Production Now Underway On 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid

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Employees at the Windsor Assembly Plant celebrate the launch of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, the industry’s first-ever electrified minivan. The hybrid version of the sixth-generation family hauler will deliver a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved range of 33 miles solely on zero-emissions electric power from a 16-kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery. It also earned a fuel-economy rating of 84 miles-per-gallon-equivalent (MPGe) from the EPA, reflecting the vehicle's combined city- and highway-cycle performance in electric-mode only, as tested.

Employees at the Windsor Assembly Plant celebrate the launch of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, the industry’s first-ever electrified minivan. The hybrid version of the sixth-generation family hauler will deliver a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved range of 33 miles solely on zero-emissions electric power from a 16-kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery.

Chrysler has confirmed that production of the Pacifica Hybrid is now underway:

“All-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, industry’s first electrified minivan, rolled off the line on Dec. 1, 2016.”

An employee at the Windsor Assembly Plant installs the 16-kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery in the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, the industry’s first-ever electrified minivan. The battery pack is neatly packaged under the second-row floor in a unique battery case to retain maximum interior volume for both passengers and cargo. The hybrid version of the sixth-generation family hauler will deliver a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved range of 33 miles solely on zero-emissions electric power. It also earned a fuel-economy rating of 84 miles-per-gallon-equivalent (MPGe) from the EPA, reflecting the vehicle's combined city- and highway-cycle performance in electric-mode only, as tested.

An employee at the Windsor Assembly Plant installs the 16-kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery in the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, the industry’s first-ever electrified minivan. The battery pack is neatly packaged under the second-row floor in a unique battery case to retain maximum interior volume for both passengers and cargo.

An employee at the Windsor Assembly plant builds a super module for the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, the industry’s first-ever electrified minivan.

An employee at the Windsor Assembly plant builds a super module for the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, the industry’s first-ever electrified minivan.

Slowly but surely we’ve been receiving details on the Pacifica Hybrid. It’s priced from $41,995 (in Premium trim + 1,095 DST), and qualifies for the $7,500 federal credit, meaning the plug-in van effectively retails for $34,495.

It will hit dealerships over the next several months. We expect the rollout and production ramp out to take some time though, so volume production/deliveries may still be more than a few months away.

Here’s Chrysler’s official statement on the rollout:

“The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid pricing starts at $34,495 with available U.S. federal tax credit, not including state and local incentives, and will begin arriving in dealerships over the next several months.”

Electric range for the plug-in minivan is now listed at 33 miles (EPA), up from the previous 30-mile estimate. MPGE combined is 84. These numbers are significant, says Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands, Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat, FCA – North America. He adds:

“Minivan drivers travel an average of around 30 miles each day, meaning that most Pacifica Hybrid owners will be able to complete their daily activities solely on electric power. For those longer weekend trips, the 33-mile all-electric range combined with a full tank of fuel will deliver an expected total range of 566 miles, alleviating the potential of any range anxiety.”

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid cutaway

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid cutaway

Of the production start, Brian Harlow, Head of Manufacturing, FCA – North America, stated:

“Building the Dodge Grand Caravan, the Chrysler Pacifica with the traditional gas powertrain and now the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid on the same assembly line requires the expanded application of World Class Manufacturing methods and tools to ensure we deliver world class quality in every vehicle we make. The Windsor team is proud to build the industry’s first hybrid minivan, and is confident that it will provide a positive and delightful experience to our future customers.”

The Pacifica Hybrid is surely one of the most anticipated plug-ins this/next year. It’s really the first large-size plug-in offering with decent electric range and a relatively affordable price, at least in the U.S. that is.

