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All-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Reinvents Minivan Segment With Unprecedented Level of Functionality, Versatility and Technology

2017 Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid revolutionize the minivan segment with nearly 40 new minivan firsts
After creating the minivan segment more than 30 years ago, FCA US now boasts an unmatched 115 minivan innovations
Re-engineered from the ground up on an all-new platform for class-leading ride, handling, and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH)
Delivers class-leading gasoline and hybrid powertrains to the minivan segment, with the Pacifica Hybrid offering up to 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in city driving
2017 Chrysler Pacifica brings sculptural styling, beautiful surfacing and highly crafted execution to the minivan segment
Offers more than 100 standard and available safety and security features, including 360-degree Surround View camera, ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Hold and Forward Collision Warning-Plus
The most technologically equipped of its kind with available all-new Uconnect Theater rear seat entertainment, 8.4-inch touchscreen display and premium audio systems
Full array of comfort and convenience technologies available, including Stow ‘n Vac integrated vacuum, tri-pane panoramic sunroof, handsfree sliding doors and liftgate and redesigned Stow ‘n Go seating with Stow ‘n Go Assist and Easy Tilt access to the third row


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Delivering unparalleled levels of functionality, versatility, technology and bold styling, the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica redefines the minivan segment.

As the original creator of the minivan more than 30 years ago, FCA US LLC has transformed the segment with firsts – notching 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 an unprecedented total of 115 innovations in the segment.

“The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is truly a no-compromises minivan, giving customers everything they need or want,” said Timothy Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands, FCA - North America. “We started from the ground up to design the most technologically advanced minivan, which offers bold styling, class-leading ride and handling, and unmatched fuel economy, with the Pacifica Hybrid delivering up to 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in city driving. The all-new Chrysler Pacifica was thoughtfully designed and engineered to provide unsurpassed levels of comfort, convenience, technology and functionality, making it the perfect combination for modern families.”


Engineering

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 unsurpassed fuel efficiency.

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 during a comfortable daily commute or an extended road trip with family and friends.

The Chrysler Pacifica boasts 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.

Powertrain

The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan features a choice of two powerful, efficient and advanced powertrains – the segment’s first hybrid vehicle, and the next generation of the award-winning Pentastar V-6 gasoline engine, which is mated to a segment-exclusive TorqueFlite nine-speed automatic transmission.

The Pacifica Hybrid, the industry’s first electrified minivan, will deliver an estimated range of 30 miles solely on zero-emissions electric power 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 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards.

The pivotal 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 unsurpassed fuel economy. 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, all while preserving the smoothness that remains a hallmark of the Pentastar brand. For added fuel efficiency, engine stop-start (ESS) technology is a standard feature on the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica (late availability).

Design
Featuring the face of the Chrysler brand, the all-new Chrysler Pacifica has a sculpted exterior with athletic proportions. A fast silhouette and sophisticated, fluid-like surfacing deliver a level of style not found in the minivan segment. The Pacifica’s sliding door track lines are hidden under the rear-quarter side glass, making them virtually indistinguishable. With its long wheelbase, wide track, low ground clearance and available 20-inch wheels, the Chrysler Pacifica appears planted, with a capable stance.

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid features a unique front grille pattern and wheel design, as well as distinctive badging, differentiating it from the rest of the Pacifica lineup.

The thoughtfully designed and beautifully crafted interior mixes high-tech elements with a sculpted, muscular feel. With horizontally drawn features, the interior’s spaciousness is amplified, and the linear elements keep the eye moving throughout the cabin. The available tri-pane panoramic sunroof, with a dual-pane panoramic sunroof and a fixed glass pane over the third row, adds to the feeling of spaciousness.

The Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid are available in 10 exterior paint colors that accentuate the vehicle’s surfacing: Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Molten Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Velvet Red Pearl Coat, Jazz Blue Pearl Coat, Dark Cordovan Pearl Coat, Tusk White Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat and Silver Teal Pearl Coat (available only on the Pacifica Hybrid and paired with an exclusive interior environment).

