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Chrysler - 2017 Pacifica
Chrysler - 2017 Pacifica

Chrysler - 2017 Pacifica

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Chrysler Pacifica The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica reinvents the minivan segment with a boldly styled and sculpted exterior and a highly functional yet beautifully crafted inte... More »
Chrysler Pacifica

The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica reinvents the minivan segment with a boldly styled and sculpted exterior and a highly functional yet beautifully crafted interior. From every angle, its proportions, surfacing and styling create an appearance not expected of a vehicle in the segment.

Exterior design

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica features a sophisticated road presence, with a dynamic stance, wind-swept profile and aggressive wheel-to-body proportions. With its long wheelbase, wide track and low ground clearance, the Chrysler Pacifica appears planted, with a capable stance and athletic proportions. Tailored brightwork throughout the exterior acts as a "jewel" to highlight the styling.

The Pacifica's wind-swept profile isn't a façade. The redesigned minivan boasts unsurpassed aerodynamic performance, which benefits from features like underbody aero panels, aerodynamically tuned windshield wipers and an optimized relationship between the front glass and the roof panel.

The front of the Pacifica features the contemporary face of the Chrysler brand, with a sleek, flowing upper and lower grille. The slim upper grille flows seamlessly into the headlamps, while the Chrysler wing floats within the mesh grille texture. The upper and lower grilles feature ribbon-like chrome accents that flow in concert for geometric balance and a premium appearance. A Mobius chrome strip that cradles the available LED fog lamp intertwines with the fog lamp housing and the lower grille.

A robust sculpted hood with distinctive character lines leads the eye to the upper grille and the Chrysler wing that visually floats within the mesh grille texture. The hood shingles over the upper grille for a clean, seamless appearance.

The body-side sections are highlighted by an A-line that runs gracefully from front to rear, tracing downward into the rear fascia to define the rear quarter section. The sculptural nature of the Pacifica's body section ties it to the Chrysler brand family. A lower surface character line, combined with the A-line and rear fascia surfacing, add to the Pacifica's sophisticated, fluid-like surface that plays with layers of light from every angle.

A visually stretched daylight opening defines the upper canopy and is accented by a chrome surround, which, as it travels rearward, thins and thickens as if drawn with a brush. The sliding door track lines are hidden under the rear-quarter side glass, resulting in a clean rear-quarter surface that's free of traditionally visible tracks.

From the rear, the Pacifica's dynamic and fluid appearance becomes increasingly evident, with a fast silhouette and a roof that blends into a sculpted, integrated rear spoiler at the rear-most trailing edge. The rear-swept D-pillars accentuate the faster side and roof profile, adding to the sleek dynamic visual uncommon in the minivan segment.

The rear liftgate glass is visually "tucked" into and offset from the D-pillars, with the liftgate glass integrating seamlessly into the tail lamps for a clean and unified statement.

Like the front fascia, the rear fascia delivers simplicity and sculpture, with a dramatically minimized rear bumper shelf that helps to visually unify the liftgate and rear fascia. The rear fascia features an integrated black valance panel that includes rear reflex and a bright chrome horizontal detail to visually lighten the rear of the vehicle and enhance Pacifica's wide stance.

Horizontally oriented tail lamps feature an LED "halo signature" with an even glow for a modern appearance. The tail lamps are integrated into the rear backlight and are extended outward to help emphasize the vehicle's width and wide track. An athletic spoiler adds to the minivan's lean stance and attitude, helping improve aerodynamics as well.

The all-new Pacifica is available with 17-, 18- or 20-inch wheels, which help to emphasize the Pacifica's planted stance and athletic proportions.

The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is available in 10 different exterior paint colors that accentuate its surfacing from every angle and in every light: Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Molten Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Velvet Red Pearl Coat, Dark Cordovan Pearl Coat, Jazz Blue Pearl Coat, Tusk White Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat and Silver Teal Pearl Coat (exclusive to the Pacifica Hybrid).

Interior design

When designing the interior of the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, designers sought to "make every piece like a canvas that has been painted on." The interior is horizontally drawn, emphasizing the spaciousness of the vehicle, while continuous linear elements keep the eye moving.

The beautifully crafted interior of the Chrysler Pacifica mixes high-tech elements with a sculpted, muscular feel. Control elements are high-tech and modern looking, with their hard surface contrasting with the soft, sculpted look elsewhere. Outlets appear more formal, highlighted by a simple chrome ring that was designed to be thinner for an exquisite, precise feel. Bezels feature a similarly weighted accent.

Sophisticated, modern color and material trim combinations are highlighted by unique interior accents in the doors and instrument panel. These interior environments were inspired by various locations in the United States:

Santa Monica, California: Cognac/Alloy with Liquid Titanium accents and Toffee stitching

Soho, New York: Black/Alloy with Mineral Shiitake accents and Sepia stitching

Sonoma County, California: Black/Alloy with Cranberry Wine accents and Cranberry Wine stitching and piping

Santa Fe, New Mexico: Black/Deep Mocha with Liquid Titanium accents and Diesel Grey stitching and piping

Juneau, Alaska: Black/Alloy with Anodized Ice Cave accents, Ice Blue stitching and black piping

Stitching throughout the interior adds to the handcrafted feel, while Piano Black accents with a premium-looking finish provide a touch of luxury and high tech. The tone-on-tone control knobs in the center stack feature a spun finish, reminiscent of high-end audio equipment.

The Uconnect touchscreen - available as either a 5-inch or 8.4-inch - is set flush with the instrument panel for a clean, technical look. With a glossy screen surface that allows for higher contrast, the touchscreen feels futuristic and in line with other modern devices, like a tablet.

In daylight, the interior is all about beauty and sculpture, with the instrument panel's defined, fluid surface at the center of it all. On upper trim levels, a stitched instrument panel adds an even higher touch of adornment. At night, the interior evokes a different emotion with a more high-tech look, with white lighting on buttons and the cluster display glowing with "Chrysler blue." Other control elements also use blue lighting, versus the traditionally used amber, for a more cohesive and technical look.

