Pigs Actually Do Fly In Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Commercial

5 months ago by Steven Loveday 29

The all-new Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is literally in a class of its own, making it possibly the most versatile family-hauling plug-in hybrid to date.

Today we view a very rare occurrence. It’s not often that we get an opportunity to see pigs fly, or watch hell freezing over. But, thanks to FCA we get both in under a minute.

Who are we kidding, the rare occurrence is actually commercial advertising in the EV segment, which is honestly about as rare as pigs flying. Or maybe the rare occurrence is a plug-in hybrid minivan.

Chrysler is in a bit of a different boat than some of today’s other automakers in regards to its Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. While other companies are often accused of making compliance cars, or marketing vehicles to only specific areas (CARB states), the new plug-in hybrid minivan (with 33 miles of all-electric range) is a vehicle for the masses.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

“Introducing the unprecedented Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid – You don’t see this kind of thing everyday.”

FCA knows that people are enamored with its minivan. Heck, it is one of few companies left that makes a successful minivan, and the automaker has to get its current customer base to believe in the new electrified model.

What’s stopping the average family from trading in their current Town and Country or Caravan and getting an ICE Pacifica? It’s cheaper, and it’s wooing the critics and taking home substantial awards.

Chrysler needs to get its minivan customers, aside from EV enthusiasts, to buy in – and it will prove no easy task. Good, solid, entertaining advertising that educates the masses, may be the only saving grace. Front and center in the ad is the Pacifica’s 84 MPGe, which should appeal to anyone. Also mentioned is the best in class cargo capacity (not mentioned is the eliminated Stow n’ Go seating), but apparently even without that extra space, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is only exceeded by the non-hybrid Pacifica in the cargo department (fact checking shows that the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna both have more cargo capacity in every measurement, than oth the ICE and plug-in Pacifica). Hopefully the masses don’t do their homework.

If Chrysler can use advertising to do a better job getting consumers to look at the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid – than those poor kids did in getting their parents attention – then maybe the automaker will succeed in selling the new offering.

Video Description via Chrysler on YouTube:

With seating for seven, 84 MPGe and 566 miles of total driving range, the All-New Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is unprecedented. Some things you have to see to believe.

Check out a few more Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid commercials below (educating the public using celebrities and kids is always a good choice):

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29 responses to "Pigs Actually Do Fly In Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Commercial"

  1. SparkEV says:

    Nice, but where are the worms with ears?

  2. fred says:

    Then I found out they do not allow towing with the hybrid?! Why not? EVs make the best tow vehicles.

    That one last detail made the Pacifica Hybrid a non-started for me. I had just assumed it could tow like all minivans can tow.

    They’re still treating EVs like an illness not a benefit.

    Guess I’ll have to wait for the ever delayed Mitsubishi Outlander. Hopefully it can tow although I wish it had 30ish all electric range, if it ever shows up here.

    1. ClarksonCote says:

      If I had to guess, towing substantially increases the discharge rate on the battery, and that’s why they don’t allow it.

      This seemingly becomes less of an issue for vehicles once their electric range is rated at over 100 miles since their battery sizes are much larger, but even then, cooling concerns etc. need to be considered.

      1. Scramjett says:

        Maybe, but they could make a “trailer mode” that will default into hybrid mode when there is a trailer hitched up.

        In any case, it’s no skin off my nose since I’d only use a hitch for a bike rack.

    2. Jimmy says:

      The Power Split Device planetary gear system can not handle towing. That’s where the Allison/GM/Daimler-Chrysler/BMW “two mode” hybrid transmission came in. While not very successful in light duty vehicles they are widely used in hybrid buses now.

    3. Steve says:

      All electric range is already stated. The regular and brake generating, expect around 31-32mpg with fuel.

    4. speculawyer says:

      I’m sure it could handle light towing just fine.

    5. Since Elon said the Model 3 will have Towing Capabilities, I would expect the Model Y to also have Towing, too.

      But yes, loosing 1 row of Stow & Go seats in the Middle, seems not so bad, early Minivans never had that anyway (the article makes it sound like Both Rows of Stow & Go were lost, though), bit dropping Tiwing, shows they left room to fix in ‘Pacifica Hybrid 2.0’, by the time Tesla brings a Minibus to the forefront of conversation!

  3. ffbj says:

    Funny, though Cerberus has 3 heads not 2.

    1. Kdawg says:

      Not always. WIKI:
      ———-
      Descriptions of Cerberus vary, including the number of his heads. Cerberus was usually three-headed, though not always. Cerberus had a multi-headed heritage. His father was the multi snake-headed Typhon,[3] and Cerberus was the brother of three other multi-headed monsters, the multi-snake-headed Lernaean Hydra; Orthrus, the two-headed dog who guarded the Cattle of Geryon; and the Chimera, who had three heads, that of a lion, a goat, and a snake.[4] And, like these close relatives, Cerberus was, with only the rare iconographic exception, multi-headed.

