How does 84 MPGe sound?

Chrysler's new Pacifica Hybrid is the first gasoline-electric minivan to hit the market – and it's pretty darn good, too. The van was originally expected to achieve an impressive 80 miles per gallon equivalent, but following government testing, the EPA is officially rating the 2017 Pacifica Hybrid at 84 MPGe. Hot damn.

But overall fuel economy isn't the whole story. EPA testing also confirms the Pacifica Hybrid has a total driving range of 566 miles, and its electric-only range is 33 miles. At its debut, Chrysler originally estimated a total range of 530 miles and an EV range of 30 miles.

The Hybrid is just as functional as every other version of the new Pacifica minivan, with seating for seven and over 140 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats removed. The only compromise is that the Hybrid doesn't feature the standard Pacifica's Stow 'N Go storage feature – the 16-kWh battery pack is located in the middle of the floor, instead.

There's more information in the press release below about the Pacifica Hybrid, including its powertrain that mates an electric motor to Chrysler's tried-and-true 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. The new Pacifica Hybrid goes on sale soon, priced from $41,995, or as low as $34,495 after available U.S. government incentives.

 

Source: Chrysler
Photos: John Beltz Snyder / Motor1.com

 

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