Press blast below:

Windsor Assembly Plant Launches Production of Industry’s First-ever Hybrid Minivan

All-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, industry’s first electrified minivan, rolled off the line on Dec. 1, 2016

Windsor plant brings 33 years of minivan production expertise to this class-exclusive vehicle

Pacifica Hybrid launch expands segment leadership for FCA US

Vehicle earns EPA rating of 84 miles-per-gallon-equivalent (MPGe), 33 miles of all-electric range and 566 miles of total range

Company invested $744 million USD (over $1 billion CAD*) to upgrade Windsor plant

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

December 2, 2016 , Windsor, Ontario – The industry’s first-ever electrified minivan, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, rolled off the line at the FCA US Windsor Assembly Plant (Ont.) on Dec. 1, further expanding the Company’s leadership in the segment.

The launch of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid marks another milestone for the Windsor plant as it is the first electric vehicle to be built on its assembly line.

“The nearly 5,900 employees at Windsor Assembly are bringing more than 33 years of minivan production knowledge and expertise to the launch of the Pacifica Hybrid,” said Brian Harlow, Head of Manufacturing, FCA – North America. “They understand, now more than ever, how critical it is for our manufacturing processes to be directly connected to our diverse and expanding customer base.

“Building the Dodge Grand Caravan, the Chrysler Pacifica with the traditional gas powertrain and now the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid on the same assembly line requires the expanded application of World Class Manufacturing methods and tools to ensure we deliver world class quality in every vehicle we make,” said Harlow. “The Windsor team is proud to build the industry’s first hybrid minivan, and is confident that it will provide a positive and delightful experience to our future customers.”

Since launching the first minivan in 1983, the Windsor plant has built 10 million of the more than 14.3 million vehicles that have been sold to date.

While the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica reinvented the minivan segment, the Pacifica Hybrid builds on its functionality, versatility, technology and bold styling with the addition of electrification technology, making it the most fuel-efficient minivan ever for hauling people and cargo.

The value in electrifying a vehicle of this size and class is obvious (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

The value in electrifying a vehicle of this size and class is obvious (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

The hybrid version of the sixth-generation family hauler will deliver a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved range of 33 miles solely on zero-emissions electric power from a 16-kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery. The Pacifica Hybrid also earned a fuel-economy rating of 84 miles-per-gallon-equivalent (MPGe) from the EPA, reflecting the vehicle’s combined city- and highway-cycle performance in electric-mode only, as tested.

“Minivan drivers travel an average of around 30 miles each day, meaning that most Pacifica Hybrid owners will be able to complete their daily activities solely on electric power,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands, Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat, FCA – North America. “For those longer weekend trips, the 33-mile all-electric range combined with a full tank of fuel will deliver an expected total range of 566 miles, alleviating the potential of any range anxiety.”

The battery pack – neatly packaged under the second-row floor in a unique battery case to retain maximum interior volume for both passengers and cargo – may be fully recharged in as little as two hours using a 240-volt plug-in system.

As the original creator of the minivan more than 33 years ago, FCA US has transformed the segment with firsts – notching 78 innovations through the first five minivan generations. With the introduction of the all-new Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid, FCA US adds 37 minivan firsts to its portfolio for an unprecedented total of 115 innovations in the segment, including the industry’s first minivan available as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

Pacifica's 16 kWh battery (via LG Chem)

Pacifica’s 16 kWh battery (via LG Chem)

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid models feature a unique front grille pattern and wheel design, as well as distinctive badging and an exclusive Silver Teal Pearl Coat paint, differentiating it from the rest of the Pacifica lineup.

FCA US invested $2.6 billion USD to develop the Pacifica, including its hybrid counterpart, with $744 million USD (over $1 billion CAD*) allocated to the plant to add floor space, retool and upgrade equipment.

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid pricing starts at $34,495 with available U.S. federal tax credit, not including state and local incentives, and will begin arriving in dealerships over the next several months.

* Based on currency exchange rate of 1.37% as of December 2015

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40 responses to "Production Now Underway On 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid"

  1. Alan says:

    Any news on the gas only range ?

    1. Mikael says:

      Does it matter? But if you’re interested the number is 566 miles of total range. So 533 miles of gas only range.

      1. Alan says:

        It only matters to people are interested in how economical the vehicle reallly is, these MPGe numbers are meaningless, they don’t actually equate to anything realistic.

