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.
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