FCA begins production of its Chrysler Pacifica minivan image

Fiat Chrysler announced it has started to build the new Pacifica minivan at automaker’s plant in Windsor, Canada.

Fiat Chrysler hopes to revolutionize the minivan segment with its new Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid models. And this “shake up” has just started at the company’s Windsor, Ontario plant, one of Chrysler’s oldest facilites. Built in 1928, the production line is rolling out minivans since 1983, with more than 14 million vehicles being sold so far. To develop and produce the next generation minivans, FCA said it has invested 3.7 billion Canadian dollars (2.67 billion US dollars) since September 2014 and created 1,200 jobs in Canada. The Pacifica, which is also being developed as the company’s first hybrid electric minivan, is still in early production stages, said Reid Bigland, president and chief executive of FCA Canada.

The all-new 2017 model features a choice of two powertrains: a hybrid set-up and the next generation of the Pentastar 3.6-litre V6 gasoline engine with 287 HP (283 PS) and 262 lb-ft (355 Nm), which is mated to a TorqueFlite nine-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid version will deliver an estimated range of 30 miles solely on zero-emissions electric power from a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. In city driving, it is expected to achieve an efficiency rating of 80 MPGe based on US Environmental Protection Agency standards. The first units of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica will arrive in showrooms this spring.