Chrysler Pacifica: Best of Detroit Auto Show

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Yes, it’s a minivan. But before you run in fear, the 2017 Pacifica is so highly evolved and full of technology and functionality that it’s essentially an office on wheels — with sliding doors. While it rides on an all-new platform, dimensionally it’s near that of the outgoing Town & Country. The Pacifica is significantly more fluid and aggressive looking compared to the T&C thanks to 20-inch wheels. It’s a sizable 300 pounds lighter too. But as with all minivans inside is where the real magic happens: Up front, the Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen houses familiar infotainment functionality, and for backseat passengers, there’s a new Uconnect Theater system, with a pair of 10-inch touchscreen displays. With some 200 cubic feet of total interior volume and a capacious 140.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the first row, Chrysler’s infamous Stow ‘N Go seating is still here, with chairs that fold into the floor. Powertrains will be available as both a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, but in the Pacifica Hybrid, there’s a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery that delivers up to 30 miles of electric driving range, for an 80-miles-per-gallon-equivalent rating. Stop-start will be added to the Pacifica range after its introduction, and all models in all five trim levels come with front-wheel drive.

 

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