The US automaker has revealed the 2017 Pacifica will have some of the best fuel economy ratings in its segment when it goes on sale later on this year.
Chrysler’s Pacifica is the much anticipated successor to the Town & Country people carrier and the model has been introduced during January’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit and is equipped with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine mated to a class exclusive nine-speed automatic gearbox. With a modern powertrain and after losing 250 pounds compared to the predecessor, the minivan is able to do 18 miles per gallon city, 28 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined – which is better by 5.9 percent in the city, 12 percent on the highway, and 10 percent combined.
These figures are almost the best in class – though the Pacifica loses the race to the Honda Odyssey which comes with an EPA fuel economy rating of 19 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined. But Chrysler might have an ace up its sleeve in the near future, as the Pacifica will soon receive an engine start / stop system so its fuel economy figures could go up enough to claim the top spot in its category. And fans may even hold out for the Pacifica Hybrid that will come with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that will mate a 3.6-liter V6 Atkinson cycle engine, a dual-motor electrically variable transmission, and a 16 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. This will be enough for electric travel to span 30 miles and sport an estimated fuel economy rating of 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe).