Chrysler has redesigned its iconic minivan for the first time since 2008, and the change is a big one. Gone is the old van's boxy look, replaced by styling that owes a lot to the Chrysler 200 family sedan. Even the Town & Country name is gone, with Chrysler bringing back the Pacifica label last used on a mid-size crossover.
Nearly the only thing carried over from the outgoing van is the Pacifica's 3.6L Pentastar V6, which makes 287 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, a minivan first.
Another segment first is a hybrid variant that mates a specially-tuned Pentastar to an electric motor and combines their power through an electrically variable transmission.
Hybrid fuel consumption estimates aren't out yet, but the gasoline model's ratings are 12.9/8.4 L/100 km (city/highway).
This is no entry-level van: standard features in the Touring-L trim include tri-zone automatic climate control, 12-way power driver's seat, power sliding doors and tailgate, leather seating with heated front seats, active noise cancellation, six-speaker stereo with five-inch Uconnect infotainment display, 17-inch aluminum wheels, heated side mirrors, intelligent keyless entry, backup camera, remote start, and LED taillights.
Key upgrades available in Touring-L Plus and Limited trims include rear park assist with active braking, blind spot monitoring with cross path detection, auto-dimming rearview mirror, perforated leather seating, heated steering wheel, heated second-rear seats, 13-speaker sound system with amplifier, power-folding third row seat, hands-free tailgate and sliding doors, auto-dimming driver's side mirror, HID headlights, LED daytime running lights and foglights, 18-inch wheels, a tri-pane panoramic sunroof, and an integrated vacuum cleaner.
Pacifica pricing reflects the vans upscale furnishings: Touring-L models start at $43,995, and MSRPs top out at the Limited's $52,995.