Safety and Security

The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica showcases the latest in advanced safety and security technology, offering more than 100 standard and available features. Available for the first time on the all-new 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 Chrysler Pacifica also boasts up to five seating positions that will accommodate LATCH child safety-seat installation – a capacity unsurpassed in the segment.

Technology and Convenience

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is the most technologically equipped vehicle of its kind, offering an all-new Uconnect Theater entertainment system, 7-inch full-color driver information display, 8.4-inch touchscreen, acclaimed Uconnect Access and an array of other features.

With the all-new, class-exclusive Uconnect Theater rear seat entertainment system, passengers can watch movies, play built-in games, connect personal devices to surf the Internet and stream content throughout the vehicle via two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens.

The available KeySense programmable key fob places limits on speed and audio volume, mutes the audio when front seatbelts are not buckled, prevents the disabling of certain features like Forward Collision Warning-Plus and ParkSense rear park assist, and allows blocking of SiriusXM Radio channels.

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 helpful information, such as fuel prices and movie listings

For audiophile-quality sound, the Chrysler Pacifica comes standard with six speakers and Active Noise Cancellation. Premium audio systems, either a 13-speaker Alpine system or a 20-speaker Harman Kardon system, are also available.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is loaded with comfort and convenience features, including Keyless Enter ‘n Go, remote start, and heated and ventilated seats. Other notable features include segment-first handsfree sliding doors and liftgate, which are operated by making a kicking motion under the sliding door or bumper to open or close the sliding doors or liftgate.

For added convenience, the available Stow ‘n Vac integrated vacuum powered by RIDGID provides easy access to all corners of the vehicle. The Stow ‘n Go seating and storage system, a hallmark of FCA US minivans for more than 10 years, has been redesigned for added ease of use, and the addition of the all-new Stow ‘n Go Assist feature helps to further simplify the process. With the press of a button on the B-pillar, the front seat moves forward to allow the second-row seat to be stowed into the floor tub. Once the seat is stowed, pressing the button again moves the front seat back to its starting position. In addition, the Easy Tilt second-row seats allow for easy access to the third row, even with an empty child seat installed in the second row.

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.

About Chrysler Brand

The Chrysler brand has delighted customers with distinctive designs, craftsmanship, intuitive innovation and technology all at an extraordinary value since the company was founded in 1926.

Whether it is the groundbreaking, bold design of the Chrysler 300, the simple elegance and extraordinary driving experience of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 or the family-room-on-wheels functionality of the Chrysler Town & Country, Chrysler brand vehicles reward the passion, creativity and sense of accomplishment of its owners. Beyond just exceptionally designed vehicles, the Chrysler brand has incorporated thoughtful features into all of its products, such as the innovative center console with pass through storage and sliding cup holders in the 2015 Chrysler 200, the industry-exclusive Stow 'n Go® seating and storage system on the Chrysler Town & Country and the fuel-saving Fuel Saver Technology in the Chrysler 300.

The Chrysler brand's succession of innovative product introductions continues to solidify the brand's standing as the leader in design, engineering and value. The premium for the Chrysler brand is in the product, not the price.
 

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica: NAIAS 2016 Minivan Reveal Highlights



2017 Chrysler Pacifica: NAIAS 2016 Minivan Reveal Highlights

Published on Jan 11, 2016

Highlights of the reveal of the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica at the 2016 North American International Auto Show on January 11, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan.
 

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Mopar Accessorizes the All-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Mopar Accessorizes the All-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Mopar helps customers personalize the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan with unique or updated quality accessories
Available products include DVD player, Stow ‘n Go cargo bin, pet kennel, soft-sided cooler and more
Select number of accessories can be upfitted to the Chrysler Pacifica or Pacifica Hybrid prior to delivery through the Mopar Custom Shop


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As the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan prepares to make its appearance in dealer showrooms in spring 2016, Mopar will make its own contribution with a lineup of unique accessories that will inspire customers to expand the functionality and personality of their minivan.

“Our minivan customers are looking for flexibility in their lives and rides, so we developed a vast array of quality-tested, authentic parts and accessories specifically geared for this new Chrysler Pacifica to suit any style or need,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global.

