The Chrysler Pacifica is more than just a freshened-up Town & Country (pictures)
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica marks the end of an era, as Chrysler retires the Town & Country badge.
This has nothing in common with the Pacifica crossover that Chrysler sold several years ago.
Chrysler stressed the "vault-like" interior hush of its new Pacifica, owing some of that to a standard active noise-cancellation system.
The sliding doors come with an available hands-free system that opens them after you put a foot underneath the door.
The Pacifica's styling owes much to the Chrysler 200, including most of its front fascia.
This "Silver Teal" paint is exclusive to the plug-in hybrid variant, oh-so-aptly called the Pacifica Hybrid.
The Pacifica Hybrid will pack a 16kWh, lithium ion battery mated to a conventional internal-combustion engine.
Chrysler claims the Pacifica Hybrid will be able to travel up to 30 miles on electricity alone, and that it should achieve 80 MPGe once the EPA tests it.
Non-hybrid Pacificas will make do with a 3.6-liter, naturally-aspirated, six-cylinder engine mated to a nine-speed automatic.
It appears that the Pacifica will be front-wheel-drive only.
The Pacifica offers a wide variety of active safety features, including forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure mitigation, blind-spot monitoring and an adaptive cruise control that can bring the car to a full stop without assistance.
Other safety-related equipment includes a backup camera, rear parking sensors, and active parallel-and-perpendicular parking assist.
The Pacifica's key fob can be programmed with hard limits on speed and audio volume for teen drivers. It will also remove the ability to disable any active safety systems.
The minivan's sliding-door tracks are tucked under the rear glass to prevent the unsightly gashes from being displayed prominently.
The Pacifica will also pack a surround-view camera system that lets the driver see the van's immediate surroundings on the infotainment display screen.
The Pacifica can be purchased with seating for either seven or eight individuals.
Chrysler has not yet mentioned any pricing information.
The gas-powered Pacifica goes on sale this spring, with the hybrid variant to follow later in the year.
There is no word on market availability, but it's highly unlikely that the Pacifica will be sold anywhere but the US.
The Pacifica's interior owes much to the 200, as well. The steering wheel, gauge cluster and rotary shift knob (or very similar parts thereto) are also on Chrysler's midsize sedan.
Buyers can opt for a panoramic moonroof up front, with an additional, standard-size unit for third-row passengers.
There's a massive screen between the gauges, displaying pertinent information for the driver.
The Pacifica will also pack Chrysler's latest iteration of its Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system, which should include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone-connectivity capability.
Chrysler's positively wonderful Stow 'n Go seating returns, as well, which allows owners to fold both the second and third row flat into the floor.
As if you didn't know that you could shove a ton of stuff into a minivan without any seats.