Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: Plug-In Minivan With 30 Miles Range, 80 MPGe

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Chrsyler Pacifica Hybrid - World Debut At NAIAS In Detroit – Netting 30 Miles Range, 80 MPGe (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Chrsyler Pacifica Hybrid – World Debut At NAIAS In Detroit – Netting 30 Miles Range, 80 MPGe (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Chrysler took the wraps of its first major foray in the plug-in, extended range business today from NAIAS in Detroit.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Introducing the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan, which apparently is a superior name over just calling it the Town & Country plug-in.  (Video of live debut from NAIAS at bottom)

Let’s get right to what it can do;  Chrysler says it is equipped with a 16 kWh battery, that gives the minivan a ~30 mile range and allows it to hit 80 MPGe – answering an earlier advertised teaser.

One can’t help but notice the lithium battery, which is tucked underneath, just hits the threshold for the maximum federal credit – so the full $7,500 government kickback is on the table.

Chrsyler Pacifica Hybrid - Arriving Second Half Of 2016

Chrsyler Pacifica Hybrid – Arriving Second Half Of 2016

A Look In The Back! (Click to Enlarge  - InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

A Look In The Back Live! (Click to Enlarge – InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

As for the petrol-burning part of the equation, Chrysler has equipped the T&C PHEV Pacifica Hybrid with a 3.6-liter Pentastart V6 – the same power plant in the non-plug-in.  However in the Pacifica the engine output has been lowered to 248hp with 230lb ft of torque.

And while the pricing has not yet been announced, it will be a raging steal over the standard version, as the economics of the 30 mile range/80 MPGe and a $7,500 federal credit are easy to understand against a conventional van (the 2016 Town & Country is rated at 20 MPG combined).

2017 Chryaler Pacifica Hybrid Interior

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Interior

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Optional Roof

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Optional Roof

“The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is truly a no-compromises minivan, giving customers everything they need or want,” said Timothy Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands, FCA – North America.

“We started from the ground up to design the most technologically advanced minivan, which offers bold styling, class-leading ride and handling, and unmatched fuel economy, with the Pacifica Hybrid delivering up to 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in city driving. The all-new Chrysler Pacifica was thoughtfully designed and engineered to provide unsurpassed levels of comfort, convenience, technology and functionality, making it the perfect combination for modern families.”

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid 7 or 8 Seat Options

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid 7 or 8 Seat Options

Just So You Know Where To Plug It In! (InsideEVs/Tom Mouloughney)

Just So You Know Where To Plug It In! (InsideEVs/Tom Mouloughney)

Chrysler says a full charge comes in two hours via 240 – which means some heft abilities via L2…or Chrysler’s PR guys are being a touch optimistic.

Stow ‘N Go is out in the second row as that space is already reserved for the 16 kWh battery, but the third row – which can make this a 8-seater (optional), does still fold down in classic Chrysler ‘into the floor’ style.

Video (below): Walkthrough on the 2017 Pacifica Hybrid with Chrysler’s Jessica LaFond:

As it is a new Chrysler minivan, it has lots of other fancy/yet unnecessary things:

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Instrument Cluster

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Instrument Cluster

*- optional built-in vacuum cleaner (which we are pretty sure is a plug-in option first too)
*- tri-pane panoramic sunroof
*- Uconnect Theater in rear, 8.4-inch touchscreen display up front
*- Adaptive Cruise Control
*- parking assist
*- Collision Warning
*- surround-view camera
*- hands-free door operation
*- optional 18″ wheels (unique 17s are standard)

Two trims of the Pacifica Hybrid will be available – Touring and Platinum.  Pricing has not been released.

The standard Pacifica will be at dealers this Spring, with the Pacifica Hybrid arriving in the second half of 2016.  So good news all round – it comes as advertised, and it comes this year!

