As the name of 2017 Chrysler Pacifica suggests, this car was not initially as oceanic as it is now. Its first few launches between 2004 and 2008 were a three rows lumbering wagon which resembled the look of an SUV. Engine performance was not up to the mark and its look didn’t attract many fans back in those days. It was with this new minivan design that Chrysler Pacifica has become so popular nowadays. Chrysler is also bidding a fitting farewell to its Town & Country series which had been performing exceedingly well over the last 20 yrs.
This new minivan has been built on a new chassis which is lighter and wider compared to Town & Country models. In designing its body, lightweight materials have been used which was not the case in Town & Country minivans. This new design means that there will be a lot more room in this van’s interior. Many are expecting enough room for seven to eight passengers to make them comfortable. According to speculations, there might be a hybrid model as well for these new series.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Minivan – What’s under the hood
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan is going to have an impressive powertrain configuration which will attract a lot of customers. The main models will be using a V6 engine that is going to have 3.6 liter fuel capacity. This engine will be powerful enough to generate 287 HP and produce optimum torque of 262 pound-feet. It is expected that transmission is going to be nine-speed automatic with two-wheel drive configuration.
As for the hybrid models, they are also expected to have the same powertrain configuration. The only difference will be that this setup will produce 248 HP. For hybrid powertrains, lithium-ion batteries will be powering a set of two electric motors.
Engineers have suggested that this setup is going to be able to cover a distance of 30 miles just with the help of electric power. Plug-in ports for recharging battery will be present within the hood. Chrysler designer have stated earlier that it would take about 2 hours to charge the battery with 220 V charge and up to 14 hours in household outlets.
No details on fuel economy have been obtained as of now. It is expected that this minivan is going to be more fuel-efficient than Town & Country Series of minivans.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica – Features and new Innovations
This new minivan is going to serve as a proper family road tripper filled with entertainment. Infotainment system will contain an 8.4 inches wide touchscreen that will contain audio controls, navigation features, and even android apps with smart phone connectivity. As far as passengers seated in the back seats are concerned, they will have more fun with Connect Theater system that will be equipped with a 10 inch wide HD touchscreen. This screen can be sued for multiple purposes like watching movies, playing games which have been pre-installed and even connecting personal devices to this screen will be served of well.
Audio system in Pacifica comprises of six speakers which have been developed by Alpine and Harman Kardon systems. Stow ‘n seating system will be present only within the premium models. It is a special seating arrangement where the seats connect directly with the floor of the car. Cargo space is enough to accommodate 4×8 plywood sheet.
Many safety features like 360 degree view camera, blind spot monitors, parking assists, lane departure warnings and many more will be present inside 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. Panoramic sunroof along with integrated vacuum is also going to be present.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica – Estimated Price range and Release Date
Since 2017 Chrysler Pacifica makers have not confirmed any price range, all the drafts are only based on guesswork. But to keep this minivan alive, makers would love to have an edge over its competitors by reducing the selling price quite a bit. It can be expected that 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is going to have a price range lower than Honda Odyssey and even Toyota Sienna. Its price range will be on par with Kia Sedona.
Regarding release date of 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, its manufacturers have hinted that this car will be released in the market by the spring of 2016. But its hybrid version will be launched later this year and its release date is yet to be confirmed.
Competitors of new Chrysler Pacifica
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica will be receiving tough competition from the likes of:
- Honda Odyssey
- Toyota Sienna
- Kia Sedona.