Town and Country is Dead: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Reinvents the Minivan

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This might be one of the biggest surprises of this year’s Detroit Auto Show, and it’s not even a supercar or something exotic.

Chrysler‘s new 2017 minivan is not called the Town & Country, but rather the Pacifica. That’s right, just like the crossover Celine Dion used to shill 10-plus years ago.

But this all-new Pacifica isn’t a crossover, it’s indeed a minivan – one that Chrysler claims has 115 innovations for the segment. The first is the fact the Pacifica will be available as a plug-in hybrid.

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Although details are a bit scarce at this time, Chrysler has stated that the heart of the hybrid Pacifica will be an electrically variable transmission that houses two electric motors, both capable of driving the vehicle’s wheels. Electricity is stored in a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery and the estimated all-electric range is pegged at 30 miles with city fuel economy expected to be around 80 MPGe.

Those looking for a more conventional minivan can opt for Chrysler’s latest version of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that makes 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque in the Pacifica. Like pretty much every FCA product, a nine-speed automatic transmission will be standard.

The Pacifica is slated to offer class-leading aerodynamics and should inhibit less body roll than Chrysler’s current crop of minivans. The company has also worked hard to make an incredibly quiet interior and, like always, will offer an eight-seat option.

Other highlights inside the Pacifica include Stow ‘n Go seating, an integrated vacuum, hands-free sliding doors, hands-free liftgate and a tri-pane sunroof. The later features two sliding panoramic sunroofs and a fixed-glass pane over the third row.

If you have a big family or run a daycare, the Pacifica includes five seating positions that accommodate LATCH child safety seats. Or, if your children are of driving age, the Pacifica can come equipped with the KeySense programmable key fob that places limits on speed and audio volume. It will also mute the audio when front seatbelts are not buckled and will not allow occupants to disable certain features like the forward collision warning or rear parking sensors. And if you want to be a real Debbie Downer parent, it also allows the blocking of SiriusXM Radio channels.

Continuing on the technology front, the Pacifica can also be had with 360-degree surround view camera, ParkSense parallel and perpendicular park assist, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica will be available in six trim levels and the Pacifica Hybrid in two. Expect to see it in dealer showrooms later this spring while the Pacifica Hybrid is slated to arrive in the second half of the year.

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  • timothyhood

    This may be the best-looking minivan yet. Still a minivan, though. The powertrain is pathetic, though. I’m guessing The Pentastar people are deliberately holding back something for the mid-cycle update.

  • William Morrissey

    Pathetic? Perspective, please- pathetic compared to what? A Hellcat? This is a family vehicle, not a drag car. I have owned the current generation with the 4.0 and the current Pentastar. My 2014 has excellent power, and gets better mileage than my 2010.

  • timothyhood

    OK, I guess I should have been more clear. Pathetic as in power for the displacement, not saying that it’s not enough power for soccer moms and dads. The engine is carryover and will get a catch-up power bump in a couple of years.

  • Allan Birmantas

    It is also going to be very expensive. I bought a new 1997 LXi T&C and it was over 33K and this one sounds like it will be eveb more. Unaffordable for an average person.

  • http://dbcooper.livejournal.com Perry F. Bruns

    Has a price estimate been released?

  • William Morrissey

    I haven’t seen prices listed, but I paid about the same as you did – for a brand new 2014 T&C Touring Plus, with sunroof, nav etc.

  • Allan Birmantas

    Unaffordable.

  • Al

    Still prefer my 2008 T/C with Swivel & Go seating. Besides, my next vehicle will be a Ford product, they didn’t rip off the tax payers by taking Obamas handout.

  • Sid Torranzo

    Keep in mind that Ford had failed a year earlier but had banks to turn to. GM, Chrysler and several other car companies needed government help given the banks had already fallen.

  • cjmmjc

    Yeah…. that ripoff that was paid back EARLY and with interest….
    Fox news zombie

  • old fashioned conservative

    I’ll keep my old one because it works fine and has less things to break, also it has a cable throttle which doesn’t have “unintended acceleration”, and doesn’t break, and doesn’t require replacing every 40,000 miles. Sorry, I guess I’m not their target audience of wealthy people that want trendy but unreliable bells & whistles.

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