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Toronto 2016: Chrysler Pacifica, the reborn minivan

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is lagging behind most automakers when it comes to vehicle electrification. Yet, they are about to launch the industry’s first minivan available with plug-in hybrid technology.

The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, which made headlines following its global premiere in Detroit last month, arrives in Canada where it is almost guaranteed to be a hit. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Chrysler used it on a crossover from 2004-2008. 

In standard, gas-powered configuration, this Town & Country replacement uses a 287-horsepower Pentastar V6 engine. Meanwhile, in plug-in hybrid guise, a 16kWh lithium-ion battery allows a zero-emission range of 48 kilometres (total range is estimated at 850 kilometres).

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica will be available in dealer showrooms this spring, with the Pacifica Hybrid arriving in the second half of 2016. Pricing has yet to be announced.