Not only will the FCA US LLC service, parts and customer-care brand provide plenty of personalization options with almost 100 Mopar accessories for the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, but the Mopar Custom Shop will provide the opportunity to add a select number of upfit products right when purchasing the vehicle at the dealership or via the online configurator at Chrysler Official Site - Cars and Minivans.

Among the Mopar accessories to help personalize the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica are the following items:

Flip-down overhead DVD player: This entertainment unit has been upgraded for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica
Stow ‘n Go cargo bin: This useful cargo bin, made of heavy-duty plastic, fits in the Stow ‘n Go seating floor-storage areas and is great to stash gear or can be filled with ice and beverages for long trips or during tailgating


Pet kennel: This generously sized, Chrysler-branded pet kennel fits into and ties down in the rear cargo area to keep your pet secure on long trips. It also doubles as a kennel for use outside the vehicle when traveling
Foldable soft-sided cooler: Made specifically for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, this Chrysler-branded, soft-sided and foldable cooler fits most spaces (i.e., Stow ‘n Go storage area and under seats) and can hold up to 18 cans


Carpet and all-weather mats: Both carpet and all-weather (slush) mats are available in separate packages for first-, second- and third-row seating areas, as well as the cargo area. The all-weather mats help keep the vehicle’s interior space pristine with molded deep ribs to trap and hold dirt, water, snow and mud
Cargo liner: This useful liner will help cover the entire cargo area, when both second- and third-row seats are folded flat and stored in the floor, in order to keep carpet clean when moving large items, boxes and anything dirty
Cargo tote: Keep gear together in the cargo area with this foldable tote
First-aid kit for Pacifica: Perfect and useful for active families on the move, this first-aid kit comes in a small and easily stored canvas storage bag, which fits in the glove box, center console, under seats or in floor bins
Roadside safety kit: Be prepared for most roadside emergencies with this compact kit, which includes jumper cables, tools, gloves, flashlight, reflective triangle and much more
Spare tire kit: This essential addition to any 2017 Chrysler Pacifica includes a mounted compact spare tire, jack and jack tools


Chrysler-branded license plate frame: Available in either black or bright finishes
Bodyside molding: Add personality and protection with bright bodyside molding
Receiver hitch: Class II, 1,500-lb. load capacity, 150-lb. tongue weight


Front air deflector: Directs insects and road spray up and away from the hood and windshield
Remote start kits: The same kit found on production-equipped vehicles
Running boards: Provides additional assistance for stepping into your 2017 Chrysler Pacifica
Door sills: Protects the interior door sills from scratches
Splash guards, front and rear: Designed to fit the contours of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, these front and rear splash guards (sold separately) provide added protection from road debris and stone chips
Racks and carriers: Mopar offers a variety of racks and carriers for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica to allow owners to take their adventure on the road. Options include a roof-mount water sports carrier, roof-mount ski and snowboard carrier, roof-top cargo basket and basket cargo net, roof-top box cargo carrier and hitch-mounted bike carriers
Wireless charging: Provides built-in charging when your smartphone is placed on the charging pad
Mopar Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): A state-of-the-art, GPS-enabled stolen vehicle recovery system that helps protect the vehicle, along with additional available security features

 

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Chrysler’s Pacifica gets a charge with a hybrid

January 12 2016

Chrysler’s Pacifica gets a charge with a hybrid



The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid looks to give owners more trips to the store, school and family events, with fewer trips to the gas station.

The new minivan, introduced today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is a hybrid version of the gas-powered Pacifica and can travel an estimated 30 miles of all-electric range.



2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

This pure electric range fits into the “family lifestyle where you are running back and forth,” said lead engineer Jessica LaFond. “Many times you will never even fill up.”

Chrysler’s hybrid version of the Pacifica will be available in the second half of 2016 and has about a 30-mile all-electric range. When the battery is depleted, the Pacifica will use the new version of the Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 engine, which is expected to give the minivan an efficiency rating of 80 miles per gallon equivalent in city driving.

This makes the Pacifica the first minivan, to be available with an electrified hybrid model. It will be available in the second half of 2016.

