The new Pacifica has been revealed back in 2016 and it went on sale shortly after that. The car is a unique minivan as it offers one of the most impressive designs on the market. However, it looks like so far the Pacifica didn’t really manage to sell as well as some of its rivals which is likely due to its rather high price tag. In order to change that, a revision will be released in the upcoming months. So far it looks like the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica is not going to offer all that many changes over the older car. However, it will adjust its pricing scheme and it looks like there might be a couple of new features inside the cabin. These should improve the value for money of the minivan while also allowing Chrysler to make a profit out of it.
2018 Chrysler Pacifica Changes
Just like with its rivals, the Pacifica is based on a car’s chassis, so it doesn’t really drive like a massive minivan. Instead, it is quite good to drive with minimal to no body roll and a really stiff platform.
The suspension system is also far better than one would expect. The car will go around corners with ease while also not ruining the comfort of its passengers.
One of the only real drawbacks we see with it has to be the car’s brakes which are definitely not as good as some of its rivals. However, this might be addressed with this revision even though so far there hasn’t been any official information about this.
One of the biggest changes, like we said above, is expected to be the price. It looks like the new base trim level might now start at less than $27,000, nearly $3,000 less than before.
Despite being expected to be cheaper, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica is not actually going to offer less than before. This is because Chrysler will likely be able to make up their losses with the higher end versions.
Even the most basic model will get things like a frontal collision warning and avoidance system, front and rear cross-traffic alert, a lane-keep assist system as well as an adaptive cruise control system.
All of these were previously unavailable on the base model so the car should be considerably more rewarding to drive than its predecessor.
Some also suggested the infotainment system might be revised for this generation. While this has yet to be confirmed, it looks like it may be true.
The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica is not going to change all that much over the ongoing model.
In fact, it looks like it will continue to use roughly the same bodywork as before with the only real changes being the lights. The headlights may receive new DRLs while in the back we should see new LED clusters as well.
Some also suggested the wheels might be changed in order to make the Pacifica look a bit more muscular but we highly doubt anything like this will happen so soon. Even so, there are some strong rumors suggesting new trim levels might be added into the mix.
These could be released as special edition models, likely a blacked out version and a slightly more over-the-top one, in order to appeal to a much wider selection of people.
Engine and Specs of 2018 Chrysler Pacifica
The base version of the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica is going to be powered by the same 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine as before.
This is currently good for up to 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque which is at the lower-end part of its class. Even so, this is more than enough to get the car to 60 MPH in as little as 7.3 seconds and get it to a limited top speed of more than 120 MPH.
This is also mostly thanks to a highly capable 9-speed automatic which is expected to be carried over unchanged. The option will come in the form of a 3.6 liter naturally aspirated hybrid.
This will not only offer a combined output of 260 horsepower and north of 300 lb-ft of torque but it will also be able to drive as much as 33 miles on electricity alone. Thanks to that it has the ability to basically use no fuel if the daily commute is shorter than those 33 miles.
The hybrid version of Pacifica uses the same 3.6-liter V-6 but slightly modified for better cooperation with two electric motors. The later powertrains are powered by 16-kWh lithium-ion battery.
This combo amasses fairly impressive 260 horsepower. The biggest advantage of hybrid 2018 Chrysler Pacifica is that it’s fuel efficient both on highways, city streets, and elevated mountain roads. The hybrid iterations are available only on Premium and Platinum trims.
Also, not only that 2018 Pacifica hybrid saves on fuel, it can save you money if you qualify for tax credits. Batteries can be charged in merely two hours when connected to a 240-volt outlet. When attached to a standard 120-volt household outlet it prolongs the charging to 14 hours.
The MPG ration for Pacifica Hybrid stands at 32 mpg/city; 33mpg/highway; and 32mpg/combined. Total mpg stands at 84mpg when using the entire hybrid system.
The price will be in the region of $43,000 for lower spec version. On the far end, Platinum trim starts at $46,000 and offers much more in equipment and features. Same as previous model it will offer 33 miles of only electric range.
It will hit the dealerships later in 2017 or early next year as 2018 MY.
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