The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has been at dealers for nearly a year now, but the more fuel-efficient Pacifica Hybrid has seen a slight delay in its arrival. The plug-in minivan will begin arriving at Fiat Chrysler dealers in North America on April 17th, with production at the Windsor, Ontario assembly plant ramping up this week.
The Pacifica Hybrid’s powertrain consists of an Atkinson cycle 260 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine, which is paired with a 16 kWh battery pack and an electrically variable transmission. It can travel under electric power alone for up to 30 miles and can achieve up to 84 MPGe. SAE Level 1 and Level 2 charging is available, with the faster Level 2 charging taking about two hours.
FCA says it’s taking its time to ensure the Pacifica Hybrid is as good as it can be when it arrives in showrooms. The high-tech vehicle is the first plug-in hybrid from FCA and the first plug-in hybrid minivan ever, so it’s pertinent they get it right.
“As with all launches, but particularly in the case of this technically advanced vehicle, we are taking great care to ensure that the Pacifica Hybrid comes off the line with the highest quality possible,” the automaker said in a statement. “We will only introduce a vehicle when we are fully satisfied the vehicle meets or exceeds customer expectations.”
“We have been ramping up the build at the Windsor Assembly Plant, and full retail production will now begin on Friday, April 7,” the automaker added. “Vehicles will start shipping to dealers on Monday, April 17.”
The Pacifica Hybrid is priced from $41,995 in the United States, but qualifies for a $7,500 tax rebate, which lowers the price to $34,495.