Chrysler engineers utilized the unique design of the Pacifica to create the hybrid model by placing the 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack under the floor in the second row Stow `n Go bins – meaning that the minivan’s nearly 200 cubic feet of cargo space is not compromised.

This battery powers the patented dual-motor electrically variable transmission to drive the vehicle’s wheels.

When the minivan’s batteries need to be recharged, it will charge in less than two hours through an exterior charge port on the driver’s side fender.


Deceleration also turns the motor into a generator, which creates electricity to send back to the battery pack.

The Pacifica Hybrid is available in an exclusive Silver Teal Pearl Coat exterior color, and features a unique grille that has a high-tech look. The Pacifica Hybrid is also differentiated by unique badging and unique wheels, with a two-tone appearance featuring a dark center and bright face.

With new interior options, safety features, and the availability of a hybrid, the all-new Pacifica changes the image of the minivan for consumers and the market.

“(The Pacifica) is a completely different vehicle from its predecessor,” said Bruce Velisek, Director, Chrysler Brand Product Marketing, FCA US.
 

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Tim Kuniskis Discusses 2017 Chrysler Pacifica



Tim Kuniskis Discusses 2017 Chrysler Pacifica


Published on Jan 14, 2016

Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands - Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA - North America, discusses the new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan. Note: This is a generic interview produced for use by broadcast stations. It is not a finished, edited piece.
 

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Next-gen Pentastar V-6, electric motors boost 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid




The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan and its plug-in hybrid stablemate both carry an upgraded Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 under the hood. But the similarities pretty much stop there. Creating the powertrain for the Pacifica Hybrid took more – much more.

On paper you might get the impression that the Pacific Hybrid ranks below the Pacifica minivan: The V-6 in this Pacifica is rated at 287 hp and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. Meanwhile, the V-6 in the Pacifica Hybrid is rated at 248 hp and 230 lb.-ft. of torque.

But if you add in the output from the two electric motors in the FCA-patented electrically variable transmission, total power at the wheels of the Pacifica Hybrid rises to 260 hp.


As Mike Duhaime, director of electrified propulsion engineering, can tell you from personal experience, driving the Pacifica Hybrid is exhilarating.

How can that be? The key difference is the operation strategy of the two electric motors in the electrically variable transmission.

Hybrid powertrains commonly dedicate one electric motor to provide torque to the wheels and the other motor to act as a generator to charge the battery pack.

But the Pacifica Hybrid’s electrically variable transmission can use both electric motors to deliver torque to the wheels, Duhaime said. This boosts performance as launch from a stop or when the driver needs to accelerate when cruising.

The on-demand torque from the electric motors also let Duhaime and his team tailor the Pentastar V-6 for greater fuel efficiency.

A major change is the adoption of the Atkinson Cycle for the Pentastar. This delays the closing of the intake valve, causing the piston to push a little bit of air back out of the combustion chamber at the start of the compression stroke. This helps with extracting all the energy from the fuel.

Using the Atkinson Cycle reduces the engine’s power output, Duhaime acknowledges. But, “we kept the performance (with the electric motors) and got more efficiency,” he said.

The heart of the Pacifica Hybrid’s performance is the powertrain controller that continually monitors all the elements in the system.

As Duhaime explains: “Every time the driver presses the accelerator pedal, the controller asks where do you want to go in terms of performance and where have you been, then it determines how much torque you need and where is it most efficient to get it.”

We had to ask: Wouldn’t a hybrid with a four-cylinder engine be even better than the Pentastar V-6?

The efficiency of a four-cylinder in the Pacifica Hybrid would be about the same as the Pentastar V-6, Duhaime said. But, the four-cylinder engine would have to work harder, generating much more noise.

“You don’t want to have a Jekyll and Hyde situation where you hit the gas pedal and the engine spins up to high rpm,” Duhaime said. “With the Pentastar V-6 we can bring it on quietly and smoothly. It’s hard to tell when it comes on.”

This is just the start. Duhaime pointed out that his team developed the hybrid powertrain to be easily packaged in a variety of vehicle sizes.

That’s forward thinking.
 

