New Pacifica at Miami International Auto Show
Every year, an estimated one million people attend the Miami International Auto Show to check out the latest automobile trends, technology, interesting displays, and the newest models. Even though this year’s show was held almost eight weeks earlier than the 2015 show, plenty of people made it out to the Miami Beach Convention Center. In case you weren’t one of them, here’s some of the show’s highlights.
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and I.I.H.S. TSP+
One of this year’s biggest show stoppers was a minivan. Yep, a minivan. On display at the show was Chrysler’s new Pacifica Hybrid, which is expected to hit dealerships the fall or winter of 2016. Though the Chrysler Pacifica has been available since the spring of this year, everyone’s been waiting for the arrival of the first-ever hybrid minivan!
At the show, guests were able to learn more about the new Pacifica Hybrid and all of its glory. The new Pacifica Hybrid will be powered by a 3.6-liter V-6, a 16-kWh battery pack, and a twin-electric-motor setup. The minivan is expected to be able to travel 30 miles on pure electricity and to have an average fuel economy of 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe).
In addition to gaining attention at the auto show, the new Chrysler Pacifica was also just named to WardsAuto’s list of 10 Best User Experience Vehicles, and it qualified as an I.I.H.S. 2016 Top Safety Pick+.
Attendees got the chance to experience the off-roading and 4×4 capabilities, and the rigorous tests Jeep puts their vehicles through. Those who wanted a first look at what it’s like traversing over a log, or trekking up a steep incline, could get into a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, Cherokee Trailhawk, Renegade Trailhawk, and Grand Cherokee, all driven by professional 4×4 drivers.
Award-Winning Convertible Showcase
Straight from the Southern Automotive Media Association (SAMA) competition, several award-winning cars were on display. Vehicles included in the display were the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Chevrolet Camaro, and Chrysler Pacifica.
“New Car Smell” Display
Oh, that new car smell. It lasts for a little while before it sadly gets drowned out from all of the other smells on the road. In Auto Alley though, there was a display showcasing eight scents for drivers to sample. Each smell is designed to capture the scent of the car and the type of driver that may drive it. There was also the ability for guests to customize a scent via an iPad app. Scents include: luxury, muscle car, pick up truck, etc. Plus, artist DUAIV, known for blending art and auto together, showcased a painted Chevy Corvette Z06 C7R.
Miami International Auto Show New Car Giveaway
One lucky attendee went home with a brand new 2017 Chevy Cruze LS. The giveaway contest was sponsored by the Miami International Auto Show and South Florida Chevrolet Dealers. A starting MSRP of $19,995, the 2017 Chevy Cruze LS came equipped with automatic transmission, 16-inch wheels, projector beam headlamps, and daytime LED running lamps. The new design features aerodynamic sculpting that gives the Cruze a more sports-car appearance. It’s all powered by a 1.2L turbocharged I4 V6 engine, generating 153-horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque.
Cruise Through Memory Lane
Another exhibit featured cars of the old days, from the early 1930’s to the early 80’s. The featured cars were as follows: 1932 Ford Model “A”, 1935 Swallow Coupe, 1959 Chevrolet Impala Convertible, 1966 Ford Mustang, 1968 Corvette Stingray, 1980 MGB roadster, 1980 Pontiac Trans Am INDY 500 Pace Car, 1981 FIAT 126, and 1983 Alfa Romeo Spider.
If you’d like to check out some of the vehicles featured at the Miami International Auto Show, like the new Pacifica by Chrysler, then be sure to swing by Aventura Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in the North Miami area. You can view our new Pacifica inventory here.