The spacious interior delivers best-in-class front-row and third-row legroom, and an available tri-pane panoramic sunroof adds to the feeling of spaciousness. With a dual-pane panoramic sunroof over the front- and second-row seats and fixed glass pane over the third row, all Chrysler Pacifica passengers can enjoy the openness and a view to the sky above.

The HVAC controls are consolidated in the headliner, running cleanly along the rails. In the rear, the HVAC controls are on the passenger side headline - a thoughtful consideration after research showed that it was the optimal position if there is only one child in the second row or during school pickup and drop-off.

Clever storage and functionality

The thoughtfully crafted interior is as functional as it is beautiful. An unsurpassed amount of storage includes a large center console, featuring spaces specifically designed to fit devices like an iPad. The bottom of the console bin is deeper than the vehicle floor for added storage space.

Other storage spaces were designed with customer needs in mind, including storage for an umbrella and sunglasses, and two bins in the rear cargo area that can each hold a gallon of milk. Even the back of the front seats adds functionality, with integrated grocery bag hooks.

The Stow 'n Go floor bins offer storage when the second-row seats are not stowed, and the enhanced Stow 'n Go system features redesigned seats for added comfort and side support. The Stow 'n Go process has been improved so that the seats fold smoothly forward into the tubs, while the addition of the all-new Stow 'n Go Assist feature helps to further simplify the process. With the press of a button on the B-pillar, the front seat moves forward to allow the second-row seat to be stowed. Pressing the button again moves the front seat back to its starting position. In addition, the Easy Tilt second-row seats allow for easy access to the third row, even with an empty child seat installed in the second row.

The Pacifica's seating delivers even more functionality with the addition of the available eight-passenger seating. The lightweight, removable eighth-passenger seat fits in between the existing second-row seats and functions as a large second-row armrest with cupholders when not in use.

For quick cleanup, the Stow 'n Vac integrated vacuum, powered by RIDGID, is the highest-powered in-vehicle vacuum in the market, and is located in the C-pillar trim area for easy access to all corners of the vehicle.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

The Pacifica Hybrid delivers all of the style of the gas-powered Pacifica models, with a few changes to distinguish it from the rest of the lineup. The exterior features distinctive badging and a unique front grille pattern and wheel design, and is available in exclusive Silver Teal paint.

The Black/Alloy interior environment with Ice Cave accents and Ice Blue stitching and black piping is exclusive to the Pacifica Hybrid, highlighting its high-tech and environmentally friendly attributes. The instrument panel also features a light to indicate the vehicle's charging status, which can be seen from outside the vehicle.

Engineering

The engineering goal was clear from the outset. As the original inventor of the minivan, FCA US engineers were charged to develop an all-out, no excuses new minivan on their new architecture.

The result: the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is executed to be the preeminent entry in its class with an unprecedented level of functionality, versatility, technology and style.

New architecture

Tuned and calibrated on rural roads, thoroughfares, highways and validation facilities, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is engineered to deliver the ride, feel and comfort of a premium vehicle offering with precision-tuned handling and exceptional over-the-road comfort qualities.

Constructed on an all-new platform, Chrysler Pacifica will deliver ride and handling capabilities that not only exceed its primary competitors, but are on par with high-end premium sedans.

Lighter by approximately 250 pounds (model to model), stiffer and more aerodynamic than the outgoing model, Pacifica is noticeably more responsive with lower levels of body roll and enhanced agility to absorb and distribute road inputs, while serving its primary purpose of effectively moving people and cargo in a pleasing and refined manner.

Light and stiff body structure

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica features a light yet stiff unibody structure based on the all-new FCA vehicle architecture developed specifically for the minivan global front-drive E-segment. The upper body and frame are engineered as a single unit, enabling a more mass-efficient and stiffer structure. Unibody structures bring a superior foundation for achieving large premium sedan-like performance and agility.

Much of that credit belongs to the extensive use of advanced, hot-stamped/high-strength steels, application of structural adhesives where necessary and an intense focus on mass optimization. The Pacifica utilizes approximately 22 percent more high-strength steel than its predecessor, of which 48 percent is advanced high-strength steel for maximizing stiffness and strength while optimizing weight efficiency - the first FCA US sliding door offering to blend advanced high-strength steels and material mass optimization to this extent.

Enhanced chassis-to-body structure interfaces, such as suspension brackets and cradle attachments, are designed to ensure high stiffness at those points, thus abating low-frequency noise into the cabin while ensuring overall dynamic agility.

An optimally sized cross-vehicle instrument panel beam constructed of magnesium enables the stiffest and lightest structure possible, while the liftgate, constructed of magnesium (inner structure) and aluminum, represents the first high-volume application of its kind in the industry, and is an exclusive in the Pacifica's competitive set.

The overall result is a combination of solidity, stiffness, and mass efficiency, which minimizes noise and vibration; enables refined chassis tuning; and provides occupants a sense of security and stability.

Extensive use of aluminum components combined with weight-optimized, thin-gauged, high-strength materials, enables truer chassis component tuning; quicker and "more exact" reaction to vehicle inputs (e.g. nimbleness and agility); and enhanced overall dynamic performance.

Specific components that contribute to the lightweight system include:

Thin-gauged front suspension cradle constructed of high-strength steel with "lightening holes" (e.g. "non-contributing" material was removed) on all models, as well as hydroformed front cradle side rails that enable a weight savings

Hollow front strut rods

Front forged aluminum lower control arms and bracket

Front and rear cast aluminum knuckles

Aluminum engine brackets

A front tubular stabilizer bar

An aluminum extruded steering gear cross member that mounts on the front cradle to hold the electric power steering unit

Absence of a rear stabilizer bar, enabled by "rebound springs" inside the rear shocks that ensure side-to-side ability

Thin-gauged steel trailing arms in the rear suspension enabled by a "blade-style" design that ensures strength and durability without mass

Aluminum rear upper shock mounts

Front suspension

The front suspension is a MacPherson strut layout - renowned for its packaging efficiency and lightweight characteristics. The geometry and damping characteristics have been tuned to minimize camber loss for a more responsive steering, handling and increased maximum vehicle lateral acceleration.

