Now over 30 years later the segment has largely cooled off, so Chrysler is hoping to reinvent the segment with an all-new minivan that has debuted today at the Detroit Auto Show – the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.
Chrysler has basically owned the minivan market since it created it in the 1980s with the Town & Country, Caravan and Voyager models. Now over 30 years later the segment has largely cooled off, so Chrysler is hoping to reinvent the segment with an all-new minivan that has debuted today at the Detroit Auto Show – the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.
Yup that’s right, Chrysler is ending the Town & Country’s run and is instead bringing back a name that it used for somewhat boring crossover that it sold in the mid-2000s. The 2017 Pacifica rides on an all-new platform, lighter platform, but it’s overall size is about the same as the old Town & Country. The biggest thing you’ll notice is how stylish Chrysler’s new minivan is, thanks to many styling cues that have been borrowed from the 200 sedan.
Inside the Pacifica gets the same interior design language as the 200. The interior is also full of the latest tech goodies, like the 8.4-inch touchscreen, a 7-inch full-color driver information display and two 10-inch touchscreen displays in the back. The inteiror also keeps Chrysler’s Stow ‘N Go seating that makes it easy to fold the seats into the floor.
Under the hood buyers will have two V6 options. The standard Pacifica will be powered by a 3.6L V6 with 287-hp and 262 lb-ft. of torque that is mated to a nine-speed automatic. If you want something more fuel efficient, the Pacific Hybrid brings a plug-in hybrid to the minivan segment with its 30 mile EV driving range and 80 MPGe rating.