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Chrysler Pacifica Minivan Unveiled, Is More than a Rebadged Town&Country

Chrysler has reinvented its minivan offering and decided to call the new car Pacifica.
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The new Pacifica is the Town&Country’s successor and features an all-new platform with front-wheel-drive. Thanks to competent weight management, the new minivan is 300 lbs lighter than its predecessor. Chrysler has confirmed two powertrain variants for the new Pacifica, one of them being a plug-in hybrid. Both options feature a naturally aspirated V6 engine.

The gasoline-powered Chrysler Pacifica comes as standard with a nine-speed automatic gearbox and features a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that provides 287 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque.

Meanwhile, the Pacifica Hybrid features the same Pentastar V6 engine, but in a lower power level (248 HP), and an electric motor mated to a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. This version of the Pacifica is expected to travel up to 30 miles on electric power alone.

The American company estimates an efficiency rating of 80 MPGe in city driving on the EPA cycle. The battery of the plug-in hybrid variant of the Pacifica can be charged in two hours on a 240-Volt charger and also regenerates on deceleration. Chrysler only offers the hybrid variant of the minivan in Touring and Limited Platinum trim levels.

Chrysler’s new Pacifica minivan uses the name of a discontinued crossover from the manufacturer’s range. The vehicle is capable of seating up to eight people and features a foot-activated tailgate and sliding doors for handsfree operation. Additionally, the minivan boasts a new Uconnect multimedia unit, a dial instead of a traditional gear selector, and an overall improved interior.

The car features a long list of standard and optional equipment and can be fitted with Adaptive Cruise Control, surround-view video cameras, parking assist, Collision Warning and even with a built-in vacuum cleaner.

Design-wise, the new Pacifica bears a front fascia that reminds us of the Chrysler 200. The sides and the rear of the vehicle have also been changed along with the transition from its previous platform and name. We must admit this minivan looks pretty sharp and modern for this category of vehicles.

Chrysler has yet to specify pricing, fuel economy or performance information regarding its latest Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid minivans.

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