Chrysler took a major risk, renaming its Town and Country minivan the Pacifica, unveiling the new vehicle at the Detroit auto show. Less risky was releasing it with an optional hybrid drivetrain.

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The hybrid version of the Pacifica gets a unique, flowing grille to accentuate its gasoline-electric drivetrain.

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Chrysler released limited details, but noted this plug-in hybrid gets a 16 kilowatt-hour battery pack that can get it 30 miles of range under electric drive.

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Like those of its predecessor, the rear side doors slide open.

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The large rear glass should help visibility, unless it gets obscured by kids and cargo.

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Chrysler's Stow 'n Go rear seats fold flat into the floor, and an integrated vacuum is available.

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This high-trim model shows a leather-covered dashboard and navigation.

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Middle row captain's chairs and rear seat entertainment make for an executive ride.

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This gauge cluster is specifically designed for the hybrid Pacifica.

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Chrysler does away with any notion of a shifter, using a dial for the drive selector.

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