2017 Chrysler Pacifica Town & Country Review – The all-new 2017 Chrysler Town & Country! Except it isn’t called the Town & Country-it’s now the Pacifica. Chrysler says it wants this vehicle to dramatically shift how people think about minivans, and the company no doubt felt that Town & Country was synonymous with mom jeans and regurgitated Cheerios.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Review
So the Pacifica badge was exhumed just after an extended dirt nap. You might remember that the title was attached to a three-row crossover 10 years or so back, one that would reasonably be considered as being ahead of its time-no snickering, now-as it had been softer and far more carlike when America was however obsessed with more-truckish SUVs. But that Pacifica suffered from disappointing revenue, and we’d question the wisdom of using its name if anyone outside the house of Chrysler even cared it existed. As for the T&C badge, we don’t believe this means it is dead for superior; prior to being applied to a minivan in the 1990s, it appeared on all manner of vehicle types around a 75-year run. So we would not be in opposition to Town & Country reappearing down the line as a trim stage, special package, or perhaps a huge crossover comparable in philosophy to, uh, the first Pacifica.
The critical goods to know about the new Pacifica are that it will be accessible in both equally conventional and plug-in-hybrid versions, that it delivers a ton of technology (which include a rear entertainment system with twin 10-inch touchscreens), and that Chrysler just cannot use “class-leading” enough when describing the aerodynamics, NVH concentrations, experience and handling, interior volume, and a whole pile of other stuff. And with its dramatic styling, there’s no way it will ever be mistaken for the milquetoast first Pacifica. We significantly like the repeated use of what Chrysler refers to as a Mobius-strip detail; it is most obvious in the way the chrome trim in the reduced fascia wraps from one fog lamp to the other, and the general look counts as positively outlandish as considerably as minivans go. As a whole, we like it.
The typical Pacifica will use an updated version of Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, which now boasts two-stage variable valve lift, cooled exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR), a revised variable-valve-timing system, and a multitude of weight-saving steps. It is mated to a standard nine-speed automatic transmission; this counts as a preemptive strike from the next-generation Honda Odyssey, which we expect will also offer you a nine-speed automatic when it debuts this year. The upshot is 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque (slight gains from ahead of), as effectively as enhanced efficiency, despite the fact that Chrysler hasn’t nonetheless released any fuel-economy figures whatsoever for this version. The Pacifica makes use of an all-new platform, and weight is down by 250 pounds model to model thanks to a greater use of high-strength metal, magnesium, and aluminum. The sliding doors are built from aluminum, for instance, and the liftgate is a mix of magnesium and aluminum.
The Pacifica hybrid-the first gas-electric minivan in our market, by the way-uses a 3.6-liter V-6, a 16-kWh battery pack, and a twin-electric-motor set up to generate 260 full system horsepower, as effectively as to deliver 80 MPG in the city (no highway quantity was released). The battery pack is located under the second-row floor (which means no Stow ’n Go seating there), and Chrysler says a 240-volt electrical hookup can replenish it completely in as minor as two hours. Electric-only range is stated to be 30 miles. The hybrid system also works by using a Chrysler-designed dual-motor transmission that, in the most current plug-in-hybrid whizbangery, incorporates two electric motors that can the two be called upon to drive the front wheels via clutches, fairly than devoting one solely to recapturing energy, as in older systems.
As mentioned, the hybrid powertrain is one fresh idea Chrysler’s new-generation minivan brings to the segment, and the company touts a further 36 much more. Some are fairly minor (first with optional 20-inch wheels, first with a rotary shift knob and all-LED interior lighting, first with an iPad-compatible storage drawer), while others are far more notable (first with hands-free operation of the sliding doors and liftgate via a foot wave, first with an readily available full-digital gauge cluster). One innovation that Chrysler cannot claim is Pacifica’s available vacuum cleaner; Honda was first to market with onboard suction in 2013. (You may insert your own onboard-suction joke below.) Developed with toolmaker Ridgid, Pacifica’s vacuum is said to suck harder than the one in the Odyssey, and it’s located in the C-pillar relatively than the D-pillar as is the Honda’s.
The second-row Stow ’n Go seating fitted to all nonhybrid models has been updated to accommodate tilting with a child seat installed to facilitate access to the rearmost seats, and additionally, it now has the means to fold into the floor at the press of a button. Most occupancy is seven as common, or eight with the optional removable second-row middle seat. The Pacifica’s piles of technology can be split into two categories: safety and comfort. To help keep occupants safe and sheet metal unbent, the Pacifica now provides a 360-degree camera see, automatic parallel and perpendicular parking, forward-collision warning and mitigation, lane-departure warning and mitigation, rear backup sensing with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control that will bring the van to a complete stop and keep it there, and several other active and passive systems.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Feature
The fun tech features the aforementioned Uconnect Theater system that provides twin 10-inch touchscreens on the front seatbacks. It will present wireless connectivity to smartphones for app mirroring, built-in games, several USB ports for charging devices, HDMI connectivity, and an “Are We There Yet?” function that tells rear passengers the distance remaining on a journey and ETA. The center stack can be outfitted with a 5.0-inch or a huge, 8.4-inch touchscreen. The latter is flush-mounted with the dash, giving it a personal-tablet vibe, and the graphics look sharp; owners who snag one will include the capability to customize functions and apps displayed on the menu bar. Pricing isn’t out, however, but we do know that the regular Pacifica will be offered in LX, Touring, Touring-L, Touring-L Plus, Limited, and Limited Platinum trims. The hybrid will be supplied in Touring and Limited Platinum only. Chrysler believes this van’s style and readily available technology can make people believe that these rolling breadboxes are cool. We’re not sure about that-or even that this sort of a goal is worthwhile; what’s wrong with the honesty of a minivan?-but we are sure the company has advanced the breed, at least on paper. We look ahead to getting driving the wheel and experiencing the gadgetry for ourselves to find out if Chrysler also advanced the breed in practice.