Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – FCA, made automotive history today at the North American International Auto Show, debuting the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. The two new minivans represent a giant evolutionary step forward in a market Chrysler created more than three decades ago and has dominated ever since.
“In 1984 Chrysler invented the minivan segment. The vehicle arrived and immediately addressed one of the biggest unfulfilled needs in the industry,” said Kuniskis. “It was all business with some woodgrain slapped on the side for good measure.”
Demand for the safe, efficient and versatile vehicles with seating for seven went through the roof. Consumers and industry experts alike have recognized Chrysler’s dedication to innovation in the form of more than 14 million vehicles sold and more than 120 industry accolades which include multiple J.D. Power Initial Quality Awards, a better IQS Score than Honda or Toyota for three years running and the IHS Award for Owner Loyalty for the last 14 consecutive years.
According to Kuniskis, that track record of innovation and execution led Chrysler to change the game all over again. “We owed our customers, and the people who’ve never owned a Chrysler product, something designed for their evolving tastes and expectations. Clearly it was time to re-invent the minivan. In the last 30 years, we have launched 78 ‘minivan firsts.’ Today, with our 2017 introduction, we’re adding 37 new innovations* to that list. This is more than the all-new Chrysler Minivan, this is the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.”
Chrysler developed the all-new Pacifica from scratch, basing the entire vehicle around a unique new architecture to provide the most technologically advanced minivan in its class*. The vehicle delivers an unprecedented level of functionality, versatility, convenience and performance. “Of course passenger safety is essential to every minivan buyer,” said Kuniskis, and the all-new Pacifica is leading the way offering more than 100 standard and available safety and security features. Combine that with available seating for eight, the most advanced entertainment system in its class* and the exclusive Stow ’n Go® seating and storage system*, and if that doesn’t get you excited about buying a people mover, Kuniskis also introduced another Chrysler first. “What we did 30 years ago was something that nobody saw coming. Today, with the Pacifica, it’s time for a vehicle you didn’t hear coming. Today we give you the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, the world’s first, the world’s only, 80-MPGe** hybrid minivan.”
With a projected combined gas and electric range of 530 miles**, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid raises the bar for efficiency. The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica will hit showrooms this spring, with the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid following later in the year.
*Based on the latest available competitive information and the FCA US LLC Premium Minivan segment.
**Based on manufacturer’s estimated 30-mile EV range and 31-combined city/highway MPG with a 16.4-gallon gas tank. Actual mileage may vary.