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Obama on Chrysler Pacifica: It's cool driving a minivan


President Barack Obama takes a look at the new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica alongside Mitch Clauw, Fiat Chrysler's vice president of vehicle of engineering, Paul Sabatini, NAIAS Chairman and Dennis Williams, President of the UAW, while touring the 2016 North

January 20, 2016

DETROIT, MI - Pres. Barack Obama was in Detroit Wednesday touring the 2016 North American International Auto Show, where he came across the Chrysler Pacifica.

"You guys remember 'Get Shorty' don't you?" the president said, according to reporters on the scene. "It's cool driving a mini van."

No doubt Fiat Chrysler Automobiles would agree. The company unveiled its all-new Pacifica minivan last week as a bid to revive the sinking segment it essentially created 30 years ago.

The new Pacifica comes with two optional powertrains, including a hybrid that is expected to get a respectable fuel efficiency of 80 miles per gallon equivalent.

Obama also toured the displays of General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and ZF at the Detroit auto show, his first as president.

He was set to speak Wendesday afternoon at the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources on the Detroit's riverfront.


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2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Game Changer

Features That Make the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica a Family-Car Game Changer

January 20, 2016

CARS.COM — After years without any significant new features or styling updates, the grandmother of the minivan class was not aging well. But for 2017 the Chrysler Town & Country is reborn as the Pacifica, and its styling and features will wow families, likely catching the eye of even the most minivan-averse.

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The new Pacifica debuted at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit wearing the sleek curves and stylish face of the redesigned Chrysler 200, and packing loads of features — and a few surprises — like a segment-first hybrid powertrain.

The Chrysler Town & Country came in last at the Cars.com Ultimate Minivan Challenge for its weak powertrain, lack of composure on the road and ancient multimedia system. With its new-for-2017 replacement, Chrysler promises more room, comfort and plenty of innovative features tailored to families. Check out our top five favorites:

1. Revised Stow 'n Go Seats



One reason families flock to Chrysler's minivans is its segment-exclusive Stow 'n Go seats, which easily fold into underfloor bins, switching the van from people-hauler to cargo-hauler in a pinch. When the seats are upright, the bins are the perfect place to stash stuff out of sight. For 2017, Chrysler improved the already excellent system with wider, cushier seats and an enhanced folding maneuver.

Previously, you had to move the front seats forward before stowing the second-row seats. You still have to do that in the Pacifica, but now it's easier thanks to a one-touch button on the B-pillar. Also, the seats now tumble without having to first move the floormats out of the way. Lastly, and perhaps most helpful for families with small children, the Easy Tilt seats slide and lift when an empty forward-facing child-safety seat is installed, creating another walkway to the second row. Chrysler engineers also said this maneuver will work with a rear-facing car seat installed, though there's less room leftover to get into the back. We're looking forward to testing this feature in our Car Seat Check.

"The new Stow 'n Go seats have more padding, making them much more comfortable for passengers," said Jennifer Newman, managing editor/news and mom of two. "The old seats were thinly padded, which allowed them to stow easily, but they weren't great to sit on for long rides."

2. Uconnect, Uconnect Theater



The Pacifica finally ditches the old model's tiny, outdated multimedia system for an updated version of the automaker's simple Uconnect system with an 8.4-inch touch-screen.

Keeping kids entertained in the car is as easy as herding cats, and the Pacifica's answer is Uconnect Theater. The optional system allows you to stream from a tablet to the minivan's two 10-inch rear-seat entertainment screens. It also offers nine built-in games and apps; from checkers to bingo, these games can be played by one child or by both kids riding in the second row.

"Uconnect Theater seems perfectly suited to today's connected family, which is bringing more and more entertainment content into the car on smartphones and tablets," said Mike Hanley, senior editor and minivan-driving father of three young boys.

Thankfully for parents, Uconnect Theater includes two sets of wireless headphones. And parents can mute, turn off or even restrict content displayed on the screens.

