New Chrysler Pacifica a groundbreaking minivan

by Myron Love  . Jul 22 2016
Graeme Fletcher / Driving

Graeme Fletcher / Driving

Selkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep has stocked up on Chrysler’s 2017 Pacifica in anticipation of strong demand — and it looks like it was worth the bet.

“We made a special purchase of the new models,” says Andy Rewucki Jr. “We have the largest inventory in Canada. We had 20 in initially in early June. We still have 15 on the ground, and more on the way.”

Rewucki notes the new Pacifica is Chrysler’s biggest change in a couple of years. “It’s a completely new design inside and out. The Pacifica is also the most technologically advanced minivan ever built.”

Rewucki reports the Pacifica is best in its class in numerous categories such as highway fuel economy, horsepower and torque, towing capacity, entertainment system, touchscreen (the largest in its class), front-row legroom, seating and storage.

Rewucki adds the model is the only minivan that offers Stop ’n’ Go fold-in-floor seating (the vehicle seats eight) and in-floor storage in the second and third rows.

The Pacifica incorporates 37 minivan segment firsts, Rewucki points out.

Some of these include hands-free power sliding doors and foot-activated power liftgate, ri-pane panoramic sunroof (the sort of thing you get in high end luxury SUVs, Rewucki notes), in-vehicle embedded games and wireless device connectivity, ability to operate rear climate via touchscreens, power-folding third-row headrests and LED interior lighting.

Also in that list of minivan firsts are some of the 100 standard and optional safety and security features. Among new safety features are a surround-view camera, forward-collision warning and braking, lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist, rear park assist with active braking, electric park brake and safe hold technologies.

The pricing for the new model begins at $45,790 (including freight and PDI).

Rewucki notes that while the major market for the Pacifica is families, there has also been a lot of interest from retirees who go south for the winter.

“The vehicle is easy to get in and out of. It is a good vehicle for people from any walk in life.”

He adds that a new hybrid model is expected in a few months. It would be the first hybrid minivan. The hybrid model is expected to get 2.9 gasoline litre per 100 kilometres, electric-only driving range of 48 km and total driving range of more than 850 km on a full tank of fuel and battery charge.

“The last couple of months have been our best ever in terms of new car sales,” Rewucki says. “That is a testament both to our service and Chrysler’s products.”

New GM for Crown Automax

Harvey Brennan became Crown Automax’s new general manager at the beginning of April.

Brennan has been in auto sales for 40 years. He got his start with McNaught Pontiac and also worked for Ed Vickar and Terry Balkan both here and on the West Coast.

Before going to Automax, he spent 11 years managing one of the city’s leading used car operations.

The Dilawri Group made me a great offer,” he says. “They are good people to work for. I like the fact that customer satisfaction is of utmost importance.”