Chrysler is joining the plug-in party with a PHEV version of its popular Pacifica minivan. The 2017 Pacifica Hybrid has an estimated electric range of 30 miles, and fuel efficiency of 80 MPGe in city driving.
LG Chem is supplying the 16 kWh Li-ion battery pack system and controls. The pack carries a 10-year/150,000-mile warranty. Fiat Chrysler developed its own electrically variable transmission, which features two electric motors, both capable of driving the wheels.
There are two trim levels. The Pacifica Hybrid Premium, which starts at $41,995 (plus $1,095 destination charge), features heated first-row seats, remote start with cabin pre-conditioning, and the SafetyTec Group of autonomy features, which includes ParkSense, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection. The 7-inch color driver information display is customizable, and includes an “efficiency coach,” which prompts owners to drive more efficiently and maximize the time spent in battery mode.
The Pacifica Hybrid Platinum adds a 13-speaker Alpine sound system, 3-D navigation, and handsfree sliding doors and liftgate. Additional safety features include Forward Collison Warning-Plus, rain-sensitive windshield wipers, auto high-beam headlamp control, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Hold, and LaneSense Lane Departure Warning. The Platinum model starts at $44,995.
Both models are eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit.
Source: Fiat Chrysler