Chrsyler Pacifica Hybrid

Chrsyler Pacifica Hybrid

Chrsyler Press Release:

First hybrid powertrain in minivan segment

"Proof" It Really Does Plug-In

“Proof” It Really Does Plug-In

“Due to its large footprint and multiple daily trip patterns, the minivan is ideally suited for electrification technology,” said Bob Lee, Vice President and Head of Engine, Powertrain and Electrified Propulsion Systems Engineering, FCA – North America. “The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica lives up to this promise and then some, with efficiency, power and refinement.”

Launching in second half of 2016, the Pacifica Hybrid is the industry’s first electrified minivan. With an estimated 248 horsepower, the vehicle will deliver an estimated range of 30 miles solely on zero-emissions electric power from a 16-kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery.

In city driving, it is expected to achieve an efficiency rating of 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe), based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards.

When the battery’s energy is depleted to a certain threshold, the Pacifica Hybrid becomes a part-time electric vehicle, like a conventional hybrid. Power to the wheels is supplied by the electric drive system or supplemented by a specially adapted new version of the award-winning FCA US Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 engine.

Chrsyler Pacifica Hybrid - Family Hauling

Chrsyler Pacifica Hybrid – Family Hauling

Chrsyler Pacifica Hybrid Center Console

Chrsyler Pacifica Hybrid Center Console

The battery pack – neatly packaged under the second row floor in the new unique battery case – may be fully recharged in as little as two hours using a 240-volt plug-in system.

The pivotal technology behind the all-new Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is its innovative electrically variable transmission (EVT). Designed and patented by FCA US, the device features two electric motors – both of which are capable of driving the vehicle’s wheels.

Conventional electrification schemes dedicate one motor to serve as a generator and a second motor – usually much larger – to deliver torque to the wheels. But the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid uses a one-way clutch that allows the motor typically used only as a generator to deliver torque to the wheels, depending on driving conditions. The result is increased efficiency, refinement and improved component packaging.

Pacificia Hybrid Released In 2nd Half Of 2016, Regular Version (red) This Spring

Pacificia Hybrid Released In 2nd Half Of 2016, Regular Version (red) This Spring

Plug-In Specific Wheels (17" Standard, 18" Available)

Plug-In Specific Wheels (17″ Standard, 18″ Available)

Unique hybrid engine

Based on the newly upgraded Pentastar engine architecture, the new hybrid engine features an Atkinson cycle combustion system for improved pumping efficiency without compromising vehicle performance due to its hybrid electric motors working in tandem with the engine when full load performance is required.

Unique “handed” pistons provide a compression ratio increase to 12.5:1 for further thermodynamic efficiency improvement.

The front cover and front accessory drive system was re-engineered due to the elimination of the alternator and power steering pump which is common to most hybrid engines.

Friction reduction improvements, along with ignition and fuel injection improvements found on the upgraded Pentastar V-6 are all part of the specially adapted hybrid Pentastar engine, while 2-step valve lift and cooled EGR have been removed with the addition of Atkinson cycle combustion system.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Looking Sleek...for a minivan

Looking Sleek…for a minivan

Recharging

Deceleration triggers the motor to turn into a generator, which creates electricity to send back to the battery pack.

The 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is stored efficiently under the second-row floor, keeping the rear cargo area as roomy as ever and preserving the third-row Stow ‘n Go seating and storage.

The exterior charge port is located on the driver’s side fender for quick and easy plug in after exiting the vehicle. On the inside, a charging indicator light is located on the instrument panel so owners can easily monitor the battery charge process


Video (below): Chrysler featurette on Pacifica designL

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72 responses to "Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: Plug-In Minivan With 30 Miles Range, 80 MPGe"

  1. Alan says:

    Not sure if it’s my imagination but the ground clearance looks really quite low ?

    1. vin says:

      It does, hope they don’t hike it back up for production because it looks awesome and is probably worth a few MPG on the highway.

  2. tftf says:

    Do they still use Samsung cells?

    Other than BMW, Fiat-Chrysler to my knowledge is their only major (Western) car battery customer.

    This is important for Samsung since most car brands went with LG Chem…

    1. tftf says:

      PS: VW Group is dual-sourcing for some brands (Audi etc.) from LG and Samsung, just wanted to add that.