3. Hands-Free Power Sliding Door, Liftgate




Chrysler improved on a minivan staple offered throughout the class: power-sliding doors. For 2017, the Pacifica's doors open several ways: the traditional buttons in the first row and on the van's B-pillar, as well as a new handle-touch button on the outside of the minivan. Newly optional is a foot-swipe activated system that opens the sliding doors and the rear cargo door. With a bag in one arm and a child in another, this feature could really come in handy for parents — though good balance is required.


4. Stow 'n Vac




The one known quality about parenting is that kids are messy. Following Honda's lead, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has an optional in-van vacuum system. Powered by RIDGID, the vacuum is in the cargo area and Chrysler says it provides easy access to all corners, though it can only tackle dry messes. Also like Honda's system, Stow 'n Vac will be available only on the top trim.

"The newly available integrated vacuum should make it easier to keep the cabin clean, but it's too bad many buyers won't benefit from it; the vacuum is only offered on the top-of-the-line Limited Platinum trim level," Hanley said.

Read more at https://www.cars.com/articles/features-that-make-the-2017-chrysler-pacifica-a-family-car-game-changer-1420683197516/#zii4uKFhTljkjBTF.99
 

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The Pacifica Pop Quiz


Published on Jan 25, 2016

Detroit didn’t expect Nick Cannon, or some of the trivia questions he had in store for the Pacifica Pop Quiz. Experience the North American International Auto Show in the city that designed the minivan.
 

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Plastics Provide Style

Plastics provide style, utility to help make the minivan cool again


01/27/2016




Detroit — The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is not like other minivans … or at least that’s what the automaker wants you to think.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles unveiled the updated kid toter Jan. 11 at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It’s Chrysler’s bid to redefine the minivan segment, a category Chrysler invented 30 years ago, Tim Kuniskis, Fiat Chrysler’s head of passenger car brands in North America, said at the event.

In designing the Pacifica, Chrysler started from scratch and “picked the best material for every part,” Kuniskis said. The changes skimmed 250 pounds of weight from the vehicle, and Chrysler also emphasized the its reduced noise, vibration and harshness.

Catering to families’ changing needs, the Pacifica was designed to offer family-friendly utility along with modern style and connectivity, Kuniskis said. Plastics appear in the vehicle’s sleek style details and convenience features.

The vehicle has a sleeker, more fluid exterior with prevalent chrome detailing — likely plastic parts with a chrome finish. The design cue is carried over into the interior of the vehicle as well, which features chrome details along with piano black surfaces for a luxury appearance.

Chrysler’s aim was to create a sleek and stylish vehicle, “the first minivan you buy where your children let you pick them up in front of the movie theater,” according to Kuniskis.


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Plastics also provide utility, a key part of any vehicle aimed at family use.

The kids may not need a movie theater, with the minivan’s rear seat entertainment system with two 10-inch touchscreen displays, housed in plastic, and a plethora of USB and HDMI ports for connecting their own devices.

As a family vehicle, the Pacifica is equipped with many durable plastic surfaces for easy cleaning, and ample storage options. Chrysler also emphasized the vehicle’s quiet interior, which it calls “vault-like.” Among other features, the Pacifica includes composite-encased encapsulated door latches for quieter operation.

Chrysler has sold more than 14 million minivans since the segment’s launch in 1984, Kuniskis said, with approximately 6 million current owners. The Pacifica is built at the automaker’s Windsor, Ontario, plant. A plug-in hybrid version of the Pacifica is also available, offering a 30-mile electric range.



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Unboxing Chrysler's ridiculous Pacifica board game/media kit

01/31/2016

At auto shows, manufacturers often hand out new-model info on USB sticks. It's how we get the press releases and photos onto our computers quickly and easily. Some still use brochures, which direct you to a website to download the relevant files. And then there's Chrysler, which often dreams up elaborate packages to transport the information and make a big impact. That's what it did for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, which made its debut in gasoline and plug-in hybrid versions at the 2016 North American International Auto Show earlier this month.

The Pacifica press kit is in a zippered folder along with the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Race to the Family Reunion board game. To share this with you, we decided to make use of one of the internet's stranger formats, the unboxing video. You can watch our version above and learn a little more about what's inside the silver pouch – besides a USB stick and a brochure.

