Chrysler Pacifica minivan: Hybrid coming spring, FWD only

Chrysler has revealed the long awaited replacement for the fifth generation Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country, and it exhumes the Pacifica name.

With a new platform and new styling, and not a hint of badge engineering in sight, Fiat Chrysler has decided that a new/old name is order for its all important minivan: Pacifica.

Hopefully the new Pacifica minivan fares better in the market than the Pacifica SUV, which was launched in 2003 and charged with pushing the Chrysler brand upmarket. It faded from the market just 5 years later.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica features standard active noise cancellation, a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with 287hp (214kW) and 262 lb-ft (355Nm), and a 9-speed automatic.

There’s also a hybrid version, which has retuned version of that engine mated to a 16kWh lithium ion battery pack, two electric motors, 30mi (48km) of emissions free driving, and mileage of 80MPGe.

Both drivetrains are front-wheel drive only. The regular gas Pacifica goes on sale in the spring, while the Pacifica Hybrid becomes available in the second half of 2016.

Available options include a tri-pane panoramic sunroof, 20-inch alloys, surround view, parking assistance, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automated emergency braking, 20-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system, and an integrated vacuum cleaner.