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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.

 

The idea that a minivan can be cool is lost on a lot of people. Back in the day, not too long ago, minivans were only driven by soccer moms or people who bought them second-hand and had no choice. My have times changed as most manufacturers make minivans that can off-road, zip in and out of traffic and provide camping opportunities. While most minivan drivers would love zipping up and down a mountain road in a sports car, they aren’t so bad, and Chrysler Pacifica is proof of that.

First and foremost, the thing that gives most minivans a bad name is power, and Chrysler knows that. With the famous and very well-liked Pentastar V-6 engine, you can get places quickly. Don’t just take our word for it as the engine was on the Ward’s 10 best list three times. It is a redesigned 3.6 liter V-6 with two-step variable-valve lift. Combined with innovative engine-weight reductions that give it even more power and efficiency, and we can see why the Pentastar brand was a good choice. With a nine-speed auto transmission, which is the first ever to be in a minivan, drivers can enjoy smooth shifting. While you aren’t going to win at the track with a Chrysler Pacifica, you will get great speed, and a combined 28 MPG. To see how times have changed and how great a Pacifica is, test drive one at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

Back in the day, people used to lift up their hoods to show off their cars. My times have changed, and while people love power, many of us now care more about tech, and the Pacifica has you covered. With Uconnect Access, you will get a variety of cool futures such as vehicle finder, which allows you, at the touch of a button, to view maps, and with this, you can get where you need to go. If you have kids who are distracting you, or if you are just someone who is forgetful, you will love the remote lock, unlock and start. By using this, you can remotely lock or unlock your doors from anywhere, provided you have your smartphone nearby. Nothing is cooler than having a roaming Wi-Fi hotspot, and vehicle owners can set the in-demand service up for a day, or much longer if they choose. There is more as you can have Sirius radio coverage so you can listen to what you want, when you want and from where you want.

Nothing used to scream boring like a boxy minivan that was unaggressive. But, with a long wheelbase and low ground clearance, along with a wide track, the Chrysler Pacifica is planted firmly to the ground, and the setup highlights the style. The wind-swept profile is not a facade as it is more aerodynamic than any other version the company has produced.

It is not often someone calls a minivan cool, but if you look inside, check out the tech, look under the hood or see one on the road, you are sure to be impressed as minivans have come a long way.

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Town and Country Successor Ready for Road

Chrysler polled many of the owners of the 6 million minivans the company still has on the road before creating the new Pacifica minivan. As the successor to the flagship Town and Country, the Chrysler Pacifica has some very big shoes to fill. The good news is that reviewers seem to think the new van is a perfect fit. “Motor Trend” says the new model, available now at Chapman Chrysler Jeep, has a greater attention to detail than its predecessor. The interior stitching appears to be hand-sewn and panels fit together tightly. While the outside delivers a more sporty appearance than other minivans, the inside has an air of sophistication that might make you forget this is a van built to haul around the neighborhood soccer team.

Gas and Hybrid Models Both Offer Great Efficiency

Whether you choose the V6 gasoline model or the hybrid, you can expect outstanding fuel efficiency from the new Chrysler Pacifica. Using the popular Pentastar V6 engine that appears in everything from Jeeps to Ram trucks, the engineers at Chrysler have fine-tuned the Pacifica to earn 28 mpg on the highway while still delivering class-leading torque and horsepower. Choose the soon-to-be-available hybrid and you’ll get an astounding 80 MPGe.

Pacifica Offers Five Trim Packages

Starting at just a shade more than $28K, the base LX still provides an impressive list of standard features that includes Stow ‘n Go seating, power windows, three zone temperature control, noise cancellation and Bluetooth streaming. The features keep adding on as you move up through the trim packages until you get to the luxury Limited, which has such sophisticated features as a panoramic sunroof, on-board vacuum cleaner, leather trimmed seats and power third-row seat.

Safety Technology Keeps Precious Cargo Safe

As you might expect in this day and age, the Chrysler Pacifica offers an outstanding package of driver assistance technology that will help keep you and your passengers safe. Lane departure warning gives an audible beep if you start to drift without using your turn signals, then gently corrects you back into your lane. Another feature not only warns you of an impending front collision, but applies the brakes if you don’t respond. A 360-degree camera lets you see all around your vehicle to help avoid backing over obstacles, including pedestrians. Experience the luxury and technology of the new Pacifica by taking a drive to Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

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Pacifica Replacing Town and Country

When the all-new Chrysler Pacifica replaces the Town and Country as one of the top dogs in the kingdom of minivans this spring, it will be as a reigning gas mileage champion. The new Pacifica shares the crown at 28 mpg on the highway with the Honda Odyssey, but plans are already in the works to improve on efficiency. When Chrysler adds start/stop technology later this year, expect the mileage to get even better. Check in with Chapman Chrysler Jeep to see when the first Pacificas will appear on the showroom floor.

Revamped Pentastar Engine Has Higher Compression Ratio

The 3.6-liter Pentastar engine has been a real workhorse for the Chrysler and Dodge brands. It appears in everything from Jeeps and Ram trucks to the new Chrysler Pacifica, but the next best thing in minivans benefits from a few engine tweaks. By utilizing a cooled exhaust recirculator to reduce temperatures and boosting the compression ratio, the new Pacifica has a Pentastar engine with more power than normal. Still, the engine runs on regular gas, not premium like some turbocharged engines require. “Such success brings enormous responsibility,” Bob Lee, head of engine engineering for Fiat Chrysler America (FCA) told “AutoNews.” “We focused our efforts on improving efficiency and providing greater customer satisfaction in a package that delivers superior value.”

Look for Hybrid Pacifica This Fall

Keep checking in with Chapman Chrysler Jeep for the announcement on when a new hybrid Chrysler Pacifica will appear. Slated for later this fall, it’s expected to have an all-electric range of 30 miles with an EPA estimate of 80 MPGe. The new Pacifica is also 250 pounds lighter than the latest version of the Town and Country, which adds to its impressive gas mileage total. “What we decided to do was support the structure where it needed to be reinforced and take away weight everywhere we could,” according to FCA chief minivan engineer Jessica laFond. “And then we just went after every ounce. By utilizing a combination of high strength steel, magnesium and aluminum at key locations, the engineers were able to save weight without losing any structural integrity.

New Minivan Five Years in Making

Chrysler has been working on the Pacifica for the past five years, looking to create a new minivan worthy of replacing the popular Town and Country. Along with excellent gas mileage, the Pacifica seats eight and offers features like leather and heated seats, a power liftgate and hands-free sliding doors. A panoramic sunroof and integrated vacuum cleaner help make this a minivan for the next generation.