The new Chrysler Pacifica can also become wheelchair-accessible thanks to the partnership with BraunAbility – and the model presented during the 2017 Chicago Auto Show was actually 45 years away from the first Dodge with this special feature.
Chrysler’s Pacifica minivan can now be used by people with severe disabilities, as the new model, produced with help from BraunAbility, is specifically designed as a wheelchair-accessible vehicle – and the automaker even seeks glory as the most spacious wheelchair van on the market. The BraunAbility Chrysler Pacifica model is higher than the standard van so it can hide the slide-out ramp that extends from the passenger-side sliding door. There are also longer front and rear fascias, new rocker panels and “AccessAbility” technology that makes for a completely flat floor inside the van. Because BraunAbility and Chrysler worked in partnership, the model meets all the durability and crash test criteria as the regular model.
Chrysler also contends its door opening is the widest of any wheelchair-accessible van, and even offers up to $1,000 to offset the cost for drivers with physical disabilities. The automaker is also partnering with Canine Companions for Independence, a training and providing service for service dogs to help wheelchair users with everyday tasks, including getting in and out of such vehicles. “The all-new Chrysler Pacifica is proving to be a lot of things to a lot of people, and now equipped with the BraunAbility technology, it is also the perfect tool to help our customers gain freedom to stay active in their everyday lives,” commented Tim Kuniskis, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief for passenger cars.