If Jeep is to adopt the hybrid system from Chrysler for their future vehicles, they no longer have to buy tax credits from Tesla. Chrysler will offer a Pacifica plug-in hybrid, which will be the first production hybrid minivan, and is Chrysler's first serious attempt at a mass-market plug-in vehicle.
Chrysler's new minivan is lighter and has more horsepower than the one it replaces. US minivan sales peaked at 1.37 million in 2000.
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica was re-engineered on an all-new platform, with Active Noise Cancellation or ANC standard on all models.
However, it's unclear if Chrysler's first new full-size people-mover in eight years will be built in right-hand drive and motoring.com.au understands Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Australia is not interested in releasing it Down Under.
The hybrid version of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica will be available in two models starting on the second half of 2016. Out is the Chrysler Town & Country; in is the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, Fiat Chrysler's attempt to lure consumers away from the SUV vehicle segment.
Minivan sales have declined for several years as a percentage of overall US volume. With the press of a button on the B-pillar, the front seat moves forward to allow the second-row seat to be stowed into the floor tub.
You'll remember the Pacifica name from the mid-2000s, when it was a wagon-bodied minivan derivative.
Even though the new Pacifica has a sleeker look than the typical minivan, it more closely resembles the old Town & Country than it does the old Pacifica.
Other options will included a full-length panoramic sunroof and big 20-inch wheels. It looks more luxurious, with bright chrome strips outlining the windows and LED-accented headlights and taillights.
"This is a big day for Windsor, a big day for the minivan, and I think it really solidifies our manufacturing in Windsor", Reid Bigland, CEO of FCA Canada, told reporters Monday on the sidelines of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
So it's debuting several segment firsts.
The Pacifica will be the only minivan with a plug-in hybrid version. While the hybrid variant features a 16 kWh battery pack capable of 30 miles of all-electric driving with and an estimated fuel economy of 80 MPGe.
Being a minivan, transporting children will not doubt be part of the Pacifica's duties, and they are known to cause quite a mess what with falling cookie crumbs and what not.
For entertainment, buyers can opt for Uconnect Theater, which comprises two 10-inch HD touchscreens for rear-seat passengers. "When they hear us say the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, we need them to see this".
New is a proprietary electrically variable transmission (EVT) using two electric motors which can both drive the front wheels?
The Chrysler Pacific price is to be determined and the vehicle will appear in showrooms in Spring 2016. Instead, it's aiming to capture the same blend of versatility and durability that have made Chrysler's minivans industry leaders.