        I suppose if you are only paying $2 + for a gallon of fuel, you are not that bothered about the economy or the environment ?

        1. Mikael says:

          Well, the range doesn’t really tell us much nor is important.
          So you were really asking for the MPG. That is of course important and something that should be regulated too (both to be in the info and to be forced to manage a minimum MPG).

        2. speculawyer says:

          Wrong. The MPGe numbers show how much more efficient electric motors are than gasoline cars. This is an important statistic to bang into the thick head of consumers.

          1. Sopfu says:

            MPGe is just a number. At $0.10/kwh, it’ll cost $1.60 to “fill up” the battery and go 33 miles. At $2/gal of gasoline, the difference in cost/distance is almost meaningless. On the other hand, I hate turning my car on for short trips. And the driving experience of an EV is unmatched by any engine. I hate to admit that the cost difference between the two energy sources is not bigger than it is at the moment.

    2. SJC says:

      It is about 30 mpg combined.

      1. Rob Stark says:

        32 MPG on Gasoline Combined.

        Better than a 2017 Honda Accord I4 w/CVT.

        http://www.autoblog.com/2016/12/02/2017-chrysler-pacifica-hybrid-first-drive-review/

        1. SJC says:

          The $43,000 becomes $33,000 with state and federal tax credits in California. Not bad for a 32 mpg people mover.

    3. Rich says:

      @Alan,
      I was wondering the same thing. I found this on Chrysler’s site for the Pacifica plug-in.
      “Based on manufacturer estimated 30-mile EV range, 31 combined city/highway mpg and 16.4-gallon fuel tank. Actual mileage may vary.”

      If 31 mpg combined is the real number, IMO that’s really good considering the size of the vehicle. However, I wouldn’t believe this mpg number until the average of all actual customers shows this to be true. Unfortunately, the EPA mpg advertised by automakers and what people actually get can be a world apart.

      1. Alan says:

        My Outlander PHEV is rated 148 MPGe !

        I am probably the most conservative driver you could meet and make full use of coasting and paddle regeneration and lightfootedness and simply can’t better 70mpg after electricity costs, about 80 + percent of my mileage is all electric.

        It works out at 103 mpge on electric (due to high cost of fuel) and around 40mpg on petrol (gas).

        I would like to meet this person who can get 148 mpge out of this !

        In real terms, the vast majority would be lucky to get even close to half the stated range economy.

        1. alohart says:

          Are you quoting Imperial Gallons?

  2. leafowner says:

    But it is a Chrysler………..Fiat / Chrysler may be gone in 10 years……..

    1. Gsned57 says:

      I said the same thing as Chrysler was going bankrupt in 2009 but took my chances on a cash for clunkers incentivized 2009 grand caravan. In the end I got new grand caravan at about half the price of a comparable sienna or odyssey.

      My 09 now has 100,000 miles and has been a great car and I could see putting another 100,000 on it. We just had our 4th kid and I will be looking to replace my 05 Prius with something with a plug. Right now the plug in Pacifica looks to fit the bill.

      1. Mark V says:

        We bought a 14 Grand Caravan, barebones base model except added 3rd row climate and roof racks, got it for 19k cdn brand new… Its been a great people/cargo hauler for 2.5 years now with no issues. Yes the Honda Odyssey drove like a dream in comparison, but it was double the price.

  3. cmg186 says:

    Any word on the Ontario release specifically? (Maybe Jay would know?) The dealership here said they weren’t expecting one until August, potentially even as a 2018 model. I thought they were nuts, until reading this ‘several month rollout’ news.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      …according to FCA Canada spokeswoman Lou Ann Gosselin they start to arrive in Ontario in a limited way by January, full volume/penetration thereafter in 2017.

      Can’t speak to your specific dealer though, I am not privy to how they are being allotted or rolled out regionally.

      I will say that dealers worst nightmare are “just announced, but not received” new cars…many times they don’t come in on time, and/or there is “pad” in the system before they do, as one never know if there will be a hiccup in retail production, certification or physically getting them to the dealer.

