The all-new highly anticipated 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has arrived in dealerships. A minivan that's highly anticipated? That's right. And Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) hosted a "Drive Away" event to kick off the vehicles' arrival in showrooms.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Minivans "Drive Away"
On Wednesday, April 27, FCA gathered more than 200 Chrysler Pacificas at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan for a "Drive Away" event. The vehicles were showcased side-by-side before local dealers in attendance drove them off. It was the largest ever "Drive Away" event hosted by FCA.
The FCA dealers in attendance were among the first to receive the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. Each of the dealers got into one of the hundreds of minivans and drove them off to their respective dealerships in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.
Now, according to FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne, you are about to see the Pacifica in the spotlight. The company plans to heavily advertise the minivan in May and June for the start of "minivan season." You may have already seen an ad from their "Dad Brand" campaign featuring comedian Jim Gaffigan and his family.
A Highly Anticipated Minivan?
Most people, at least at some level, choose their vehicles based on practicality. For families with multiple children, nothing is more practical than a minivan. With their sliding doors, roomy interiors, and (oftentimes) bucket seating, they are designed to serve families.
But there was still a problem. They were never cool. They lacked style. They lacked pizzazz. They were mockingly called boxes on wheels and were never fun to drive.
FCA is hoping to change all of that with the 2017 Pacifica. That's why they reengineered it from the ground up and went with a different name for one of their minivans for the first time in over 30 years.
All vans aim to offer the highest levels of functionality, versatility, and kid-friendly features possible, and the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is no different. But it also adds the one thing that's been missing from the segment: style.
- Functionality: The Pacifica boasts the largest interior of any minivan on the market with available 8-passenger seating, yet it's lighter than its predecessor. The lighter weight has allowed it to achieve a 10% gain in EPA-estimated combined fuel economy over its predecessor. Also, early reviews are praising the van for its smooth handling and quiet ride. Some are calling it possibly the best-driving Chrysler minivan yet.
- Versatility: The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has a roomy interior, a smooth ride, and is perhaps the most technologically-equipped vehicle of its kind. All trim levels offer handy Stow 'n Go second (on the non-hybrid version) and third row seating that allows you to rearrange the interior as you please and seat up to 8 passengers. Chrysler also boasts that the Pacifica offers 115 standard and available safety, security and technology features, 37 of which are minivan firsts. Buyers should be impressed by all the things this minivan can do.
- Kid-Friendly Features: As the minivan was designed for families, it only makes sense that they are equipped with features to make hauling the kids around as easy and hassle-free as possible. The Pacifica, which Chrysler calls the "ultimate family vehicle," has tons of available kid-friendly gadgets and features to keep the youngsters entertained on quick errand runs and road trips alike. For example, the Touring-L Plus and Limited trim levels come with the Uconnect theater system. This feature turns the backseat into kid heaven, as it comes with a Blu-ray/DVD player, wireless headphones, and two 10-inch touchscreen monitors.
- Stylish Design: This is where the Pacifica really sets itself apart from other minivans. While most minivans appear boxy and plain, the Pacifica has a fresh, bold and sleek design. Looking at it from the front, you can hardly tell that it's a minivan. It was reengineered to look more daring and muscular, and most agree that Chrysler was able to pull it off. It's a design that's quite stunning, and when you consider that it's a minivan, it's also a design that is unprecedented. If there was ever a van that could be considered "cool," this may be it.
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