The use of aluminum alloys for the knuckles, lower control arms and relating brackets; the use of tubular stabilizer bars; and the use of high-strength steels for the suspension linkages and the optimization of structural components have made it possible to contain the total weight of the suspension. This is also known as "un-sprung weight" and chassis engineers strive to minimize it, since reducing it has a direct correlation to improved vehicle handing, ride quality and reduced road noise.

The front suspension cradle provides yet another critical benefit: it becomes a third load path, significantly contributing to energy absorption during a frontal impact and considerably improving passive safety performance.

The considerable stiffness and low weight of the front cradle provide high resonant frequencies ensuring insulation between the road and passenger compartment and result in a reduction in typical rolling noise.

Another significant benefit to the design of the front suspension cradle is its flat-bottomed geometry, which allows excellent integration with the vehicle belly pans and actively contributes to improve the aerodynamic performance of the lower part of the vehicle.

The main front suspension components consist of the following:

Thin-gauged, full-perimeter front cradle constructed of high-strength steel, which delivers reduced mass while providing front vehicle stiffness for precision handling characteristics

Hydro-formed side rails in the front cradle are octagonal and splayed in shaped for reduced mass with added strength. The front cradle's side rails are strong enough to absorb and distribute loads in the event of an impact

Six-point solid mounted front cradle-to-body mounting system (most configurations are four-points) connects the front cradle to the body rails for exceptional front body stiffness and enhanced handling

One-piece, forged cast aluminum lower control arms, knuckles and brackets for enhanced durability and mass optimization

Large bushings on the lower control arm attachments to the cradle (hydraulic and rubber) help damp ride and absorb "motion transfer" into the vehicle. The bushings are also designed for long-lasting brake judder performance over the life of the vehicle

Aluminum extruded steering gear cross member for mass reduction

Direct-acting tubular stabilizer bars optimize the exchange of forces between the suspension and body and filter out vibrations with reduced mass, further improving ride quality

Twin tube struts with high lateral stiffness contribute to improved ride quality

Hollow strut rods and rebound springs within the struts reduce mass and deliver enhanced side-to-side balance

Side load coil springs optimize the thrust axis and contain transverse loads on the strut for improved comfort; the adoption of high-strength springs has made it possible to minimize weight - a ride and fuel economy benefit

Spring isolators interposed between the springs and their support bases eliminate any running noise, a key enabler to enhanced customer satisfaction and perceived vehicle quality

Solid half-shafts throughout the range help reduce weight and correctly reduce vibration. This enhances customer comfort and improves perceived quality

Front suspension cradle

The full-perimeter front suspension cradle serves as the attachment point for the front lower control arms, lower load path beams, steering gear, front stabilizer bar and aero shield, which is in turn solidly bolted to the front body structure. For FCA engineers, the front suspension cradle provided an opportunity to further improve on what customers expect from their vehicle in any segment: better fuel economy, more nimble ride and handling and top-notch safety. With the Pacifica's front suspension cradle, engineers delivered on all three.

Focus on every ounce resulted in the front suspension cradle being made of thin-gauged high-strength steels that resulted in a significant weight improvement when compared to more conventional front cradle applications.

The Pacifica's front suspension cradle is also stiff, which helps avoid the transmission of noise, vibration and harshness to the passenger compartment, further contributing to a quiet interior environment.

The cradle was also meticulously designed to deform in a controlled manner during frontal impacts, thereby contributing to crash energy management.

Independent rear suspension

The twist blade independent rear suspension allowed chassis engineers to provide Pacifica drivers the best of two worlds: the handling capability approaching that of a premium sports sedan with the smoother ride of a large luxury sedan.

The main rear suspension components consist of the following:

Steel four-point isolated rear cradle with optimized weight/stiffness ratio to improve reaction to lateral loads and consequently improve handling performance

Twin tube shocks with integrated rebound springs - a premium refinement in the Pacifica's segment - ensure side-to-side rear stability without the need of a stabilizer bar and related mass

Blade configured rear trailing arm linkages constructed of thin-gauge, high-strength steel that enables required packaging space while reducing mass and delivering stiffness/strength

Unique dual bushing configuration packaged within the trailing arms - double bushing configuration decouples vertical rates for steering from fore/aft compliance for ride comfort

Cast aluminum rear knuckles and shock mounts for mass reduction and rear tuning qualities

Rear suspension cradle

The isolated rear suspension cradle is a stamped thin-gauged steel clamshell construction design with "lightening holes" for mass reduction. Its "full-perimeter" cradle with rubber isolators enables enhanced ride and handling control, as well as exceptional safety and durability performance.

Powertrain mounting

A pendulum mounting system supports both the engine and transmission assemblies with hydraulic-elastic mounts attached to the engine and transmission, and a torque control elastomeric mount bridging to the front suspension cross member.

Hydraulic-elastic mounts support the powertrain on the right side to provide noise and vibration isolation and reduce shake due to bumps in the road.

The hydraulic-elastic mount dampens the low-frequency, high-amplitude motion of the powertrain that occurs when the vehicle hits a bump in the road. The "hydraulic" portion of the mount is tuned to dampen out the engine oscillations thereby reducing annoying after-shake due to road input.

The mounts are attached to the body rails, providing isolation of the passenger compartment from powertrain noise and vibration. A decoupler in the hydraulic portion of right mount allows it to provide simultaneous damping of ride motions and isolation of engine vibrations.

High stiffness of the die-cast aluminum mounting brackets ensures that the mounts can effectively isolate the passenger compartment from powertrain vibrations.