      In the earliest description of Cerberus, Hesiod’s Theogony (c. 8th – 7th century BC), Cerberus has fifty heads, while Pindar (c. 522 – c. 443 BC) gave him one hundred heads.[5] However, later writers almost universally give Cerberus three heads.[6] An exception is the Latin poet Horace’s Cerberus which has a single dog head, and one hundred snake heads.[7] Perhaps trying to reconcile these competing traditions, Apollodorus’s Cerberus has three dog heads and the heads of “all sorts of snakes” along his back, while the Byzantine poet John Tzetzes (who probably based his account on Apollodorus) gives Cerberus fifty heads, three of which were dog heads, the rest being the “heads of other beasts of all sorts”.
      In art Cerberus is most commonly depicted with two dog heads (visible), never more than three, but occasionally with only one.

      1. ffbj says:

        Thanks for taking the time to post that. Point being bring plenty of doggie treats.

  4. pjwood1 says:

    Shoulda just said “32mpg”.

    They were smart enough to use “hybrid” instead of “PHEV”. Then, they go and spout “MPGe”, as if anyone’s going to get that?

    1. Mad says:

      Well with my Ford fusion energi, it often get the 100 mpge. It all depends on how you drive. I think the 84 mpge is a great way to communicate that it is really cheap to operate and is green.

      Trying to explain range and gas and plug-in in a 1 minute slot is way too much. Just the 84 mpge is good.

      1. Kdawg says:

        From my experience w/the Volt, I think the best way to explain it is that you may go months without having to buy gas. That usually gets the ears perked up.

        1. If I had enough Head Room in the Volt, I could likely add Gas only on Vacation Trips! 2-4 times a year, basically!

          Even a weekend trip to Collingwood, from Toronto, is close to cover all on Electric, but not many L2 Plugs in town there, yet! If it was at 75 Miles EV Range, it could Nail that trip, too!

      2. speculawyer says:

        Yeah, I am fine with them being a little misleading if it moves more PHEVs. As long as people plug it in every night, it should slash some 55% to 80% of their gasoline usage.

  5. Mystery MiEVer says:

    Good job as introductory advertising. Regarding towing- there’s nothing FCA can do about it unless a particular failure is proven to be caused by your towing. (Magnuson Moss Warranty Act)

    If you’re towing a 3500 lb travel trailer through Death Valley, yes then you’d be living on the edge. Pulling the 14′ fishing skiff? Sure thing. My little EV has done more towing than the maker would EVer imagine over the past 70k miles, but the three different dealers I’ve had recalls handled at could care less about the ‘bicycle carrier hitch’.

    1. speculawyer says:

      Indeed! I’m sure this would tow just fine if you stay in reasonable limits.

  6. fishhawk says:

    This would be the perfect vehicle for my wife except for one problem: as I understand it, the engine runs if you are using the A/C. Here in Texas that’s a show stopper.

    1. Tom says:

      Perhaps taking a test drive would be a better idea than taking your opinion from posters on internet forums. Pretty sure the A/C thing doesn’t pass the smell test of reality. Heater yes (see Volt)…A/C? Ummm….

    2. Scott P. says:

      PacHy owner here. I have run both the heat and ac while on electric only. All th way from the mid 30’s to mid 70’s outside temperature. Engine did not kick on. I’ve only had it 3 weeks, so I don’t know how it will react to higher or lower outside temps.

  7. Vexar says:

    So the Model X has 92 MPGe. Sure, it has the ICE range of a Geo Metro, but until that street corner that’s all frozen over is an oil refinery, this is a first step. I do note how FCA has had to hire celebrities to advertise their car, whereas Tesla just sells them their cars.
    I meet more celebrities at the Barstow supercharger at odd hours of the night…

  8. KM says:

    It is a shame Chrysler is no longer available in Europe. I think this Phev would sell here pretty well.

  9. speculawyer says:

    ???? The real “pigs will fly” thing is that this vehicle is coming from Fiat-Chrysler! Their CEO literally told people not to buy their own plug-in cars!

    1. Scramjett says:

      To be fair, Sergio was talking about BEVs, not PHEVs. His reasoning is that the only thing automakers build anymore are engines and without engines, they’d be irrelevant. Hence why he and GM are cool with PHEVs. IMHO, that’s their problem since they shot themselves in the foot by outsourcing everything else but the engine.

  10. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    The Chrysler Pacifica (Plug-in) Hybrid does give me hope that legacy auto makers will make and sell compelling models of PEVs (Plug-in EVs) which are larger than compact or even sub-compact cars.

    Unfortunately, the reality is that higher-priced PHEV variants on gasmobiles don’t sell in significant numbers. So likely this one won’t either.

    This appears to be a pretty well-engineered variant on a gasmobile, aside from the lack of towing capability, but I think the rule will still hold that compelling PEVs are designed and built from the ground up.

    Still, this is a good enough effort that I’m willing to say Go Chrysler!

    1. Scramjett says:

      That’s not always the case. The Outlander in Europe continues to sell better than its gas counterpart despite the loss or downgrade of incentives in some of the countries.

      Also, if you’re looking for something with towing, then Chrysler is expected to show off a PHEV mid-size SUV later this year (think Highlander/Pathfinder/Pilot class) if what I’ve seen is true. That’s likely to have towing.

      As for the Pacifica, I’m cautiously optimistic that Chrysler will have a winner on its hands.

  11. drpawansharma says:

    I love the sliding doors, wish more cars had it…it is so convenient.

  12. Scramjett says:

    They redeemed themselves with Neil after the hot mess that is Katherine Heigl.

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