  3. offib says:

    Just…. Why is it that the plug-in hybrid or electric version of the car is always held back when a new model I released?

    This, The Smart ForTwo E-Drive, the PiP, etc.
    Are they worried that the plugins will cannibalise early sales of the ICEs?

    Nice car anyway. Lets hope they engineered it properly and invested in their own manufacturing for it to be profitable, so that the Fiat CEO would Stop Bitching!

    1. DanCar says:

      Because the hybrid is more complicated. Two drivetrains versus one. Takes more time to work out all of the issues. Electric is held back because they make more money on the gas version, so prioritize that first.

      1. dt says:

        Chrysler also has to re-tool to make the new transmissions for the hybrid, a completely new product.

  4. David Murray says:

    I wonder what the 0-60 time is in EV mode and in hybrid mode.

    1. ArkansasVolt says:

      good question, but i doubt it will change my opinion. i still want one.

  5. Pete Bauer says:

    This is cool. Hope the Pacifica : Regular and Plugin models combined exceeds the sales of Grand Caravan and Town & Country.

    Yes the new single name Pacifica is better than the word “Town & Country”.

    Pricing is very important, hope they follow Tesla model rather than Cadillac-ELR model and don’t overprice it.

    At a battery price of $300 / KWh, 16 KWh works out to $ 4,800 and along with the motor and other components, the total extra should not exceed $ 10,000 over the regular model.

    1. ArkansasVolt says:

      I would pay a $10k premium.

      1. suresh says:

        -7500 federal

    2. Sting777 says:

      Battery prices for the Bolt were $150.

  6. Djoni says:

    This is all good.
    A Voltec variation in a more widely choose vehicle is good news.
    Although I don’t know at which price it will be offered.

    1. pjwood1 says:

      +1, a production surprise. I saw Atkinson, which may mean series/REx configuration. There needs to be more revealed about the inards, but these specs look nice. Almost like the Voltec/Equinox GM hasn’t made.

      WSJ and the rest of the sector are really down on Fiat / Chrysler results. Who took Marchionne into a room and beat this out of him?

  7. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    Well, that’s a pleasant surprise; the production version looks much less fugly than the prototype.

    And 30 miles of all-electric range — hopefully that’s a realistic, EPA rated range — doesn’t sound like that much, especially compared to the range of the Volt 2.0, but at least it’s somewhat better than the Outlander PHEV’s estimated 23 miles of real-world electric range.

    I’m glad they gave the PHEV a distinctive name. Maybe that will help them sell more, because in general, PHEV versions of gasmobiles sell very poorly… the Outlander PHEV being, I think, the one and only exception.

    1. Just_Chris says:

      You do realize because you think something it doesn’t make it true?

      The Pip, Ford energi’s, BMW X5, XC90, volt… in fact every thing except the i8, i3, model S & X and the Leaf is based on an ICE. I am not a fan of these bastard children either but if made in sufficient numbers ICE based vehicles have the potential to sell very well. I hate it but I suspect the new Pip (if Toyota build it in volume) will match or out sell the volt in the US.

  8. Tman says:

    That is the classiest minivan ever made. Both exterior and interior are well executed. Beats everything in the segment.

    Chrysler was smart to make the hybrid plugin only as it would cost the consumer less than it would have been with a non plugin hybrid thanks to the $7500 federal tax credit.

    I’m loving this minivan.

    1. Josh says:

      This is a sign of the future. More and more vehicles will drop the standard hybrid option and only offer a plug-in hybrid option.

      1. ArkansasVolt says:

        sounds optimistic, but i hope that you are right.

  9. Alan says:

    Unrelated to this article,

    Bolt confirmed as 60 kWh battery as most of us figured.

  10. Josh says:

    Congrats to Chrysler on this. This is a proper announcement (short of price). Here are the specs, this is vehicle in its offered configurations, and it will be available this year.

    Other automakers need to follow this lead.

    BTW: 30 mile AER, I nailed that call on the 880 post.

  11. Tman says:

    And considering the high take rate of the diesel in the Ram 1500 pickup truck, I won’t be surprised if there is a similar take rate with the Pacifica hybrid.

