2017 was an immensely successful year for the completely new Chrysler Pacifica, as it won awards and accolades for its great versatility, comfort and safety features and driving dynamics. Quite a stunning achievement for a brand-new model on the market. The same applies to the ground-breaking Pacifica Hybrid, which introduced family-oriented motorists to the convenient and money-saving universe of electrical powertrains - racked up impressive sales numbers in the process!
The company has just introduced its new edition, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica minivan, now available in Langley at Willowbrook Chrysler. So lauded for its many qualities last year, it is actually benefiting form a number of upgrades to maintain its hold on the segment as a vehicle offering premium quality in every department. We take a look at what's new in the 2018 edition of the Pacifica:
More affordable base model
Chrysler has introduced a new base trim level (L) that slides in below last's entry-level model (LX); while still generously equipped, the new L trim is priced some $2,000 less than last year's most affordable Pacifica. Chrysler's premier minivan becomes even more accessible to families in Langley and on the Lower Mainland - and comes in notably lower in price than the entry models of the Toyota Sienna and the Honda Odyssey.
The 2018 model of the Pacifica sees its touchscreen display grow from 5 inches to 7 inches, in the base model. Still available as an option is an even bigger 8,4-inch screen, which now incorporates the updated Uconnect system with, for the first time, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, as well as available WiFi connectivity.
Options on more trim levels
The Touring Plus version has received new wheel designs as well as body-coloured exterior mirrors so that it cuts an even more striking figure on the road. Last year's Premium and Platinum trims, by the way, have been renamed Touring L and Limited, respectively; as well, the hybrid version now includes a Touring Plus trim. The Touring L receives chrome roof-rack rails, and is available in two new colours (Copper Pearl Coat and Ocean Blue Metallic); it also adds a power-adjustable passenger seat, perforated leather seats, an upgraded overhead console, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a 13-speaker, 506-watt Alpine audio system accessible via that bigger screen we mentioned. Like the idea of a universal garage-door opener? The Touring L (and Hybrid Touring L) have that too!
Newly standard safety features
The 2017 edition, when chosen with the SafetyTec package, was already packed with quite a roster of advanced safety and drive-assist systems (blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors with rear automated emergency braking, etc.). In the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica, these are now available as standard equipment. Some others, like front automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beams, and lane-keeping assist, are still optional add-ons.