All-new 2017 Pacifica arrives this Spring with an all-new platform…and a built in vacuum.

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Back in 2013, Chrysler was rumoured to be building a new and improved version of their successful Town & Country minivan. Now, we get word it’s happening with the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan and Pacifica Hybrid, adding nearly 40 new minivan firsts.

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Chrysler created the once popular (and now somewhat resurging) minivan segment over 30 years ago; the new 2017 Pacifica builds on this experience with an all-new platform for better handling and performance.

Standards and Features

When you’re hauling your family, the more features the merrier. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica will offer more than 100 standard and available safety and security features, including a 360-degree Surround View camera, Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Hold and Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking.

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And what’s a van without amenities for rear passengers; the Pacifica finds an available all-new Uconnect Theatre rear seat entertainment with a 8.4-inch touchscreen display and premium audio system.

Other notable features include a Stow ‘n Vac integrated vacuum, Tri-Pane Panoramic Sunroof,  hands-free sliding doors and liftgate and redesigned Stow ‘n Go seating with Stow ‘n Go Assist and Easy Tilt access to the third row.

2 Powertrain Options

Two powertrains will be available: a 3.6L V6 gasoline engine paired to a 9-speed transmission producing 287-hp, and the segment’s first hybrid delivering an estimated range of 48 kilometres (30 miles) solely on zero-emissions electric power from a 16-kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery. In city driving, it is expected to achieve an efficiency rating of 2.9 gasoline litres equivalent per 100 kilometres (Le/100 km) or 97 Imperial miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Design

Despite previous rumours, the new Pacifica indeed looks a minivan and not an SUV – and that’s a good thing in a utility segment that’s becoming more difficult to understand with ambiguous, cross-bred designs. Just be a minivan. And that’s what the Pacifica does with sculpted exterior with athletic proportions.

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With fluid-like lines and surfacing, the 2017 Pacifica’s sliding door track lines are hidden under the rear-quarter side glass, making them virtually indistinguishable. With its long wheelbase, wide track, low ground clearance and available 20-inch wheels, the Chrysler Pacifica appears planted, with a capable stance.

10 colour options will be available, providing the Minivan Dads less chance of following the status quo.

Availability

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica will be built at the Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario, Canada; and hits dealerships this Spring 2016 while the Pacifica Hybrid arrives in the second half of this year.

Video of 2017 Chrysler Pacifica from official debut at 2016 Detroit Auto Show:

Amee is an award-winning motor & lifestyle photographer and writer in the auto niche. His work has been published in various global outlets including NBC Sports, Chicago Tribune, SuperStreet, GlobeDrive, MotorTrend, and others. A member of AJAC and founder/publisher of TractionLife.com, he enjoys travelling and spending time with his kids and family.

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