      I’d suggest just sitting on it for a ~month, then revisiting with your dealer…or just keep visiting Autotrader.ca everyday until you see one pop up, (=

      1. cmg186 says:

        Thanks Jay! My skepticism from the dealer was based largely on his follow-up; the dreaded “how about you come in for a test drive of the regular Pacifica?”. LOL

        I’ll check back in a month, thanks for the help.

      2. Delta says:

        What is the Canadian Price?

        If it under 50K Canadian – minus the 14K Ontario incentive – will be a tremendous value for a loaded Minivan.

        It is my next minivan… I have owned 3 Dodge Caravans and I want this one. I will save 250 dollars a month in gas cost easily over my 2016 Dodge Caravan which gets about 20 MPG. I will be down to a couple of gallons a month – instead of 60 gallons a month.

        This is a real game changer because this vehicle is a new segment for EV’s and it will force other car manufacturers to respond.

        I am sure that Chrysler will be the first to make a plug-in pickup and plugin Jeep.

        1. Jay Cole says:

          Unfortunately, no Canadian deals as we see with most plug-ins). Chrsyler has priced it straight exchange rate from the US…so $56,495 CAD.

          As you say it gets the full 14k in Ontario, so its priced right in that provice – effective ~$42,495 (less than the petrol’s starting price of $43,995 – no base trim as found int he US), but plus taxes on full MSRP. If you are a little aggressive (or have a discount connection), it’ll lease out at around $450-$470 +tax.

          I will say, if your are price conscious, Chrysler is notorious for historically price dumping/clearing out minivans in Ontario, and the Pacifica has been priced to ultimately discount (throughout the lineup)…so if you wait, you will be able to pick up one of these a lot cheaper in a year or so.

          sidenote: as an example of this, Chrysler is sells a “Grand Caravan Canadian Value Package” with a normal retail value of ~29k for $20,999 (which is ~$15,790 in USD – ie ridiculously cheap), leases from @$234/month ($174 USD) month with $2800 ($2100USD) down

  4. Assaf says:

    Wow. 33 miles EPA? That’s decent – almost what the Volt was initially rolled out with.

    Now let’s see quantities and dealership engagement.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Yes indeed!

      Actually I’m shocked to find that the first PHEV minivan has an all-electric range this high. Almost as high as the Volt’s EPA range rating in its first year! This is a very long step in the right direction, and much better than I was expecting in a “car” this large.
      🙂 🙂 🙂

      Go Chrysler!

  5. mmezo says:

    “the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, the industry’s first-ever electrified minivan.”

    What about the nissan eNV200?

    I know it’s smaller and not on sale in the USA, but I’d say it’s an electric minivan that’s been available for 2 years.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      It could be confused for sure.

      Traditionally, the term minivan in the US is in relation to riding on a “full-size” underpinnings – build primarily for passenger use.

      The e-NV200 is certainly a van-ish (although classed as a light commercial vehicle), but as such it has its roots as a commercial combi/passenger car, that rides on Nissan’s B Platform (technically a stretched B0 platform) of which the LEAF also resides – classed as a mid-size.

      So I would say Chrysler is accurate in saying they have the first electrified minivan in the classic sense (of which they are the pioneer), while Nissan could also say they were first with an electrified “van” of sorts.

      1. Mikael says:

        There are a number of models in China and some more in Europe that would cover anything that Chrysler would consider the “first”.

        It seems to be a trend to call something “the first” that has been done long ago.

        Thankfully it’s not you but Chrysler that calls it that inaccurately.

        1. Jay Cole says:

          Hey Mikael,

          I agree that it is certainly a “gray area”, but given what the Pacifica offers…we won’t call them out on it, (=

      2. Mike I. says:

        The Ford Transit Connect Electric would also fall into that category with the e-NV200, which it beat to market, albeit in limited quantities.

    2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      mmezo asks:

      “What about the nissan eNV200?”

