The first-ever hybrid minivan is rolling off the production line. It’s the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, which joins the gas model already on the road. Chrysler is one excited parent, too. Earlier this week it announced the model is even more fuel efficient in all-electric mode than originally targeted.
The Chrysler minivan takes its place as the most fuel efficient minivan ever thanks to its 3.6-liter V6 with two electric motors. On all-electric mode it gets a 84 MPGe and offers a 33 mile range. In the gas hybrid mode it cruises up to 566 miles. Chrysler says the average minivan owner drives about 30 miles a day, fitting right in with the Pacifica’s range. You can check out our recent review of the gas Pacifica here.
The lithium ion battery pack rests under the second-row seats. It takes about two hours to charge with a 240-volt plug.
Those numbers blow the standard model away. The gas Pacifica for 2017 gets a 28 highway mpg rating. Aside from the differing powertrains, the plug-in hybrid stands a part with a unique front grille, wheel design, and badging. It also offers an exclusive paint choice of Silver Teal Pearl Coat.
The model will start arriving in dealerships this month. However, dealers will not be fully stocked until the beginning of next year. It will sticker from $34,495.
Chrysler is building the Pacifica models at FCA’s Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario, alongside the Dodge Grand Caravan. The automaker invested $744 million in retooling the Ontario plant for hybrid production.