2017 brings us a new version of the successful Chrysler minivan. This spacious but stylish family wagon is a treat to drive. On top of that, it’s especially convenient for grocery shopping. The Pacifica is completely redesigned, fully loaded with the latest tech features and riding on a whole new platform. It even ditched the old name of Town & Country and is now called the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. Chrysler took this renaming decision to try and take the negative stigma off of minivans. These vehicles are not just giant, dull, necessity wagons anymore. The all new Pacifica proves minivans can be stylish and spicy.
So, what’s new? Well, what’s not? Chrysler really outdid themselves on this one. The front of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has been inspired on another successful Chrysler model: the 200 sedan. The chrome accents, cat-eye headlights and the altogether modern and fresh look are adopted on the Pacifica. On the side there’s a beautiful half deep crease that runs all the way over to the back of the car. To think creating a tasteful car can be so easy!
Chrome is definitely a recurring theme at Chrysler, and the Pacifica is no exception. There is a chrome outline on the front grille, lower fascia and side windows. A chrome bar runs across the lower part of the car’s side and over the roof rails.
The hybrid edition has an extra exterior colour option: Silver Teal Pearl, a light blue pearly colour.
The interior has been updated as well and was also inspired by the Chrysler 200 sedan. The stick shift, the seating materials and the 8.4 inch touch screen with UConnect have all been adopted. Since the Chrysler 200 interior was a big inspiration for the Pacifica, we expect Chrysler to carry it over on more models in the future. For starters, there’s the 2018 Chrysler 300.
One of the most successful features: Chrysler’s Stow N Go system, is luckily still present in the new Pacifica. This system makes it possible for the second and third row of seats to be stowed in the floor, creating abundant storage space in seconds. For the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica this system has been updated. It now only requires to push a button. The front seats then move forward, allowing the back seats to tumble into their stowing place. Because the hybrid Pacifica has the batteries in the floor, unfortunately the Stow N Go system won’t be available for that edition.
Driving comfort is guaranteed with leather seats that can be heated and cooled. The steering wheel is leather too and has beautiful chrome accents, as does the dashboard. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica features the FCA’s newly designed rotary gear knob, instead of a stick shift.
The back seat passengers of the 2017 Pacifica can watch movies or connect game consoles to the present 10 inch touch screens. Standard sound system has six speakers and Active Noise Cancellation. Optional is the Alpine system with thirteen speakers or the Harmon Kardon system with 20 speakers.
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica becomes available as either a gasoline fueled engine or as a hybrid. Starting with the gasoline engine, this is a 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 and can make 290 horse power. New features on this engine are better fuel efficiency, a cooled exhaust gas recycling system, and an automatic stop and start function. The transmission is a nine speed automatic and the vehicle is front wheel driven. Keep your eyes peeled coming years, because an All Wheel Drive is coming this way.
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid has the same engine as the regular gasoline version. The cooled exhaust gas recycling system has been left out on the hybrid. The battery has an electric range of 30 miles (48 kilometers), when the battery is depleted the gasoline engine takes over automatically. Recharging the battery on a normal household socket takes two hours.
The 8.4 inch touch screen is operated by the UConnect system and the 10 inch touch screens for the rear seats are operated by UConnect Theater.
Available are a 360 degree camera for parking, ParkSense Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist. Furthermore, there’s Adaptive Cruise Control with option to follow the vehicle in front of it, while maintaining a safe distance. There is also Forward Collision Warning that warns and if necessary, stops the vehicle. LaneSense Lane Departure Warning warns and if necessary, makes small steering adjustments to stay in the lane. Lastly, Blind Spot Monitoring is an available option.
Lastly, a notable feature are the handsfree sliding doors and liftgate which are openable by dragging the foot under the bumper.
Price and sale date
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is already on sale in the US. Prices start at $28,595. Six gasoline model versions can be chosen, the most expensive one is the Pacifica Limited and costs $42,495.
The Pacifica hybrid will arrive later in 2016. Prices are not known yet, but the estimated starting price lies around $34,000.
In Europe the Pacifica will not (yet) be released. However, the Chrysler Town & Country does drive around in Europe, under the name Lancia Voyager. It’s possible that the Pacifica will come to Europe as well.