The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has debuted ahead of the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, representing the next chapter in the minivan story Chrysler began crafting more than 30 years ago.
For 2017 Chrysler has changed the name of its mainstay minivan from Town & Country to Pacifica. As we noted in an earlier piece, the Pacifica nameplate was previously used on a Chrysler crossover from 2004-2008 and has now gotten a new lease on life after being applied to the automaker’s latest minivan. Chrysler says the Pacifica was “engineered to provide unsurpassed levels of comfort, convenience, technology and functionality, making it the perfect combination for modern families.”
Under the hood of the Pacifica is Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, which is mated to a nine-speed TorqueFlite nine-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces a best-in-class 287 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft of torque and also comes equipped with an engine stop-start system (ESS) as standard along with variable-valve lift (VVL) and cooled exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR).
The 2017 Pacifica rides on an all-new platform from FCA, however it is dimensionally similar to the outgoing Town & Country. Where it benefits over the outgoing vehicle is in weight, ridding itself of more than 300 pounds over the 4,300 lb 2015 model. From an appearance standpoint, the 2017 Pacifica is similar to other Chryslers, wearing the automaker’s relatively new corporate front fascia and recognizable rear-end. It also features hidden track lines for the sliding rear passenger doors along with optional 20-inch wheels and a “planted, capable,” stance.
Occupants of the interior will immediately notice a more upscale feel, which is highlighted by the numerous soft-touch elements and an 8.4-inch touchscreen Uconnect system. Rear seat passengers may enjoy the optional dual 10-inch touchscreen entertainment systems that enable them to watch movies, play built-in games and connect personal devices. Additionally, there’s an optional tri-pane panoramic sunroof that adds a “feeling of spaciousness,” to the third row of the van.
As far as safety and security technologies go, the 2017 Pacifica boasts “more than 100,” standard and available features. These include a Surround View 360-degree camera, Perpendicular Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Hold, Forward Collision Warning-Plus, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus, Blind-spot Monitoring and rear park assist, among many others.
Also of note is the available Stow ‘n Vac integrated vacuum, which gives customers easy cleaning access to all corners of the vehicle. This feature is joined by Stow ‘N Go seating, now a staple of Chrysler minivans, along with an Easy Tilt second-row that provides easy access to the third row.
The 2017 Pacifica will be available in six trim levels: X, Touring, Touring-L, Touring-L Plus, Limited, and Platinum. Pricing and availability has yet to be announced.