It is no secret that the minivan segment is far from the most fuel efficient of the automotive space. That is all about to change with the upcoming reveal of the Pacifica Hybrid’s fuel economy. Unfortunately, we have some time before the electrified minivan gets its final ratings, but Chrysler just revealed the base Pacifica’s fuel economy, and it is decent in its own right.
According to test results, the 2017 Pacifica will deliver 18 mpg city, 22 mpg combined, and 28 mpg highway. These numbers represent increases of 5.9 percent, 10 percent, and 12 percent when compared to the outgoing Town and Country that it replaces.
What’s even more impressive about these numbers is where they position the Pacifica among its class. Its 28 mpg highway rating put it at the top of its class along with the Odyssey while its 22 mpg combined is second in its class. Its 18 mpg rating in the city, however, ties is for third with the Kia Sedona and Toyota Sienna.
Credit for these improvements goes to both the powertrain and the design of the van. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 gained a new two-step variable valve lift, cooled gas recirculation, and it lost a few pounds to help boost its efficiency. The new nine-speed auto transmission also helps out. On the design side of things, the Pacifica is 250 pounds lighter than its predecessor and features a 0.3 Cd.
While seeing another minivan gaining on the 30 mpg mark is amazing, this makes me wonder just how awesome the Pacifica Hybrid will be. According to Chrysler’s initial estimates, this electrified people hauler will travel up to 30 miles on electricity only and deliver up to 80 mpg-e. With this model set to arrive later in 2016, we should learn more about it soon.
Stay tuned for more details.