NAIAS 2016: Chrysler Pacifica debuts in Detroit

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Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Chrysler | posted January 11, 2016 15:33

Chrysler says goodbye to Town & Country; welcomes 2017 Pacifica

Chrysler has revealed the 2017 Pacifica at this year's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The Pacifica replaces the Town and Country as Chrysler's challenger in the minivan segment.

Up front, the 2017 Pacifica shares similarities with the Chrysler 200 sedan. It is fitted with sweptback headlights, a mesh grill and a large bumper. Turning at the side, the vehicle is characterized by sharp character lines, prominent wheel arches and a tapered roof line. It also has a handsfree sliding doors, which are operated by making a kicking motion under the door.

Rear of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

The rear of the 2017 Pacifica has a roof-mounted spoiler and wraparound taillights. The vehicle also comes with roof rails and can be fitted with an optional 20-inch wheels.

Chrylser says the 2017 Pacifica is designed to deliver a “vault-like” interior environment with reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). The minivan gets a two-tone interior theme along with heated seats, a three-spoke steering wheel and a rotary shifter on the center console. It also has an 8.4-inch touchscreen and Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system.

Interior of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

The automaker adds that the Pacifica is integrated with a new Uconnect Theater rear seat entertainment system where passengers can watch movies, play built-in games, connect personal devices to surf the web via two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens. Other features of the 2017 Pacifica are the keyless 'Enter 'n Go', remote start and active noise cancellation system.

The 2017 Pacifica is powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that delivers 291 PS and 355 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. On the other hand, the Pacifica Hybrid is equipped with the same 3.6-liter engine, but produces only 251 PS and 311 Nm of torque. It works together with a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery that generates 48 km of electric driving range.