Chrysler has announced the long-anticipated pricing for its new plug-in minivan – the (poorly named) Pacifica Hybrid, and pricing is unexpectedly sharp, which should translate into some decent demand for the plug-in.
The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid starts 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.
A second trim level – Platinum adds a swiss-army knife of new minivan options and starts from $44,995.
Starting Pacifica Hybrid pricing puts it in line with the top petrol trim level – the Limited (from $42,495), but when accounting for the tax credit puts the plug-in equal to the mid-grade Touring L ($34,495), and just $5,900 more than the base stripped down LX.
As for what the Pacifica Hybrid can do, the van has an estimated 30 miles of all-electric range (530 miles total range). Chrysler also puts an estimate of 80 MPGe for city driving on the Pacifica, we assume its ‘van-like’ features at speed mean it will ultimately have one of the lowest highway MPGe figures out there for PHEVs when the final numbers are available.
We should note that while the Pacifica can operate in EV mode up to around 70 mph, there is no specific “EV mode”, meaning the van chooses whether or not you are driving on the battery or the petrol engine. With that said, if you have usable energy remaining in the battery it is very likely you will be running all-electric…this isn’t the last generation Prius Plug-In (see video review below as an example).
“Not only does the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid offer the segment’s only hybrid powertrain, it also offers many of the same features offered by the gasoline-powered Pacifica, including tri-pane panoramic sunroof, 10-inch seatback touchscreens, ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist, 360-degree Surround View camera, ventilated seats, rotary e-shifter, capless fuel filler, handsfree sliding doors and liftgate and KeySense programmable key fob.”
Also of note: The Pacifica Hybrid has also been priced in Canada from $56,495 ($41,900 USD), and is eligible for $14,000 worth or rebates in Ontario, for and effective price (+taxes/dst) of $42,494 ($31,500 USD), and just over $48,000 in the provinces of British Columbia and Quebec
The 16 kWh battery and other electrification components add about 650lbs to the package, while the battery itself is stored under the 2nd row seats.
The battery housing in the floor also means that if you just have to have the “Stow N Go” package in the 2nd row, this Hybrid isn’t for you as that feature is not available. The third rows “Stow N Go” feature is unaffected.
Chrysler says that production starts later this year, and the Pacifica Hybrid will arrive on dealer lots in early 2017.
Further to that news, we can report/confirm that FCA’s Windsor, Ontario assembly facility actually begins that production in about 2 weeks time, on Monday, November 28th.
Fortunately, first drive reviews are already coming in, and from what we can tell Alex on Autos (video below) has once again done the best job covering Chrysler’s upcoming plug-in.
Chrysler’s Press Release on the two Pacifica Hybrid trim levels below:
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Premium
The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Premium offers the key comfort, convenience and safety features minivan customers want, including perforated leather seats, heated first-row seats, remote start with cabin pre-conditioning, three-zone automatic temperature control, projector headlamps, fog lamps, chrome trim accents and power liftgate. The Pacifica Hybrid Premium also features the SafetyTec Group as standard, which includes ParkSense rear park assist with stop, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection.
Other standard features include Active Noise Cancellation, LED signature lighting, six-speaker audio system, SiriusXM satellite radio with 1-year trial, 17-inch aluminum wheels, ParkView rear backup camera and passive entry on all doors.
The Pacifica Hybrid Premium also includes as standard a 7-inch full color driver information display (DID), unique to the Pacifica Hybrid models. The customizable cluster’s display changes color to indicate whether the Pacifica Hybrid is operating in electric mode (teal) or hybrid mode (blue), while both the battery level and fuel level are always displayed. One of the available cluster displays is the “efficiency coach,” which guides owners to drive more efficiently and maximize the time spent in battery mode.
Also standard on the Pacifica Hybrid Premium is the Uconnect 8.4 system, which includes an 8.4-inch touchscreen, available Uconnect Navigation and Uconnect Access connected services. The Pacifica Hybrid also includes the all-new Hybrid Electric Pages, providing owners with helpful vehicle information, including access to the vehicle’s charging schedule and a summary of miles driven in both electric and hybrid modes.
The all-new Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Premium has a starting U.S. MSRP of $41,995 (plus $1,095 destination).
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Platinum
The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Platinum builds on the Premium model, adding Nappa leather seats, ventilated first-row seats, heated two-tone steering wheel, 13-speaker Alpine premium sound system, 3-D navigation, handsfree sliding doors and liftgate and 18-inch aluminum wheels.
Packed with content inside and out, the Pacifica Hybrid Platinum also includes the best-in-class Uconnect Theater rear seat entertainment system and KeySense programmable key fob to promote safe driving habits.
Additional safety content includes the Advanced SafetyTec Group with advanced brake assist, Forward Collison Warning-Plus, rain-sensitive windshield wipers, auto high-beam headlamp control, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Hold, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus, 360-degree Surround View camera, ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist, and ParkSense front park assist and rear park assist with stop.
The available tri-pane panoramic sunroof adds to the feeling of spaciousness with a dual-pane panoramic sunroof over the front- and second-row seats and a fixed glass pane over the third row.
The all-new Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Platinum has a U.S. MSRP of $44,995 (plus $1,095 destination).