As the first auto maker of a minivan, it seems appropriate that Chrysler would introduce the first minivan with a hybrid option -- the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. Since Chrysler’s January announcement regarding the Pacifica, the public is continuously learning more about what the new 2017 model will feature. Here are a few highlights:
- The Pacifica Hybrid will deliver an estimated range of 30 miles solely on zero-emission, electric power from a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery and around 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in city driving.
- The standard 2017 Chrysler Pacifica will be available in six trims and the Pacifica Hybrid will have two different trims. The Chrysler Pacifica will be available in dealer showrooms in spring 2016 and the Pacifica Hybrid is said to be available in the second half of 2016.
- To help make the Chrysler Pacifica the ultimate family van, the van will have more than 100 standard and available safety and security features. These features include 360-degree Surround View camera, ParkSense Park Assist, and Forward Collision Warning-Plus.
- In addition to having Chrysler’s Stow ‘n Go seating, the Pacifica will have a Stow ‘n Vac-- an integrated vacuum for easy cleaning while on the go.
- To help encourage safe driving among teens, the minivan will have KeySense, a key fob which can place limits on speed and audio volume, mute the audio when front seatbelts are not buckled, prevent the disabling of certain features like Forward Collision Warning-Plus and ParkSense rear park assist, and allow blocking of SiriusXM Radio channels.