2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Specs
With many consumers interested in going green, automakers have a greater interest in reducing their carbon footprint, so it’s no surprise more vehicles are becoming available with battery-powered powertrains. With an 84 MPGe and a total driving range of 566 miles, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is becoming the benchmark for the new age of a minivans.
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Chrysler made their best minivan, the all-new Pacifica, better by introducing a plug-in electric hybrid vehicle (PHEV) model. Like conventional PHEVs, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid can be powered by two different power sources – a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack with two electric motors and an upgraded version of Chrysler’s award-winning Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 engine, and both of those systems can work together.
The battery releases zero emissions and it can power the minivan for up to 33 miles, enough to cover the average daily commute. The vehicle has a total driving range of 566 miles. With the best-in-class maximum towing capacity of 3,600 pounds, the Pacifica Hybrid can also be used for towing.
The battery is recharged in one of two ways. First – while driving, the Pacifica Hybrid’s regenerative braking system converts kinetic energy into electricity, and when braking, that energy is collected by one motor that acts as a generator and charges the battery. Second – by plugging the vehicle into a public or private charging station. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid can be fully recharged in as little as two hours using a 240-volt plug-in system.
To turn the critically acclaimed Chrysler Pacifica minivan into a PHEV, it needed an all-new driving platform. After all, it needs to provide the class-leading ride and handling the Pacifica is known for, along with reduced noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH). Although its structural materials aren’t clear, the body is said to be lighter yet as stiff as the materials used in most minivans today. This allows the Pacifica Hybrid to be more responsive when out on the road with enhanced agility.
Not only does the new platform and aerodynamics of the body contribute to the estimated fuel economy of 84 MPGe, but even with the bulk of the battery stored under the second row floor, there’s plenty of interior storage space. We’ll talk more about that in a moment, but even with a that, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid still has the largest interior volume in a seven-seater minivan. Adding in the Standard Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) features of the Pacifica Hybrid, and it’s a comfortable ride for all passengers.
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is beautifully sculpted and sophisticated, offering a level of style not often found in the minivan market. With a unique front grille pattern, available LED lower light pipes, and headlamp bezels, style just starts with the build. Along with its distinctive badging, the Pacifica Hybrid has its own exclusive Silver Teal Pearl Coat paint, and is also available in the following colors – Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Dark Cordovan Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Jazz Blue Pearl Coat, Molten Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Tusk White Pearl Coat, Velvet Red Pearl Coat.
Convenience and comfortability is also built into the Pacifica Hybrids exterior. Available hands-free power sliding doors open with a little kick below the sensors. The hands-free power liftgate will also have you playing the hokey pokey when you have your hands full (and the key fob in close proximity). Push button power sliding doors are also available, able to open doors with a single button push. To top it all off, a tri-pane panoramic sunroof is available for those outdoor ventures, or hanging out under the stars.
Not without its high class interior, the Chrysler Pacifica has a large selection of standard seating choices depending on the trim purchased. Most of these are actually leather trim, versus cloth on only two trims. The minivan still seats up to seven passengers, and has its own set of convenient features. Stow ‘n Go seating will never die, part of the Pacifica’s ability to open up the cabin more than ever. Plus, when getting into the third row, the class-exclusive easy tilt seating lets passengers get into and out of the back of the Pacifica Hybrid without any trouble.
Heated and ventilated front row seating are available features, as well as power folding seats in the third row. The powerful Stow ‘n Vac returns to make cleaning up the cabin an effortless endeavor, and several clever storage ports are integrated into the front cabin. With storage in mind, the maximum cargo capacity for the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid behind the first-row seat is 140 cubic-feet.
Technology and entertainment can always be tricky with a hybrid or electric vehicle. One question often heard is if there is a trade-off; will they sacrifice luxury for fuel economy and driving range? The truth couldn’t be further. The electrical system of the vehicle relies on a separate battery from that of the electric motor. So, there is no chance of reducing your range because you’re using all your luxury accessories. Plus, with an all-new Uconnect Theater entertainment system (complete with internet access and two HD 10-inch touchscreens), drivers don’t have to weigh one strength against another. A 7-inch full-color driver information display and 8.4-inch touchscreen are also built into the dashboard. A six speaker audio system comes standard, but upgrading to a premium 13-speaker Alpine audio system is available.
Convenience also plays a part in the Pacifica Hybrid. Keyless Enter ‘n Go is another returning feature, along with remote start for cabin pre-conditioning on the way to the car, and of course integrated voice command. Now available, KeySense technology is offered, a programmable key fob that can limit speed and audio volume, mute audio altogether if seat belts are unbuckled, prevents the deactivation of certain safety features, and allows blocking of SiriusXM Radio channels.
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid brings back all the great standard and available safety features of its predecessor – over 100 of them. Recently made available to both models is a 360-degree surround view camera that gives the driver a bird’s eye view of the vehicle. Automatic features are always a plus, and with advanced systems like Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Hold, Forward Collision Warning-Plus, and LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus, drivers can ensure safety even if momentarily distracted.
Blind-spot monitoring has been upgraded into a standard feature for the Pacifica Hybrid, and ParkSense returns with standard rear park assist and a back-up camera. In addition, drivers of either Pacifica model have ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist available to them.
Price and Warranty
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has a starting MSRP of $41,995, but the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit, which reduces the cost of the vehicle to $34,495.
Each Chrysler Pacifica is backed by a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year or 60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. The battery in the Hybrid has a 10-Year/150,000-Mile Limited Warranty, or a 10-Year/100,000-Mile Limited Warranty depending on what state you live in.
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