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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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