  12. gsned57 says:

    This is fantastic and is currently at the top of my list for the first EV my family will own. Been waiting for this for a long time and wish GM would have done it a long time ago.

    A few questions I do have though. Did Chrysler do as good a job as GM did with the Volt? Will it be reliable? Will the gas engine kick in if I floor it but have lots of battery life left? What is the price?

    I can certainly see picking up an off lease model at half the cost. Chrysler Minivans have TERRIBLE resale values especially compared to Honda and Toyota. If I am in a pinch and need to replace a car however I could see buying new.

    Thanks Chrysler!

    1. Robb Stark says:

      Yes, the gas will kick in if you floor it.

      Chrysler has said they will use the gas engine for ultimate efficiency. They will not forgo the most efficient use of the powertrain for ideological reasons.

      Only time will tell if it is as reliable as a Volt.Or how good the resale value is.

      They will have two trim levels Touring and Platinum. My guess is $43k for Touring and $48k for Platinum and it qualifies for the full $7500 Federal Credit.

      1. DanCar says:

        > … time will tell …
        Nah. Chrysler minivans are consistently at the bottom in quality ratings. They are not going to jump to the top overnight. We can tell right now that it will have sub par quality. I still want get one though because warranty will cover issues during lease.

      2. Nick says:

        It’s always more efficient to use the stored electrical energy vs burning gas if you can make it to your destination without running out of charge.

        No ideology needed.

  13. Nikolas Tesla says:

    Why not all electric? There is plenty of room to put batteries!
    30 miles AER is no progress, and it’s the same game of playing us from alll car makers : hybrids with a small AER, instead of full electrics with 10 times AER.

    1. Robb Stark says:

      It is not all electric because then it has to compete with Tesla Model X.

      With a price close to a Model X without a nationwide fast charging network, the cachet of Tesla nor the BEV economies of scale of Tesla.

      And not everyone wants an all electric.

      A full size vehicle that sits 7 adults with an AER of 30 miles under $50k is massive progress.

    2. ArkansasVolt says:

      this is HUGE progress here in the US. There are no diesel or hybrid options for people wanting a minivan or something similar.

    3. mustang_sallad says:

      Yes this is progress – 30 miles is enough to cover most daily driving. The all-or-nothing EV purists need to go away, they’re only going to slow down the overall transition by scaring mainstream buyers away.

      1. Just_Chris says:

        +1

        If the choice mini-van or PHEV mini-van the latter is the way to go. I wish Nissan would release their leaf mini-van in the US with the 30kWh battery though. I don’t live in the US or own a mini-van but this to me seems like a really obvious segment for EV’s. A nice low solid weight in the floor, less jerky performance, quieter and cleaner ev mini-vans are the way to go.

    4. Chris says:

      Agree this is huge progress and what Volt fans have been clamoring for (although typically in the more popular “small SUV” body style. Honestly, if this were in an SUV instead of the “boring, but infinitely more practical” mini-van style, folks would be all over this announcement!

    5. wavelet says:

      An all-electric, full 8-seater minivan with half the total range of the ICEr (say 250-300mi), given the tall & non-aerodynamic shape of a minivan, would likely need 130-150kWh worth of cells.

      Would you be willing to pay north of US$120K, minimum, for a minivan? Very few people would, and nobody outside the US.

      1. Charlie says:

        Indeed, and many/most families are going to want their minivan to be suitable for a cross country road-trip without having to worry about a charging network.

  14. ArkansasVolt says:

    put me on a waiting list!!!

  15. Vexar says:

    This is a big success… for Chrysler. They are behind the curve, but I see this as an important increment for a few reasons. Number one, it’s a Minivan, so yay, larger vehicles. Number two, it’s one more brand with electrification. As stated above, this had better get the sales they are after because of the federal rebate.
    My expectation is that Chrysler will follow suit with other vehicle classes. Their customers want the cars to look like a Chrysler, and that has been accomplished here. One thing I hope Chrysler will stop doing is inching towards the dashboard complexity of a 747 cockpit. I had hoped that implementation of a touchscreen would reduce complexity, but it appears that Johnson Controls hasn’t figured out that buttons are very 20th Century.

