Today Chrysler debuted its 2017 Pacifica minivan, effectively introducing the next-generation in affordable, convenient family transportation. The standard version of the minivan features multiple improvements over the outgoing Town & Country, however it’s the new 2017 Pacifica Hybrid that really sets the vehicle apart from the competition.
As you may have expected, the main difference between the 2017 Pacifica and the 2017 Pacifica Hybrid is the powertrain. While the standard version of the minivan features Chrysler’s 287 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar engine, the hybrid Pacifica features a de-tuned 248 horsepower and 230 lb-ft of torque version of the mill.
Than 3.6-liter V6 is linked up to a nine-speed-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, like the standard model. The Pacifica hybrid, however, offers much better fuel economy thanks to a 16-kWh battery providing up to 30 miles of electic range. When combined with the standard gasoline fuel economy ratings, the Pacifica Hybrid returns the equivalent of 80-miles-per-gallon.
In order to make room for the batteries, Chrysler has had to rid the 2017 Pacifica Hybrid of the standard vehicle’s Stow ‘N Go seating storage system. The Pacifica Hybrid is also set apart by its model-exclusive 17- and 18-inch wheels and of course the charge-port on the driver’s side of the vehicle.
Available in conjunction with the 2017 Pacifica’s Touring and Limited Platinum trim-lines, the 2017 Pacifica Hybrid should offer minivan buyers a more fuel-efficient alternative to the standard version of the people mover when it launches this year. The standard Pacifica will be available this spring, while the hybrid is expected to arrive in late 2016.