Class-leading aerodynamic performance

Following 1.2 million CPU hours for CFD development and more than 400 hours of testing in the wind tunnel, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica features industry-leading aerodynamics.

Co-efficient of drag (CD) is .300, a rating that is best among its primary competitors and contributes to Pacifica's exceptional fuel efficiency.

Exterior aero performance highlights include:

Active shutter system automatically closes airflow through the lower intake opening when air intake is least needed, reducing drag on average of 10 percent. The all-new Pacifica is the first minivan offering equipped with the active shutter system. When closed, the shutter system enhances aero-performance by redirecting airflow around the front of the vehicle and down the sides, rather than through it. Whether the shutter is open or closed is based on engine coolant temperature and vehicle speed - for example, the system will open when the vehicle is traveling up a hill, pulling a trailer, or in hot city driving. The shutter system will be closed at highway speeds when less engine cooling is required, and aerodynamic drag is most significant

Steeper and more swept windshield angle effectively channels air off the front portion of the upper canopy

Aero-optimized front end and forward corners for smooth airflow above, below, and around the vehicle without compromising styling or engine cooling requirements

Aero-shaped mirrors represent a significant aerodynamic win considering the amount of air transferred to the area as a result of the active shutter system

Optimized rear notch angle - defined by the top of the relationship of the upper trailing edge of the decklid to the rear bumper - and rear fascia shape delivers a more refined appearance, reduced air turbulence, and a clean rear air wake

Aero-designed sill claddings (also aesthetic "blister" elements that play with light while ensuring an organic surface appeal) that channel air away from the lower portion of the vehicle and enable airflow distribution around and away from the wheel openings

Liftgate-integrated spoiler carries an optimized trailing edge shape for cleaner airflow separation in the rear portion for improved "air wake"

Distinguishable roof taper that not only contributes to the Pacifica's sophisticated aesthetics, but effectively channels air to the rear spoiler for enhanced aero performance

Flat-surfaced, rear angled D-pillar design that incorporates an offset edge to the rear window and relating appliqué for undisturbed exit of air off the rear upper corners of the vehicle

Front-fascia close-out panel prevents air from channeling into the engine compartment and related "air swirl" characteristics in the front structure of the vehicle

Engine shield directs air downward, preventing air from channeling and rotating in the engine compartment

Sill-mounted tire spats positioned forward of the front wheels essentially act as miniature air dams, kicking air away from the spinning elements and reducing drag in the process

Driver and passenger side mid-floor belly panels are approximately 7.5 feet in length and positioned on either side of the center tunnel (applied on Touring models and above)

Rear suspension shield positioned over the rear axle that deflects air downward for a clean exit through the back of the vehicle

Rear air diffuser panel (located at what is traditionally the rear differential location) channels air between the rear wheels

While the grille grates (upper and lower) have been stylized to convey Chrysler brand cues, they've also been optimized to ensure minimal air "swoosh"

Wiper blades are optimally positioned to ensure better aerodynamics and enhanced downward visibility

Hood seal closes off the front line of the closure to ensure air turbulence (and related audible events) is virtually eliminated

Power steering

The Pacifica features an electric power steering (EPS) system providing power assist via an electric motor system. This improves fuel economy, since there is no parasitic loss from a power steering pump; reduces steering system-generated noise and allows optimal tuning of feedback to the driver.

The boost or assist is variable and speed sensitive, responding to sensors monitoring steering torque, steering wheel speed and angle, and vehicle speed. The steering system is fully integrated with the vehicle's electronic stability control system and helps to compensate in split-traction, torque steer, and pull-drift (crowned road) situations.

Steering system highlights include:

Steering ratio of 16.2:1 is common for gasoline-powered and hybrid models

New generation of electric dual pinion steering, which guarantees significant savings in fuel consumption (up to 3 percent less than a conventional hydraulic system); high performance for managing significant loads at all steering wheel operating speeds (for sporty handling); power assist curves modulated according to driving conditions; and interaction of steering system with vehicle dynamics

Turning circle of 39.7 feet for all models

Designed to guarantee the best performance for the driver during sporty driving together with excellent handling and limited effort during parking maneuvers

Brake system

Four-wheel disc brakes with four-wheel antilock braking system (ABS) and traction control system (TCS) are standard on the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and deliver confident performance with superior noise, vibration and harshness characteristics.

Standard brake and chassis control features include:

Vented front rotors accentuate the Pacifica's performance character by helping dissipate braking-related heat, improving braking performance

Solid rear disc brakes improve braking performance with less noise, enhanced pedal feel, reduced stopping distance and less weight

Brake linings are tuned and optimized to deliver long-term performance and consistent, smooth brake feel

Brake booster and pedal ratio refinements - in combination with the linings - also contribute to enhanced brake pedal feel in terms of travel, linearity, and required force in deceleration events at higher speeds

Front calipers have two 51-mm diameter pistons

Rear calipers have single 45-mm diameter pistons, and incorporate an electric park brake to further reduce weight with an integrated park brake function to further reduce weight and improve parking performance

For optimal braking performance - and a higher level of security and peace of mind - the Pacifica features a four-channel ABS that monitors the speed of each wheel individually. The four-channel system allows individual wheel braking for superior control and provides backup braking, should one of the two braking circuits fail. The ABS software utilizes a steering wheel angle sensor that allows the system to differentiate between straight-line braking and braking in a turn. As a result, the Pacifica delivers exceptional straight-line braking with minimal yaw

Electronic brake-force distribution regulates braking pressure front-to-rear to optimize stopping distances and control under all vehicle-loading conditions

Full-function traction control system (TCS) is integrated with ABS, and is an all-speed, four-channel system. It combines both engine torque and brake control to regulate wheel spin at all driving speeds for maximum driver control - regardless of conditions. When the system senses impending wheel slip during acceleration, it signals the throttle control to reduce drive wheel torque. Under extreme situations, such as going from pavement to ice during acceleration, the system will selectively apply the brakes to maintain control. The system can be partially turned off via a button located in the center stack

Best-in-class interior space

With the improved design and aerodynamics of the all-new Chrysler Pacifica, the interior spaciousness of the vehicle was not compromised.