  16. Kosh says:

    This is awesome, think of all the emissions saved while parents sit in line waiting to pick up the kids after school.

    Our ’97 Caravan was awesome – I caried six (house) doors in it once…. (until it started falling apart at 120K miles.

  17. bro1999 says:

    Interesting. I would never buy it, but if FCA can really get 30 EV miles out of a 16 kWh pack (same size as Gen 1 Volt, which got 35 EV miles out of 16 kWh) that will be impressive, as a minivan is a parachute compared to the Volt.

    1. goaterguy says:

      The Gen 1 Volt had an usable battery window of less than 11 kWh.

      1. Neromanceres says:

        Actually the 2011-2012 Volts with the 16KWh battery only had a 9.8KWh usable range which was very conservative.

        I would imagine that Chrysler is likely using 11 to 12 KWh’s of this battery.

  18. BradBitzer says:

    I see this as a game changer, not only for families, but for businesses. This has huge taxi, ride share, and ideally cargo van version use.

  19. David S. says:

    I’ve never been excited about a minivan before this one. FCA seems to have a very solid offering here. Way to go!
    Now let’s hope other manufacturers wake up soon

  20. taser54 says:

    This is a great development. Minivans are fantastically functional vehicles. We’ll have to wait and see how reliable this system is (because Chrysler has issues).

    Hopefully, it’ll be a reliable hit.

  21. Assaf says:

    Ok… before everyone gets excited, let’s see if it’s intended for wide distribution, or only as a compliance vehicle of sorts.

    Been there, done that multiple times in 2013.

    Let us not forget it’s Fiat-Chrysler we’re dealing with here.

    Jay, any additional info on that?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Full release/nationwide, (=

      1. Doug B says:

        Any info on price?

        1. Jay Cole says:

          Pricing on the standard Pacifica should available soon, but best we seem to be able to coax on the plug-in hybrid is that it will be priced “within weeks” of its release.

          …but as a rule of thumb, in the past plug-in variants tend to price out a few thousand higher than the highest level of the standard trim, and as the Pacifica has five of them (LX, Touring, Touring-L, Touring-L Plus, Limited, and Platinum) it could get quite high

          Point of reference: current 2016 T&C Platinum starts 40,645, Touring from $31,875.

          WAG at this point would be ~$45k for the base Pacific Hybrid Touring, ~$55k for bells-and-whistles Platinum trim.

          1. Jay, you must be all excited by this! I haven’t seen you stutter like this before!

            “WAG guess” = Wild Ass Guess guess…sort of like Knots per hour, since’Knots’ = Nautical Miles Per Hour, so “Knots per hour” = Nautical Miles Per Hour Per Hour!

            1. Jay Cole says:

              What? You must have copy & pasted wrong…I certainly didn’t go back and just edit that now, (=

              1. Assaf says:

                Thanks Jay! Isn’t this Da Best NAIAS yet? I can tell you guys are just enjoying every moment…

                1. Jay Cole says:

                  Yupe, and only getting better.

                  Forget the other minor reveals earlier today (and some more twirllyness tomorrow), we got the first inexpensive 200 mile BEV, and the first PHEV minivan on the stage – both that arrive this year.

                  Just those two put it ahead of all the others (outside the actual first production EV debuts themselves).

  22. bro1999 says:

    Funny that in all the photos, not once is the Pacifica pictured actually plugged in.

  23. PVH says:

    This is a clear case of underpromise and overdeliver. or ?

    1. PVH says:

      …It almost seems like Chrysler issued initially a fugly concept car for the sole purpose of stealthily working on this wonderful surprise of a car while everyone here was seemingly never fed up of commenting about the X…

  24. Speculawyer says:

    Suck it, Sergio.

    Are you gonna tell us not to buy this vehicle? LOL.

