2017 Chrysler Pacifica Proves that Minivan is Still Alive

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Crossovers, Pick up trucks, SUVs, and sedans are the most popular car in the US. Today, almost everyone prefer those segments when they bought a car. But Chrysler believes that people still want to buy a minivan (and the segment is still alive). That’s why at 2016 North America International Auto Show (NAIAS), the American automaker introduced the long-awaited 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.

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Wait, Pacifica? Isn’t it a crossover back in 2003? Chrysler minivan name is Town & Country. Take it easy, guys. Actually, I don’t know why Chrysler decides to change the name and re-using the old name from other segment. I think Town & Country is still perfectly match for the latest minivan.

The next generation of Town & Country brings the class-leading ride, improved handling, quitter noise, vibration, and harshness. Built-on the brand new platform, Pacifica is 300 pounds lighter than its predecessor. For the dimension, the new minivan is shorter than Town & Country, but an inch wider and half an inch taller. It means that the proportion of Pacifica isn’t much different to the outgoing model.

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The exterior design of the Pacifica is just copy from its sibling, 200. The prove is at the front section where you can see the curvaceous headlights, an eye-catching grille with a chrome surround and a set of 17-inch wheels as standard. Again, I just disappointed with the similarity. At the rear, the LED taillights is almost the same to latest 200 but Chrysler’s designers modified it, so it’s slightly bigger.

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Inside, just like the previous generation Pacifica can accommodate up to seven people. 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 it also now has the ability to fold into the floor at the press of a button. Furthermore, the Pacifica features UConnect Theater that brings twin 10-inch touchscreens on the front seatbacks. The infotainment system enables 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 left on a journey and ETA. And for the center cockpit, Chrysler offers a 5-inch or a giant 8.4-inch LCD screen.

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For the safety system, the people mover has a 360-degree camera view, automatic parallel and perpendicular parking, forward-collision warning and mitigation, lane-departure warning and mitigation, rear backup sensing with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, and more active and passive systems.

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica is powered by Pentastar V6 3.6 liter producing 287 hp. The engine is mated to 9-speed automatic transmission. For the environmentalist, you can choose hybrid model which becomes the first hybrid-minivan in US. It comes up with the same engine, with total output 260 hp. The hybrid version features a 16 kWh battery pack that is located under the second row floor (it means that there’s no Stow ‘n Go for hybrid) and a twin electric-motor. Chrysler said that Pacifica can drive with electric mode up to 48 km and if the car is charged using 240-volt electrical, it can completely full in just 2 hours.

Unfortunately, Chrysler hasn’t released about its pricing. But 2017 Pacifica will go on sale this year.

Text: Andhika Pradityo

Photos: Chrysler

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