Although 2017 Chrysler Town & Country was a cool name, the company felt it was time to change perceptions regarding minivans. And let’s face it, “Town & Country did seem synonymous with mom jeans and regurgitated Cheerios. That is why it is called Pacifica now. We are a big family and are always looking, for a vehicle that’s roomy, and I have always dreamed of owning a Chrysler.
A total revamp!
The new Pacifica is available in both conventional and plug-in-hybrid versions, along with amazing technology such as a rear entertainment system with twin 10-inch touchscreens. The aerodynamics, NVH levels, ride and handling, interior volume, etc. have also undergone a drastic change. Rest assured, the dynamic styling guarantees this vehicle won’t be mistaken for the milquetoast original Pacifica.
What to expect from the Hybrid?
The Pacifica hybrid—the first gas-electric minivan in our market —uses a 3.6-liter V-6, a 16-kWh battery pack, and a twin-electric-motor setup to produce 260 total system horsepower, as well as to deliver 80 MPGs in the city (no highway number was released). The battery pack is located under the second-row floor and Chrysler says a 240-volt electrical hookup can replenish it completely in as little as two hours. Electric-only range is stated to be 30 miles. The hybrid system also uses a Chrysler-designed dual-motor transmission that, in the latest plug-in-hybrid whizbangery, incorporates two electric motors that can both be called upon to drive the front wheels via clutches, rather than devoting one solely to recapturing energy, as in older systems.
Lightweight and comfortable!
The upshot is 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque (slight gains from before), as well as increased efficiency, although Chrysler hasn’t yet released any fuel-economy figures whatsoever for this version. The Pacifica uses an all-new platform, and weight is down by 250 pounds model to model thanks to an increased use of high-strength steel, magnesium, and aluminum. The sliding doors are made from aluminum, for example, and the liftgate is a mix of magnesium and aluminum.
Technology and safety
The Pacifica’s piles of technology can be split into two categories: safety and convenience. For the former, this car now offers a 360-degree camera view, automatic parallel and perpendicular parking, forward-collision warning and mitigation, lane-departure warning and mitigation, rear backup sensing with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control that will bring the van to a complete stop and hold it there, and several other active and passive systems. For convenience, it offers wireless connectivity to smartphones for app mirroring, built-in games, several USB ports for charging devices, HDMI connectivity, and an “Are We There Yet?” function that tells rear passengers the distance left on a journey and ETA.
The 2017 Pacifica Hybrid will be available in Touring and Limited Platinum only.