Want one of your own? Silly media kits like these usually pop up on eBay from time to time. But ours and our ethics are not for sale.
 

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Pacifica Hybrid Not A Slow Poke

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Hits 120 MPH in EV Mode, Has Two Electric Motors

02/03/2016

The Pacifica was one of the most talked about cars of the Detroit Auto Show. Chrysler probably built the best van on the market and added tech that will make it relevant for the modern family. We are talking about the Hybrid model, which is badly named considering that it's a plug-in hybrid.

Unlike a normal Prius, the Pacifica Hybrid has a large capacity battery that can be recharged. You can clearly see the port on the left front wing, right next to the mirror.


Because not all the details were available in Detroit, we searched high and low and found a few more. The guys at Green Car Reports recently interviewed Mike Duhaime, Chrysler’s global director for electrification, and found out why soccer moms are going eco.

We all know that Chrysler chose a 16 kWh battery with 30 miles of range because it needs to secure the full $7,500 federal tax credit to secure the full $7,500 federal tax credit. However, Duhaime says 29 miles is the average commute.

The Pacifica is not a slow poke either, as it can reach 120 mph (193 km/h) in electric mode, provided that you don't get pedal-happy. That's more than many German luxury PHEVs, so we are impressed.

The battery has been installed around the middle of the car for better weight distribution. More specifically, they are packed into the area where the 2nd row “Stow ‘N’ Go” seats would have disappeared into the floor. Except for that space, all the rest of the van's cargo space is intact.

For a hybrid, the 3.6-liter V6 engine is pretty big. In fact, even the Range Rover has a smaller V6. Chrysler chose a bigger lump because it makes it more elastic and less noisy. That's why the Chevy Volt also upsized.

This 8-seater family van has not one but two electric motors, as Duhaime explains: “Effectively, one motor is on the engine, and the other is at the wheels. In pure-electric mode, the Pacifica Hybrid performs like an electric car with a very large motor; and then when the battery depletes, one motor is used to start the engine and act as a generator. When it runs as a hybrid, when the engine’s running, we use Motor A to balance the engine and put it in its most optimum range, and in parallel with Motor B we get the ratio, and the torque to the wheels."

It's not rocket science. But between this and the vacuum cleaner in the trunk, Chrysler has proven that it's stopped cutting corners.

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Ontario Boosts Electrical Vehicle Rebate

Ontario boosts electrical vehicle rebate

February 10, 2016

In a bid to spur sales of electric vehicles, the Ontario government announced Wednesday plans to increase the maximum incentive for EV purchases to $14,000 from $8,500.

Helping Ontarians shift to low- or zero-emissions vehicles was vital to achieving Ontario’s greenhouse gas pollution reduction target of 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050, Premier Kathleen Wynne said in a statement.

As well, the minimum rebate will increase by $1,000 to $6,000.

The province’s first Electric Vehicle Incentive Program was launched in 2010 and provided incentives for the purchase of 4,800 electric vehicles and about 1,100 home chargers, according to the government.

The move could benefit sales of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan which will also be available as a plug-in hybrid model. It is expected to arrive in dealer showrooms later this year.

However, auto industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers dismissed the move as another “failed attempt” to get consumer to buy electric vehicles.

“What the government has to realize is if you offer a subsidy, by definition you’re into an area where the technology has failed,” said DesRosiers. “If these vehicles can’t sell on their own, they’ll never be successful. And it may spur sales in the near term but it does nothing to fundamentally change the equation.”

Instead, governments should offer incentives to encourage new vehicle purchases, said DesRosiers. “What they need to do is get consumers to buy any new vehicle. The average new vehicle on a car lot today is 50 per cent more fuel efficient than any vehicle over 10 years old. There are 10 million vehicles over 10 years old on the road today.”

The higher EV rebate also garnered skepticism from Mike Moffatt, economist at Western University in London, Ont.

Moffatt said it was unlikely to increase EV sales, unless gas prices begin to rise.

The province also announced in December plans to spend $20 million toward the installation of fast-charging public EV charging stations to support city-to-city and in-city EV travel across the province.
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