debut of the new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan this past week, a much-anticipated revival that has been in the works for the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) brand for some time now.

The Pacifica looks, feels, and (we hope) acts like a FCA model, with a distinct Chrysler 200-esque look in front, with sharp chrome accents that turn this minivan into everything but a minivan.

Inside, the new Pacifica minivan offers incredible flexibility in the form of seating for up to 8, Stow'n Go┬« Assist, Power Driver Seat, ParkView┬« Rear Back Up Camera, and much more as you move through the eight available trim levels. A nice touch is the "floating" 8-inch infotainment screen, a feature that Automobile Magazine says you'll see, "in other models in the not-so-distant future."  Chrysler also says there are 243 seating configurations, enough to make just about any passenger happy.

Back outside, you'll also have up to 10 different color options to choose from to make the Pacifica your own. And did we mention there is a hybrid version?

Chrysler's site for the new model says the Hybrid gets up to 80 MPGe with a 530-mile driving range. This highly efficient hybrid minivan is also equipped with regenerative braking that charges the EV battery every time you slow down. It even comes with an "Efficiency Coach" as Chrysler puts it. Undoubtedly, this is not like any minivan you've experienced before.

30 Miles A Day Keeps The Gas Pump Away

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is capable of driving the first 30 miles on battery power alone. Those who drive this distance or anywhere near that amount will see great returns at the gas pump from the Pacifica. Chrysler expects it to become a class-leader when it comes to fuel economy saying it gets an estimated 28 MPG on the highway, which does indeed put it at the top of the segment with the Honda Odyssey.

Other goodies you'll find available with the modernized Pacifica include available rear seat entertainment with Wi-Fi connection capabilities, available car vacuum, and even an imprinted center console with designs of previous Chrysler minivans - a bit Jeep Renegade-like in a way perhaps.

Chrysler has also integrated hands-free sliding doors and liftgate to make life easier on families with their hands full enough already. FCA is showing they care about your safety too, which is why the Pacifica offers more than 100 standard and available safety and security features.

One Lasting Impression

Technology is one of the biggest offerings available from the new Chrysler Pacifica. Available on the new Pacifica is a feature called Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist. This feature essentially parks your vehicle for you.

According to Chrysler, "when you initiate a parking maneuver, the available Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist will find a space and steer you in using ultrasonic parking sensors."

It's features like this and more that make the Pacifica a minivan that is advanced and stylish, and ready for a new generation of families. And Chrysler has once again put a new spin on the minivan market, just as they did with their Chrysler Town and Country more than 25 years ago.




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