2017 Chrysler Pacifica Production Begins; On Sale This Spring

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Production of the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan began this week at Fiat-Chrysler's Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada.

The Pacifica arrives at Chrysler dealerships in the spring, followed by the 2017 Pacifica Hybrid, a plug-in version, which is due in the second half of 2016.

Chrysler redefined the family vehicle when it launched the original minivan more than 30 years ago. And now, the Pacifica, which debuted at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, replaces the Chrysler Town & Country minivan.

Pricing on the Pacifica will be announced closer to its on-sale date.

Chrysler revived the Pacifica name for its new minivan. Previously, it used the name for a midsize crossover that was sold in the 2000s.

The name change and the addition of a plug-in hybrid are expected to give the Chrysler minivan a boost with car shoppers.

The 2017 Pacifica features an optional integrated vacuum and a new UConnect Theater rear-seat entertainment system.

The gasoline-powered Pacifica is equipped with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine linked to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The Pacifica Hybrid offers an all-electric mode of 30 miles that delivers up to 80 mpg equivalent in city driving, the automaker said.

Key Pacifica competitors include the Kia Sedona, Nissan Quest and Toyota Sienna.

Edmunds says: The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica edges closer to showrooms, which is good news for car shoppers who want to shake up the school carpool.

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