This year, Chrysler has released its brand new ‘Town and Country’ minivan. However, instead of calling it ‘Town and Country’, it was coined by a new or a somewhat a comeback name, Pacifica.
Years ago, the name was exhumed long ago when consumers are longing for a more ‘truckish’ version of SUVs, even though the design of that vehicle series is somewhat ahead of its time. Due to that reason, the car sale had plummeted, therefore making the company decide for its discontinued production. But now that the perfect time for car-like SUVs has come, the tables are rather turned. However, don’t expect that the T&C trademark will be dead for good.
Under the Hood
It is said that the conventional Pacifica (it comes in two distinct types) comes with an updated 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 which features cooled exhaust gas recirculation, a revised variable valve timing system, two-stage variable lift and weight-saving measures. The engine itself contains 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft torque, which has a slight gain, compared than before as well as increased efficiency. Increased use of high-strength steel, magnesium and aluminum has greatly contributed to the car’s 250-pound weight loss regimen.
Being the first gas-electric minivan in the market, the Pacifica Hybrid, on the other hand, uses the same engine along with two electric motors and a 16kWh battery. However, it is noticeable that it contains 27 less horsepower compared to the conventional one due to its added overall weight. But despite that fact, it also delivers 80 mpge as well as additional 30 miles on electric power alone.
- Category : Minivan
- Engine : 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 + Two electric motors and 16kWh battery (for hybrid)
- Transmission : 9-speed automatic
- Power : 287-hp (for conventional), 260-hp (for hybrid)
- Torque : 262 lb-ft
- Mileage : (city, for Hybrid) 80 mpg
- Price : TBD