New Chrysler Pacifica Breathes Life into Minivan Segment

Fiat Chrysler was one of the trendsetters of the minivan segment back in the segment’s heyday in the 80s and 90s when the brand released the Dodge Caravan in 1984. Now, as the modern SUV and crossover surpass the minivan in popularity, what was once a profitable and popular segment has now become a niche market. Chrysler has plans to take the throne once again, now that the brand is gearing up to release the new Chrysler Pacifica for the 2017 model year.

One of the best things about the new Chrysler Pacifica is the hilarious commercials for it:

The Pacifica is crafted from high-strength steel and aluminum that give the body a reinforced sense of security, strength, and protection, while advanced noise-canceling technology and aerodynamic design reduce wind noise. Additionally, the Pacifica has also dropped 250 pounds, making it both aerodynamic and lighter, which gives the minivan an extra boost in the fuel economy department.

Cutting-edge features like stow-and-go assist seats that vanish under the floor with the press of a button, advanced active safety technology systems, a hands-free rear hatch and sliding doors, ventilated seats, and more also up the convenience of owning a minivan. Space, versatility, and storage are plentiful in the Chrysler Pacifica, as well as the latest phone connectivity services available on the market.

When the new Chrysler Pacifica goes on sale later this year, it will also offer buyers an optional plug-in hybrid drivetrain as well. The old Pacifica had an abysmal 17 mpg fuel rating, but the new minivan is sure to get an additional boost in the efficiency department, and the plug-in hybrid model will add a 16-kWh battery that adds 30 miles of pure electric range