      Wikipedia says “The Nissan NV200 is a light commercial vehicle…”

      The eNV200 is primarily intended as a delivery van, while a minivan such as the Chrysler Pacifica PHEV is intended for use as a passenger vehicle.

      They may look similar on the outside, but the market segment they’re aimed at is quite different.

  6. speculawyer says:

    “electric power from a 16-kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery”

    FINALLY! Another PHEV maker that optimized on the 16KWH number that gets the maximum tax-credit. I’ve been disgusted by all the PHEVs with less than 16KWH.

    1. BenG says:

      There’s a trade-off in space, cost and operating efficiency using gasoline that explains why Toyota went with the 8.8 kwh pack in the Prius Prime.

      Sure if you were designing a plug-in hybrid from the ground up you’d aim for 16+kwh to take advantage of the credit and extended range, but I think the Prime is a pretty good compromise vehicle too offered at a very affordable price.

      1. speculawyer says:

        There is only a trade-off if they are retrofitting their ICE model (Ford) or conventional hybrid model (Toyota).

        If they design as PHEV from the ground up, it is east to stick 16KWH in there. The Volt is very small and they have no problem doing it.

  7. speculawyer says:

    I hope Chrysler is able to sell many tens of thousands of this in order to prove Sergio wrong!

    1. Billy Roberts says:

      From the Unifor web site “What I was told is quality needs to be controlled right now. We still building crap cars. But also sales are very dismal right now. Sales generally slow during this season but never in my 20 plus years have we shift smoothed before Xmas. Is too bad in my opinion fca seemed to have priced the vehicle out of the market. There is no denying it. Look at our history, as one does not need to listen to or make up rumors.” There is still a lot of work needed to bring the quality to a better level

  8. And for their next act, in 2020, they could both upgrade the battery capacity in the current space to 24-32 kWh, and offer a ‘Dual Battery’ option, using the third row space, forgoing all ‘Stow & Go seating, and deliver a range in EV Mode, from 45-60 Miles, to as much as 90-120 Miles! (And…include DC Quick Charging!)

    Imagine 99%-99.9% Local driving in EV Mode, and if they have selectable ‘Hold Mode’ – you could drive in EV mode out of Town, switch to hold mode, drive to destination city, and go back to EV mode as you head into town, 500+ miles away!

    It would be cute, if they added a DC – AC inverter accessory or option, after adding DC QC, to use the car to power the house, shop, or work site, too!

  9. Dan says:

    Chrysler had this on display at the LA Auto Show. It was awesome.

    Does anyone know if this will be available in all 50 states or just the ZEV states?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      It is a nationwide offering for right out of the gate for the 2017 model year

  10. Bill Howland says:

    I never thought I’d catch myself saying this about Fiat-Chrysler, but as the Roadtest by A/V has shown, FCA has really hit this one ‘out of the park’ and brings to mind the superb Chrysler Engineering of Decades ago, such as the TorqueFlight transmission and the Jet-engined GHIA bodied 1963 Chrysler Turbine.

    Apparently a Planetary gearset was carefully applied to give this vehicle smooth driving under all modes, and also very efficient driving while in electric mode. 33 mile range is absolutely FANTASTIC for such a HUGE family mover – something which large families have been asking for, for half a decade. No dinky econobox here – this is the vehicle large families need. Pluses are plenty of power (for those with lead feet), and a super quick charger (30+ amps, 2 hour recharge) – good to grab many extra miles while at a public docking station (since it will fully utilize whats available at the L2 stations in the States), and it will quickly add miles if plugged in after work at home before going out for the evening.

    There is no other vehicle remotely like it for the price, and it should sell like gangbusters once the price of gasoline goes back up.

  11. Jeff Christie says:

    How much can it tow?

    1. EEStorFanFibb says:

      I had the same question and googled around.

      It appears the regular pacifica can tow 3500 lbs but the hybrid has a tow rating of “NONE”… I guess that means it’s not built for towing… sadly.

      Kinda a deal breaker for me.

      1. darrell says:

        why no tow?…it still has a engine….cant they just have a tow select switch…deal breaker for me to

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