Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid At The 2016 NAIAS – Photos & Videos

JAN 15 2016 BY MARK KANE 38

This IS Your Mom's Plug-In: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

This IS Your Mom’s Plug-In…But You Know You Would Drive It Too! (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

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

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

The plug-in hybrid minivan, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid was unveiled at the 2016 NAIAS, will be the second plug-in car from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles after the Fiat 500e.

Pacifica Hybrid is equipped with a 16 kWh battery pack and is expected to have range of around 30 miles.

16 kWh enables it to get the full $7,500 tax credit.

FCA didn’t forget to add 2-hour charging capability, which beats most plug-in hybrids.

Plug-in hybird Pacifica is expected in mid-2016.

Here we have more photos and videos from the stage:

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Nets 80 MPGe (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Nets 80 MPGe (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Chrsyler Pacifica Hybrid

Chrsyler Pacifica Hybrid

Chrylser Pacifica Hybrid (InsideEVs/Tom Mouloughney)

Chyslser Pacifica Interior (InsideEVs/Tom Mouloughney)

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

A Look In The Back Of The Pacifica! An EV That Seats 7 comfortably with cargo to spare?  Say It Is So! (Click to Enlarge – InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

General videos:

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited – Exterior and Interior Walkaround – Debut at 2016 Detroit Auto Show – AutoMotoTube

The Chrysler Pacifica is Both Luxurious and Functional – NAIAS 2016 – Autoline Network

2017 Chrysler Pacifica – 2016 Detroit Auto Show –

2017 Chrysler Pacifica – First Look –

Chrysler Pacifica Attempts to Redefine Minivans | Consumer Reports

2017 Chrysler Pacifica – 2016 Detroit Auto Show – Kelley Blue Book

2017 Chrysler Pacifica at the 2016 NAIAS Detroit Auto Show – AutomotiveTrends

2017 Chrysler Pacifica – Redline: First Look – 2016 Detroit Auto Show – Redline Reviews

From Fiat Chrysler Automobiles:

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Highlights with Bruce Velisek

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Engineering Feature with Jessica LaFond

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Design with Winnie Cheung and Brand Faurote

2017 Chrysler Pacifica: NAIAS 2016 Minivan Reveal Highlights

2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Running Footage

Tim Kuniskis Discusses 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

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38 Comments on "Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid At The 2016 NAIAS – Photos & Videos"

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Seriously, I think that I want two. For sure replace my Honda Odyssey with a Pacifica Hybrid. Maybe replace my Volt too?

Joshua Burstyn

It does look nice but it is a Chrysler. Think carefully. 🙂

Lou Grinzo

I strongly agree with your note of caution.

I’ve owned 4 Chrysler products over the years (2 cars, 2 minivans), and I will never own another unless I win it in a contest. And even then, I’ll only own it until I can sell it.

Robb Stark

The Chrysler Town & Country received average reliability ratings from both Consumer Reports and JD Power.

Implied you have had horrible reliability with 4 Chrysler vehicles but you kept buying?

My parents ’93 Voyager was very reliable til 150k miles the AC died and about 175k the rear tail gate struts would not stay open.


another hack with crap credit


True, but the same could be said about the Volt.

Most reviews and articles I’ve seen have said the Volt is really well built and reliable. I’ve also heard anecdotal evidence from other drivers who said they would have never considered a GM car before the Volt.

It could be possible that Chrysler is able to do with the Pacifica what GM did with the Volt; build a solid, reliable, safe, and well performing minivan that defies the typical problems that the rest of their cars suffer.

We shall see. For my part, I’ll be waiting a few years anyway, to see what types of multi-passenger vehicles come out (minivan, CUV, SUV). Also of interest to me is whether or not Tesla will have a Model Y soon after a Model III.


GM would probably have sold 3 times more Volts had they not burned so many consumers in the past. Too bad because I hear the Volt is really a great car.


I agree. Also, if the Volt carried the Toyota or Honda brand name, it would likely also sell 2 or 3 times better than it has.

I haven’t owned a GM car in over decade (and even that was a hand-me-down) but I am seriously considering a Volt to replace my Prius.


It appeared intelligent, but then again it is a Burstyn. Think carefully (oops not possible)


replace the Volt??!!! Come on now!

its a decent looking minivan but its still a minivan!


“2hr” charging is great, for the shorter, more frequent trips these vehicles see. Also great because of so many more public chargers.


“2hr” meaning ~7kw


this is also huge to me since most of the charging stations around me require to pay per hour. This means that I will be getting the most bang for my buck rather than my slow charging Volt.


It’s unlikely that you will find many public L2 stations that will be able to charge at the fastest speed.


that is true, but not was I was referring to. The public stations are usually 6.6 KW but my 2011 Volt only charges at 3.3 KW. I am paying twice as much for the same number of electrons.