In fact, the Pacifica has the longest wheelbase amongst its primary competitors and the widest combination of vehicle width and front/rear track, leading to a best-in-class interior volume/cargo space with total passenger plus volume behind the third row at 200 cu. feet.

The front row offers the most legroom in the segment and lots of options for storage, as the newly designed space between the center console and instrument panel is a great place to stow purses or larger items. The center console itself also provides storage for smaller items. New to the Pacifica is the instrument panel drawer that provides covered storage for items that customers want to have access to, but do not want to have left out in the open.

In the second row, the all-new Pacifica continues to offer Stow 'n Go tubs that provide covered storage for bigger items.

The Chrysler Pacifica offers the most spacious third row in the segment, with the most legroom, shoulder room and headroom. Coupled with the added roominess and the tri-pane panoramic sunroof, all passengers are ready for any long road trip.

With the second- and third-row seats stowed, the all-new Pacifica provides segment-leading cargo capacity to easily fit an 8 x 4-foot sheet of plywood.

Vault-like quiet interior environment

The all-new Pacifica is engineered and executed to deliver a "vault-like" interior environment with low levels of wind noise, road noise, and related vibration/harshness characteristics.

Wind noise in the Chrysler Pacifica is expected to be as low as 63 decibels at 70 mph, a rating that's at the top of its competitive set.

Articulation Index (AI - speech intelligibility - 0%=Worst, 100%=Best) in the Pacifica is expected to be higher than 84 percent at 70 mph - a rating that's unsurpassed in its competitive set, and on par with vehicles that cost thousands more.

Air leakage into the passenger compartment - a primary source of noise - is expected to be as low as an unsurpassed 225 CFM (cubic feet per minute; an airflow measurement). The wind noise/sound damping applications applied on the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica are often equal to what's applied on vehicles in significantly higher price classes.

Specific interior environment details include:

Acoustic 5.0-mm laminate windshield glass delivers a 2.5 to 3.0 decibel (dB) improvement when compared to standard tempered glass

Acoustic wheel liners - applied at all four locations - abate road noise and eliminate "sizzle" when on "loose" gravel, rain, snow- or ice-covered surfaces

Door uppers have been positioned to ensure nothing "sticks out" or invades the flow of air around the vehicle - a common source of wind noise

Mirrors have been shape-optimized for sound performance, thanks to hours of wind tunnel analysis

All doors incorporate a "triple door seal" system that ensures exceptional wind noise abatement into the passenger compartment

Next-generation exclusive Stow 'n Go system

FCA is the only automaker on the market to offer the exclusive Stow 'n Go seating and storage system on all rear seats allowing customers to "take their seats with them."

The redesigned Stow 'n Go system is easier than ever to use in the all-new Pacifica with the innovative Stow 'n Go Assist. Simply press the button and the front seat will move out of the way to accommodate the second-row Stow 'n Go seat. Pressing the button a second time will return the seat to its starting location. Stow 'n Go Assist includes obstacle detection and can also be aborted mid-cycle by pressing the button while in motion.

The Pacifica now offers an optional, removable eighth-passenger seat in the second row. When not being used, it offers an additional armrest, cup holder and bin for second-row passengers. The eighth-passenger seat weighs only 37 pounds and is easily removed. It also accommodates LATCH child-safety seat installation, which increases the capacity to five LATCH seating positions.

Passengers can easily climb into the third row using the Easy Tilt seat feature. The second-row seats tilt easily, with or without a child seat installed, at the pull of a lever. For additional accessibility, third-row passengers can pull the Stow 'n Go strap before entering the third row, if a car seat is not installed.

Stow 'n Vac

The all-new Stow 'n Vac integrated vacuum offers versatility and convenience for busy families. Featuring the highest power rated system on the market, the hose is strategically located in the C-pillar trim area for quick access to the most used areas of the vehicle, the driver's seat and the second row, while the 11.4-foot hose offers easy access to all corners of the vehicle. There is also an extra extension measuring an additional 11.4 feet in length for extra cleaning that is stored in the rear quarter trim.

Industry-first handsfree sliding doors and liftgate

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica features available handsfree liftgate and sliding doors. With the key fob nearby, customers can open and close each of these features by performing a single kicking motion under the bumper or sliding door activation zones and the door or liftgate will open and close.

Tri-pane panoramic sunroof

The all-new Chrysler Pacifica offers a segment-first tri-pane panoramic sunroof, bringing spaciousness and light throughout the vehicle while extending the sunroof experience to the third row.

Above the front two rows of seating is a new dual-pane panoramic sunroof, the largest offered in the Pacifica's segment, that provides an articulating glass surface. An additional fixed glass element above the third row ensures enjoyment by all passengers.

The front portion of the sunroof system consists of two glass panels. The front glass panel operates with an express (one-touch) feature, to open, close and vent. The panel also tilts upward at the rear for ventilation and slides rearward under the rear glass panel (while stopping at any point) when open. The panel seals flush with the roof in the closed position to eliminate wind noise.

The front portion of the dual pane sunroof also features a power sunshade to cover the deep-tinted glass panels when closed (or at varying open positions), while the fixed rear glass comes with a manual sunshade. An integrated mesh wind deflector reduces the possibility of wind buffeting at low speeds when the sunroof is open.

Active Noise Cancellation

Standard across the lineup, Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) technology further heightens the Chrysler Pacifica's refinement factor during a comfortable daily commute or an extended road trip with family and friends.

Using the vehicle audio system and four strategically located microphones, it automatically introduces sound to the cabin to deflect unwanted sounds with opposite-tuned frequencies. The technology also enables more fuel-efficient engine calibrations (due to the reduced need for NVH-related tradeoffs) and reduces the need for damping material and the extra mass that comes with it. The result is enhanced sound-system clarity.

