One of the new vehicles that caught my eye at the Houston Auto Show is the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. Yes it is a minivan but easy does it. Chrysler is looking to reinvent that segment with this vehicle that appears to have high levels of functionality, versatility and technology.
The new Pacifica is re-engineered from the ground up on an all-new platform. The company is touting a class-leading ride, handling, and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). It will come in a hybrid version (yay!) offering up to 80 MPGe in city driving. It will offer more than 100 standard and available safety and security features, including 360-degree Surround View camera, Park Sense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Hold and Forward Collision Warning-Plus.
From a quick look inside the demo model on the show floor I did see a good amount of technology. It will have available the Uconnect Theater rear seat entertainment, an 8.4″ touchscreen display and premium audio systems. It looked impressive but I will have to wait my personal family test consisting of how easy it is for my kids to figure it out.
Watch below for my chat with one of the Pacifica’s chief designers. And thanks in advance to Rick Deneau and his team at Chrysler for keeping me (and then YOU) updated with the release date, specs and my full review.