Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has finally decided to go down the hybrid route as of late, presenting the rather well built and technically praised Pacifica plug in hybrid minivan, but as it turns out this may very well be just an intermediate step.
According to a new report, the 33-mile electric range is not enough and the company might actually ditch the Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 combustion engine – with an all-electric version of the Pacifica getting ready for prime time during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this January. Details are being held under a tight wrap for now so we have no idea if the report refers to a concept car or the production version – though the former might be a wiser choice to test the reaction of the crowd and specialists to a potential series production model. Anyways, FCA has already mentioned it has plans to announce a new model at CES instead of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, also set for January, so we’re pretty sure the mystery will be over soon.
We’re not entirely sure if the introduction might have to do with FCA’s partnership with Google, with the companies planning a set of 100 autonomous Pacificas as a test fleet. Anyways, because CES is kicking off early on next year on January 3 with the shows’ first media day, we’re not going to be surprised if the company takes the wraps online before the end of the year.