Safety and security

The all-new Chrysler Pacifica also offers more than 100 safety and security features, including a 360-degree Surround View camera, ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Hold.

Additional refinements

Additional examples of the attention to engineering details found on the all-new Chrysler Pacifica include (but are not limited to):

Low-rolling resistance tires, a key enabler to fuel efficiency

Capless fuel filler for easy, convenient re-fueling

Optimized engine cover execution for enhanced noise/vibration performance and reduced mass

19-gallon fuel tank for enhanced vehicle range and tank is "balance" sized for optimal weight distribution

Improved geometries on the side sliding doors with sealed, precision ball bearing hinges for higher quality and more consistent roll characteristics over the life of the vehicle (e.g. smoother quality, quieter operation in manual or powered configurations)

Encapsulated latches (composite encased) in the side doors and rear liftgate for quiet operation, absent of "clicking and latching" sounds

Hidden sliding side door tracks (packaged under the rear quarter windows) enabled by a re-designed center hinge and shorter rail track

Enhanced sliding door to vehicle side clearance for enhanced durability and performance

Hidden wire carrier in the sliding door track area for enhanced visual appearance and long-term durability

Power-strut driven rear liftgate that reduces mass, improves appearance, and exhibits quiet operation qualities

Roll-framed front door construction that delivers an extra inch of visibility around the front windows, thins the surrounding pillars for enhanced visibility, and enables enhanced stiffness in the upper portion of the door for higher quality open and close characteristics

Interior and exterior element-to-element gap and flush relationships that are unmatched in the segment, and considered world-class on the basis of FCA's internal benchmarking measurements

All underhood components have been held to a standard of appearance that ensures uniformity with similarly grained surfaces, colors and overall aesthetics;

An attention to detail that's subliminal to most buyers, including an initiative to bring all secondary surfaces to class-A levels; application of triple door seals (controls high-speed wind noise) at all four entry-points; and the application of "quiet steel" in the rear Stow 'n Go tub for abatement of noise and vibration in the rear portion of the vehicle

Stiffness patches designed into all side and rear aluminum doors to eliminate "oil-canning" and contribute to an audible, vault-like closing note

Needle-check door hinges that enable front doors to be opened at 28, 44 and 70 degrees ensure a full-open angle that is unsurpassed and brings a much higher appearance in terms of fit, finish and elimination of squeaks

Host of acoustic applications throughout the body structure, including damping applications in the floor and instrument panel (mastic); an acoustic headliner; front of dash damping blanket; a host of sound-absorbing damping barriers in body cavities; and a host of noise blocking agents in the engine compartment to abate noise to the passenger compartment

Optimized weld flange relationships and extensive body sealing enhanced by "castle-ized" structural element interfaces (e.g. designed-in gaps between structural parts ensure deeper penetration of sealing material)

Lower-positioned windshield wipers enabled by a "smart" wiper motor, reduces wind noise by approximately 1 dB when compared with conventional applications. The wipers are absent of a traditional arm structure - a common source of noise when wind travels through and around it - which is replaced by flexible airfoil surface that runs along the top of the blade. The airfoil is "tuned" to the shape of the windshield, ensuring a lower profile and superior contact with the windshield at all positions

Hemming on all vehicle closures for corrosion resistance - an application usually reserved for far higher priced offerings

A plethora of "lightening holes," and material "scallops" throughout the body structure - anywhere metal was identified as "non-contributing" to the vehicle's purpose, it was harvested out and confirmed via thousands of computer analysis iterations.

Liberal application of lightweight structural adhesives have been applied throughout the Pacifica's structure - the body structure benefits from close to 130 meters of adhesive, significantly boosting overall stiffness, strength and damping. The result is an enhanced sense of solidity that lasts over the life expectancy of the vehicle (10 years or greater)

Powertrain

The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan features a choice of two powerful, efficient and advanced powertrains - the next-generation of the award-winning Pentastar V-6 gasoline engine, mated to a segment-exclusive TorqueFlite nine-speed automatic transmission and the segment's first electrified hybrid model pairing the FCA US-patented, dual-motor electrically variable transmission (EVT) with a specially adapted version of award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 gasoline engine.

Most powerful powertrain in minivan segment

Already unique among gasoline-powered V-6 engines for its refinement, power, efficiency and adaptability, the formidable 3.6-liter Pentastar has been remade. The redesigned V-6 gas engine delivers a best-in-class 287 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque.

Enhancements such as two-step variable-valve lift (VVL), cooled exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR) and innovative weight-reduction strategies boost the engine's efficiency and performance, all while preserving the smoothness that remains a hallmark of the Pentastar brand.

Increased fuel efficiency was a key impetus in the development of the redesigned 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine. FCA US powertrain engineers identified the combination of features that deliver the greatest benefits in the widest operating range.

Improvements were measured right down to the component level. And no improvement was too small to chase. Arguably the most compelling enhancement is the two-step VVL. The system is designed to remain mostly in low-lift mode until the customer demands more power; then it responds by switching to high-lift mode for improved performance.

The addition of cooled EGR firmly establishes the redesigned Pentastar among the V-6 elite. In addition to the obvious emissions-reduction benefits, the system further cuts pumping losses and enables knock-free operation at higher, real-world loads.

Pumping losses are again targeted with the engine's upgraded variable-valve timing (VVT) system, which moves to torque-driven cam-phasing, and reduces oil demand.

The new VVT system also increases its range of authority to 70 degrees from 50 degrees. This helps mitigate knock during hot starts and expands the operating envelope of engine stop-start (ESS), a fuel-saving feature that is carried over from the previous-generation 3.6-liter Pentastar engine.

A new VVT system calibration helps deliver more torque more quickly to leverage the benefits of the new intake manifold's longer runners. The result is a torque boost of more than 10.9 percent on the new Chrysler Pacifica. And this occurs between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm - engine speeds most customers see frequently.

