2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (seen here from the LA Auto Show in November) gets surprise all-electric range bump - now 33 miles (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (seen here from the LA Auto Show in November) gets surprise all-electric range bump - now 33 miles (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Chrysler took a bit of a winding road in getting its 33 mile, plug-in extended range Pacifica Hybrid minivan to market after starting production in Windsor, Ontario on November 28th - but the company has indeed begun shipments to dealers this week, as promised earlier by the company.

"As with all launches, but particularly in the case of this technically advanced vehicle, we are taking great care to ensure that the Pacifica Hybrid comes off the line with the highest quality possible. We will only introduce a vehicle when we are fully satisfied the vehicle meets or exceeds customer expectations."

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid nets Some 84 MPGe according to the EPA

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid nets Some 84 MPGe according to the EPA

Fiat spokeswoman Angela Bianchi said the company is giving extra priority to patient customers already in the queue, and is offering a "gesture of goodwill" for the ~2 month delay.

Chrysler Pacific Hybrid - definitely not your average PHEV

Chrysler Pacific Hybrid - definitely not your average PHEV

Specifically, those who had ordered the Pacifica Hybrid (which yes, is a terrible name for a plug-in), have the choice of receiving a $500 gift card, or a free Level 2 charger - so not a bad gesture at all.

One that, in our opinion, is more than adequate considering the wait one normally expects these days on just about any new electric vehicle offering.

As for demand for the electrified minivan in the US, some 700 back-l0gged orders are in Chrysler's system before even the first copy has been made available to be seen at dealers.  A fact that underlines American's want something "non-compact" to plug-in, and that the Pacifica Hybrid will be a popular selling model.

How popular?  We will just have to wait and see.

Detroit Free Press, Hat tip to Jeff D!