    1. Only if he prices it too low to make a killing on it!

    2. ArkansasVolt says:

      he has said it before. maybe this will be different.

    3. Alok says:

      LOL
      He would be in trouble indeed if he said that for all his plug-ins, since he just said to the Italian press in Detroit that half of the whole FCA line of products will be plug-ins by 2020, to comply with emission regulations!
      (That’s not a joke…)

      Also of interest, mainly for Europeans, he said that the first PHEVs in Europe will be from Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Awesome…

  25. Koenigsegg says:

    A somewhat decent looking minivan

    at least the front end

    i’d kill myself if i had to surccumb to driving a minivan though

    1. Michael says:

      God forbid you use a vehicle as a tool and not a virility display object.

      Minivans are awesome once you stop caring about what juvenile adults think when they see you in one. 😉

  26. ModernMarvelFan says:

    2 hours charging?

    Assuming it is the same 6.6kW charger from Fiat500e, it should charge about 12kWh in 2 hours.

    That is probably what is used. 11-12kWh for about 30 miles…

    Don’t expect it to be “EV only” miles. It will probably be more likely to be Energi or Sonata PHEV’s EV miles. You will get 0-30miles depending on how hard you drive. Load up with 7 passenger and gears, you won’t get all electric miles.

    But I still want it too.

    This might be the first minivan that I actually want to buy.

  27. Michael says:

    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

    Seriously, I’ve had minivans for years and have been begging Chrysler (in writing, by sending letters by USPS) for this product since around 1995 when the original Prius was announced.

    If it’s anything under 45k before tax credits and with a decent set of standard features I’ll be among the first to get one.

    Two vehicles types that I always own one each are minivans and convertibles. I love both.

  28. Matt says:

    I’d like to know how many hp the electric motor puts out. And the 0-60 time compared to the ICE only version. They should have gone Volvo xc90 on this and made the PHEV more powerful than its counterpart.

  29. Alan says:

    7 people means 560 Passenger Miles per Gallon equivalent – in reasonable comfort. Not bad …

  30. evnow says:

    That blows up Outlander PHEV as the large plugin contender. I’d prefer this over Outlander because of 7 seats.

    Now to get the wife to agree to buy a domestic …

  31. Speculawyer says:

    I’ve seen some articles with headlines saying “Chrysler Pacifica Minivan gets 80 MPG” . . . those people are going to be disappointed. (Dumb editors!)

    1. JS says:

      So 80 mpge. I would like to know how many mpg it gets after its gone past its 30 mile range.

  32. Phr3d says:

    I was ‘forced’ to drive the first minivan, straight copy of the one in the preview in the video above. In Weeks it was already anachronistic, and I was going to be in it for a week (loaner).
    I say all of this to define my predilection, I truly expected to grit my teeth and bear it.
    ahem.. I told everyone that could use one that it was one of the best vehicles I had ever used, I even did the Home Depot run (avoided a delivery fee as my coupe could do Groceries if I was Alone, lol) and hauled a bunch o’ building supplies with the viny-wood thing. Long and short, a minivan is a nice boring vehicle for the family and I Really hope this gets Sergio to Stop saying stupid things. I’m guessing that it will be pricey, but like the original, if it gets Chrysler off the ropes and back into competitive form, it is Great news for everyone (can you Believe AER of 30-ish? Hope it’s not a lie, as kid duties yield a Solid 13-15mpg, worse in the cold).

  33. Kris says:

    Will the front center console still be removable to allow a passage aisle to the rear without exiting the vehicle?

  34. dave I says:

    Wow! Chrysler beat all the Japanese & Korean class -leaders to the introduce in US market, Huh? Despite Toyota selling Hybrid Sienna in Japan only (conservative whys). the T&C (sorry Pacifica) Ride (pitch & roll) quality will suck but the gas bill WON’T ! Stow n’ go seats will help pacify this lacking also…

  35. Jay says:

    Nice article at http://www.allpar.com/model/m/pacifica/power.html
    Check out the dual-motor transmission. That’s a very compact unit, and so much simpler than the 9-speed automatic for the pure petro version.