The redesigned 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine benefits from numerous upgrades, which better harness the combustion event. The upshot is improved efficiency. Most notably, the engine's compression ratio jumps to 11.3:1 from 10.2:1, compared with the engine's previous iteration.

High-tumble intake ports combine with shrouded valves to take advantage of the engine's new fuel injectors. Featuring eight holes each, twice the number in the previous iteration's injectors, the intake ports offer optimized atomization and targeting.

Factor in the effect of 100-millijoule high-energy ignition coils with platinum sparkplugs and the above combustion enhancements account for a 1.5-percent improvement in fuel economy.

Multiple friction-reduction strategies contribute to an additional 1 percent fuel-economy hike, compared with the engine's previous iteration. Particularly notable is the use of HG-R1 on the timing drive guide-faces. The new Pentastar is the first production engine to feature this low-friction material. Also contributing to friction reduction are new valve springs, low-tension piston rings and piston pins, which feature diamond-like carbon coating.

Just as refinement is a defining trait of the Pentastar V-6 engine family, so is component design. Its integrated exhaust manifold contributes to packaging efficiencies that enable plug-and-play-type integration across a range of vehicle segments and drivetrain configurations.

The new intake manifold improves airflow, which benefits volumetric efficiency and enables a boost up to 287 horsepower.

During engine development, FCA US powertrain engineers were challenged by the potential negative effects of incremental weight, wrought by the engine's new feature content. However, clever component redesign produced an engine that weighs only 326 pounds in the all-new Chrysler Pacifica. That's four pounds less than the previous generation 3.6-liter Pentastar engine, despite the addition of new content weighing 13 pounds.

A thin-wall strategy was used to reduce the nominal thickness of certain die-cast components - without compromising the superb noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) characteristics for which Pentastar engines are known.

Windage-tray weight was slashed by 19 percent and front-cover weight was cut by 5 percent. The oil pan was redesigned from a two-piece to a single-piece pan and the sump was reduced from a 6-quart fill to a 5-quart fill - resulting in an overall 5-pound weight savings compared with the previous generation Pentastar V-6 engine.

The engine's crankshaft also went on a diet. Its main bearings and pins were trimmed, which contributed to an overall block-assembly weight reduction of six pounds. This generates additional friction reduction.

Engine stop-start

Standard fuel-saving engine stop-start (ESS) technology will be introduced later in the model year on the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.

At its heart is a high-speed and high-durability starter that reduces crank time, culminating in quicker restarts. Its function is regulated by algorithms, which act on a vehicle's powertrain and chassis components.

Accordingly, acceleration is always aligned with driver inputs. Passive accelerator application is met with measured throttle response; hard inputs trigger aggressive starts. And there's no waiting for either.

ESS works this way:

Engine controls constantly monitor vehicle speed

When the vehicle brakes to a stop, fuel flow is cut and the engine turns off - events that save gas and reduce emissions

Beefier batteries maintain other vehicle systems, so in-cabin comfort is unaffected

When the brake pedal is released, the engine automatically restarts and the segment-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission is engaged

If a driver chooses to forgo the benefits of ESS, the feature can be deactivated with the push of a button, and then reactivated.

TorqueFlite nine-speed automatic transmission

The newest member of the FCA US TorqueFlite transmission family, the nine-speed gearbox benefits from a unique calibration and an ergonomic rotary dial electronic shifter located on the vehicle's integrated center console. This nine-speed application on the all-new gasoline-powered 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is the first of its kind in the minivan category of the global vehicle E-segment (and amongst its primary competitors).

Features of the advanced transmission include:

Compact design for ease of packaging

Wide 9.81 ratio spread for enhanced performance and fuel economy

Unique transmission calibration allows for outstanding vehicle launch characteristics with smooth transfer between gears and enhanced fuel efficiency.

The 4.70 first gear ratio ensures an excellent launch character that has been tuned specifically to the new Pacifica. Small ratio steps for mid-range gears ensures quick, smooth transitions between gears. In higher gears, overdriven gear ratios lower engine speeds, and in turn, enhance fuel efficiency.

With its superior gear and ratio spread, the TorqueFlite nine-speed automatic transmission benefits from a compact design. It is sized similar to - and in many cases smaller than - its traditional six-speed counterparts. It's this sizing that enables its application on vehicles such as the new Chrysler Pacifica.

The compact design is enabled by:

"Nested" carrier configuration that ensures gear sets are optimally packaged

Ingenious incorporation of dog clutches rather than traditional and large-diameter "friction discs," in some locations. As a result, some gear-shifts are handled via male-to-female spline engagement (similar to a manual transmission). This "friction-less" clutch system yields both efficiency and packaging benefits

Rotary dial e-shift

Unlike any in its minivan competitive set, all 2017 Chrysler Pacifica models will be equipped with an e-shift rotary dial shifter located on the integrated center console that electronically actuates shift selection.

Also known as Electronic Transmission Range Selection (ETRS), e-shift applications are commonly found across the luxury vehicle segment and viewed as a "price of entry" feature by many luxury buyers.

The e-shift system replaces traditional shift cables and levers with sophisticated software and electronics. The simple dial shift interface - a dramatic departure from standard mechanical shift systems - brings feel, effort and operation created to compete with best-in-class performance.

The e-shift system also enables more packaging and design flexibility when compared to mechanical shift systems.

Customer benefits include:

Technologically Advanced - The e-shift is a forward-thinking innovation; a premium, sophisticated feature that demonstrates progressiveness

Attractive Design - The compact design of the e-shift dial shifter enables more appealing interior styling and design cues (when compared to a traditional shifter)

Space Savings - The elimination of cables and mechanical components frees up valuable real estate on and underneath the center console for enhanced storage opportunities

Quiet Cabin - Removal of the mechanical connection between the shift lever and gearbox reduces noise paths into the cabin

Uncommon Tactility & Simplicity - The shifting task becomes more a "turn/touch" function than "slot-shift" exercise. Shifting to Drive (D), Park (P) or Reverse (R) is essentially a turn of the dial and nothing more

First hybrid powertrain in minivan segment

"Due to its large footprint and multiple daily trip patterns, the minivan is ideally suited for electrification technology," said Bob Lee, Vice President and Head of Engine, Powertrain and Electrified Propulsion Systems Engineering, FCA - North America. "The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica lives up to this promise and then some, with efficiency, power and refinement."

