The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica was one of the most anticipated models that were officially introduced during the 2016 NAIAS earlier last month – as the automaker looks to have built the best van available on the market today.
The minivan that traces its roots to the model that actually established the segment, seems to have taken all the right decisions to make itself a relevant model for the modern family. And Chrysler even upped the stakes by jam packing it with high tech features. Arguably the most hyped version is the Hybrid – which is kind of misleading since this particular Pacifica version is actually a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). And in a departure from the norm imposed by the best-selling hybrid out there – the Prius – the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid comes with a large capacity battery that can be recharged when the vehicle is parked. That’s because Chrysler went for a 16 kWh battery with 30 miles of pure electric range in order to secure the full $7, 500 federal tax credit applicable to such models. And because it packs not one, but two electric engines, it’s going to hit no less than 120 mph (193 km/h) in electric mode.
And according to the latest report, during an interview Mike Duhaime, Chrysler’s global director for electrification explained: “Effectively, one motor is on the engine, and the other is at the wheels. In pure-electric mode, the Pacifica Hybrid performs like an electric car with a very large motor; and then when the battery depletes, one motor is used to start the engine and act as a generator. When it runs as a hybrid, when the engine’s running, we use Motor A to balance the engine and put it in its most optimum range, and in parallel with Motor B we get the ratio, and the torque to the wheels.” And with a 3.6-liter V6 engine taking care of things when needed, the Pacifica can be called anything but undersized.