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Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid Minivan Starts At Just Under $40k


The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid has a starting price of $39,995 and has several new standard and available features. Last year, Chrysler released the first gasoline-electric minivan in the industry. With their all-new plug-in model Pacifica Hybrid which can be recharged externally, Chrysler has created a very innovative vehicle.

The Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid Minivan comes in three trim levels. They are the Hybrid Touring Plus, Hybrid Touring L and Hybrid Limited. All 2018 Pacifica models come with the excellent SafetyTec Group, ParkSense Rear Park Assist with Stop, Rear Cross Path detection and Blind-spot Monitoring, as standard equipment. All models have the improved Uconnect 4 audio systems as well.

The exterior features new body-color mirrors and wheels on the Touring Plus, while the Hybrid Touring L has both a Stow ‘n Place chrome roof rack and bright body-side molding. New colors, Ocean Blue Metallic and Copper Pearl Coat, and dual captain’s chairs replacing the three-person bench in the middle row, have been added for 2018. To check out all the amenities on the Chrysler Pacific Minivan, take one for a spin at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

Another unique feature of the 2018 plug-in hybrid Chrysler Pacifica is it can recharge its on-board battery by connecting to a power source outside the vehicle. In electric vehicle mode, a single charge can power the vehicle for about 35 miles. It gets 35 mpg when powered by its gasoline engine alone. The EPA has rated it at 84 mpg/e in everyday driving when using both electric power and gasoline.

The 2018 hybrid Pacifica has a V-6, 3.6-liter Atkinson-cycle engine that produces 260 horsepower when combined with the electric motor. Using battery power and a tank of gas, the vehicle has a 530 mile range. The electric motor connected to the specially-designed E-Flite electronically variable transmission which powers the front wheels of the Pacifica is surprisingly powerful. It delivers enough torque at startup to quickly get the vehicle moving.

Switching between electric and gasoline happens automatically when additional power for passing or climbing steep hills is needed. The hybrid system automatically chooses the driving mode that’s most efficient. However, the driver can override it.

The hybrid Pacific has several unique features. The instrument panel has hybrid-specific features which help with monitoring driving efficiency and battery power. The instrument panel has a unique seven-inch TFT display. The panoramic sunroof has three panes that lets people in all three seating rows see the sky.

The hybrid model’s fully regenerative braking system helps recharge the battery while slowing the vehicle. A special app downloaded to a smartphone can remotely control the hybrid’s heating and air conditioning and set the battery pack’s charging times when the Pacifica hybrid is using an outside power sources.

Available features on the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in hybrid minivan include heated and ventilated leather front seats, Adaptive Cruise Control, a 360-degree Surround View system and a KeySense programmable key fob which can remotely control some features of the vehicle. There’s also Chrysler’s Uconnect Theater which gives Android phones and tablets wireless streaming capability, an integrated Stow ‘n Vac system and hands-free rear liftgate and sliding doors.

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