Launching in second half of 2016, the Pacifica Hybrid is the industry's first electrified minivan. With an estimated 248 horsepower, the vehicle will deliver an estimated range of 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 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe), based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards.

When the battery's energy is depleted to a certain threshold, the Pacifica Hybrid becomes a part-time electric vehicle, like a conventional hybrid. Power to the wheels is supplied by the electric drive system or supplemented by a specially adapted new version of the award-winning FCA US Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 engine.

The battery pack - neatly packaged under the second row floor in the new unique battery case - may be fully recharged in as little as two hours using a 240-volt plug-in system.

The pivotal technology behind the all-new Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is its innovative electrically variable transmission (EVT). Designed and patented by FCA US, the device features two electric motors - both of which are capable of driving the vehicle's wheels.

Conventional electrification schemes dedicate one motor to serve as a generator and a second motor - usually much larger - to deliver torque to the wheels. But the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid uses a one-way clutch that allows the motor typically used only as a generator to deliver torque to the wheels, depending on driving conditions. The result is increased efficiency, refinement and improved component packaging.

Unique hybrid engine

Based on the newly upgraded Pentastar engine architecture, the new hybrid engine features an Atkinson cycle combustion system for improved pumping efficiency without compromising vehicle performance due to its hybrid electric motors working in tandem with the engine when full load performance is required.

Unique "handed" pistons provide a compression ratio increase to 12.5:1 for further thermodynamic efficiency improvement.

The front cover and front accessory drive system was re-engineered due to the elimination of the alternator and power steering pump which is common to most hybrid engines.

Friction reduction improvements, along with ignition and fuel injection improvements found on the upgraded Pentastar V-6 are all part of the specially adapted hybrid Pentastar engine, while 2-step valve lift and cooled EGR have been removed with the addition of Atkinson cycle combustion system.

Recharging

Deceleration triggers the motor to turn into a generator, which creates electricity to send back to the battery pack.

The 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is stored efficiently under the second-row floor, keeping the rear cargo area as roomy as ever and preserving the third-row Stow 'n Go seating and storage.

The exterior charge port is located on the driver's side fender for quick and easy plug in after exiting the vehicle. On the inside, a charging indicator light is located on the instrument panel so owners can easily monitor the battery charge process.

Safety and Security

The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica showcases the latest in advanced safety and security technology, offering more than 100 standard and available features. Available for the first time on the all-new Pacifica is the Surround View camera, which uses four cameras positioned around the vehicle to provide 360-degree views, including a bird's eye perspective of the vehicle and its surroundings. Other advanced features include:

ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist, which uses ultrasonic sensors to guide the driver into parking spaces

Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Hold, which maintains the distance between the vehicle and the one in front of it, and can bring the vehicle to a controlled stop under certain circumstances

Forward Collision Warning-Plus deploys the brakes to alert the driver if an impact appears imminent, and assists with driver response

LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus leverages electronic power steering (EPS) by delivering a torque input to alert and assist the driver with corrective action

Other standard and available features include Blind-spot Monitoring, ParkSense rear park assist with stop, ParkView rear backup camera, electronic stability control and electric park brake. As part of FCA US's ongoing efforts to proliferate advanced safety and technology, the Pacifica's all-new body structure features the use of additional high-strength steel.

The Chrysler Pacifica also boasts up to five seating positions that will accommodate LATCH child safety-seat installation - a capacity unsurpassed in the segment.

Technology and Convenience

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is the most technologically equipped vehicle of its kind, offering an all-new Uconnect Theater entertainment system, 7-inch full-color driver information display, 8.4-inch touchscreen, acclaimed Uconnect Access and an array of other features.

With the all-new, class-exclusive Uconnect Theater rear seat entertainment system, passengers can watch movies, play built-in games, connect personal devices to surf the Internet and stream content throughout the vehicle via two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens.

The available KeySense programmable key fob places limits on speed and audio volume, mutes the audio when front seatbelts are not buckled, prevents the disabling of certain features like Forward Collision Warning-Plus and ParkSense rear park assist, and allows blocking of SiriusXM Radio channels.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica features the available easy-to-use Uconnect 8.4 system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, navigation, integrated voice command, and Uconnect Access, which keeps drivers and passengers connected with helpful information, such as fuel prices and movie listings

For audiophile-quality sound, the Chrysler Pacifica comes standard with six speakers and Active Noise Cancellation. Premium audio systems, either a 13-speaker Alpine system or a 20-speaker Harman Kardon system, are also available.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is loaded with comfort and convenience features, including Keyless Enter 'n Go, remote start, and heated and ventilated seats. Other notable features include segment-first handsfree sliding doors and liftgate, which are operated by making a kicking motion under the sliding door or bumper to open or close the sliding doors or liftgate.

For added convenience, the available Stow 'n Vac integrated vacuum powered by RIDGID provides easy access to all corners of the vehicle. The Stow 'n Go seating and storage system, a hallmark of FCA US minivans for more than 10 years, has been redesigned for added ease of use, and the addition of the all-new Stow 'n Go Assist feature helps to further simplify the process. With the press of a button on the B-pillar, the front seat moves forward to allow the second-row seat to be stowed into the floor tub. Once the seat is stowed, pressing the button again moves the front seat back to its starting position. In addition, the Easy Tilt second-row seats allow for easy access to the third row, even with an empty child seat installed in the second row.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is available in six models and the Pacifica Hybrid in two models. The Chrysler Pacifica will be available in dealer showrooms in spring 2016, with the Pacifica Hybrid arriving in the second half of 2016.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is built at the Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
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