Bill Howland

Around here in Buffalo, NY a minority of public docking stations will run a Pacifica or Bolt at the full 7.2 kw rate (and my VOLT and ELR @ 3.3 kw).

Depending on whether Chrysler allows 30 or 32 amps, some will do 6.4 kw, otherwise, most around 6-6.2 kw, but its a lot better than 2.9-3.0 on my VOLT and ELR.

David S.

I read that the hybrid version has seven seats. Can you confirm?


7 seats confirmed on the Hybrid. Additionally no stow & go on second row.


In response to a question above about the 7 seats, according to a few reports, it will have a removable 8th seat that fits between the 2 middle row seats (Like I believe recent Sienna’s and Odyssey’s have).

David S.

Chrysler’s website ( says the 8th seat is only available on the non-hybrid. I hope its because the seats on the hybrid are bigger and more comfortable (since they don’t have to fold)


This vehicle has caught my attention even more than the VW Tiguan GTE concept. I’m not a great big minivan fan, but the appeal of this is hard to beat!

I won’t be running out to get one at the end of 2016, but I will be following this to see how well built it is and if it’s quality “befits” a Chrysler or “transcends” a Chrysler.


I am with you, first wait to see the quality. And second maybe somebody will come out with a CUV.


I’m sold. I got a 2010 Grand Caravan when they were going out of business and Cash for Clunkers helped me. I was very leery of it because it was a Chrysler but I’ve been pretty pleased. there were a few minor things but all said and done the only real issue out of warranty was how often I have to change the brakes (probably a lot of that has to do with the way i drive).

My current Minivan has 86K miles on it and it cost about 60% what the equivelent oddesy/sienna would have cost back then. The resale on these is HORRIBLE so I’m hoping to pick up a used one with 30,000 miles in 2019 and save myself some cash.

It seems resale on the Volt is a good deal better than the leaf/i-miev so maybe this will hold better.

I’d love to see the camper conversion market take this and run with it. Pull that sunroof glass out and you have easy access to the poptop 🙂


They might find themselves in a similar situation to Nissan, needing to offer awesome lease deals in order to allay resale-value concerns and general fears about reliability etc.

This might be a vehicle we’ll consider, but surely only on lease. The first EV we’ll buy outright will almost certainly be a >150 mile BEV.


The weight and V6 may keep the van from getting great mileage. Honda had an Accord V6 hybrid years ago that only got a few more miles per gallon, that did not sell well.


I runs an Atkinson cycle. That should help.


Chrysler has a poor track record, they were going to do a hybrid Durango in 2005, never happened.

Ocean Railroader

I think all the 30 mile range plug in hybrids are going to be the first victims to drown when the 200 mile range EV’s start flooding the market.


Not seeing any 200 mile 7 seaters on the cheap anywhere … Bolt will not be bought instead of this.


+1, this Pacifica serves a different purpose than the upcoming 200 mile BEVs.

Also, I doubt that all the people that use Minivans and 7 passenger SUV’s for family road trips are going to be eager to replace those with BEV’s limited to a 200 mile range, especially if the time to recharge to 80% isn’t considerably improved as well. I think they would be more open minded to replacing them with something like this.

Bill Howland

It *IS* nice to see a decently – sized family hauler that can go the first 30 miles plugging in.

And if you’re out and about, the wife can plug in at the shopping center and get an additional 13-15 miles range per hour of shopping, thereby even making more electrified trips.


She’ll forget to plug it in


Just to change a lightbulb, my wife likes to say “That’s man’s job”, so I can see pluging it in might be a challenge. 😉

Chris B

Honestly, THIS vehicle is probably the biggest new EV announcement. I mean, 30 miles of range is really strong amount in a practical family vehicle and could easily put a lot of folks at 60% of their driving in electric w/o compromises.

The problem: IT’S A MINIVAN! No matter how awesome, practical, etc. it is, folks just have a hard time getting excited about it. If this were a mid-sized SUV – which are generally infinitely less practical than vans – launching with these specs you would see a ton of comments on this, but nope, it’s a “van”.

Full disclosure: I had a leased Volt, love muscle cars, am considering a CPO Tesla, Bolt or gen 2 Volt as my next EV AND we still own our 2016 Honda Odyssey!


A lot of people ARE excited by this. Mostly not the type that loves muscle cars but I’m seeing real excitement among those I’ve discussed this with. I think we’re both projecting our own personal views a bit, though.

30 miles of range would put either me or my spouse at over 90% electric drive.

Many here are saying “never Chrysler” but honestly, that’s how I’ve felt about Honda for a while.

I think the wealth of information provided is suppressing comments as there isn’t that much left to speculate about.

Jake Brake

That reporter from KBB was terrible, they should ask for their money back.


hella good coverage Tom, Thanks!


Please keep this for USA sales only and do not export to the rest of the world.