The very first plug-in hybrid minivan is now available to Canadian consumers - to the delight of families wanting to combine roomy versatility and driving excellence with the savings that come with adopting a hybrid electric powertrain. And remember that buyers in British Columbia have access to significant government incentives that bring the price of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid down to truly tempting levels!
The new Pacifica Hybrid offers an approximate all-electric range of 50 km on a full charge (total driving range on a full charge and a full tank of gas is estimated at 911 km); and according to Chrysler, charging time is just two hours (with the available Level 2 240-volt charger).
Chrysler has long been a power player in the minivan category, particularly with the legendary Town and Country. Now, with competition heating up from several other domestic and foreign competitors, the automaker ups the ante once again with this money-saving, fuel-efficient people-mover.
In fact the Pacifica is really the inheritor of the Town and Country legacy. Motorists settling in to the new Pacifica Hybrid will be hard-pressed to notice much difference in the functionality of the new minivan. Everything works pretty much the same as before, there's no big learning curve to adjust to the hybrid technology and electric motor. Other than plugging it in at night, there's no tweaking and setting-changing needed on the part of the driver to operate both motor systems in sync and with smooth transitions between them.
On the other hand, buyers will notice a whole lot of difference in the state-of-the-art new comfort, entertainment and safety elements Chrysler has added to make its prime family minivan even more of an all-around first-rate mode of transportation.
Though it would be stretching things to say the new Pacifica is outlandish in any way, a mantra of the carmaker in designing it was sober, no more. Just because it's a money-saver and safe people mover doesn't mean it has to be dull, and it most certainly isn't. It comes with a high-efficiency 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine generating 248 hp, able to produce more than enough power for a variety of driving needs.
Need extra cargo space? There's tons of it to begin with, but it's also possible to fold flat the third row of seats to create even more room for bulky stuff. The interior can hold seven passengers in full comfort, and it's no surprise given the Chrysler name that the cabin features a wide array of practical, ergonomically well-designed storage bins, cup holder, armrests and other little elements that add up to a whole lot of comfort on even mega-road trips.