The new Chrysler Pacifica, which replaces the reputable Town & Country minivan, uses a combination of reduced body weight, a freer-breathing, a redesigned V-6 engine, and a nine-speed automatic transmission to take command of the minivan fuel economy world.
With 28 mpg highway, the new Chrysler Pacifica ties with the Honda Odyssey for top fuel efficiency!
The FCA is also working on a hybrid version of the Pacifica due later on sometime this fall. FCA says the Pacifica hybrid will travel 30 miles on electric power alone and is expected to carry an astounding EPA rating of 80 MPGe.
The Pacifica’s EPA rating is 18 city, 28 highway and 22 combined; the highway rating is 12 percent higher than the outgoing Town & Country, according to the FCA.
Engineers also used lightweight high-strength steel and magnesium to reduce the curb weight of the Pacifica by 250 pounds over the Town & Country.
Under the hood, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 underwent a major redesign that adds a new variable valve timing system with two operating modes, both of which improve combustion and reduce the amount of effort needed to pump air and fuel into the engine and spent exhaust gasses out of it.
The redesigned engine has a cooled exhaust gas recirculation system to decrease combustion chamber temperatures. FCA engineers increased the compression ratio from 10.2:1 to 11.3:1. The higher the compression ratio, the more power an engine will have.
The redesigned engine does not need premium gasoline, and runs perfectly fine on regular.
The powertrain also some very big changes. FCA claims that the Pacifica is the first minivan with a nine-speed transmission.
The Pentastar V-6 engine has become a powerhouse for FCA. More than 5 million have been sold since it debuted in 2011.
“Such success brings enormous responsibility,” said Bob Lee, head of engine, powertrain and electrified propulsion and systems engineering for FCA North America. “We focused our efforts on improving efficiency and providing greater customer satisfaction in a package that delivers superior value.”
Further on in the year, the FCA plans to further improve the vehicle’s fuel economy when a start-stop system becomes available. Start-stop systems can improve city fuel economy as much as 6 percent.
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