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Yes, the Pacifica PHEV is coming

by David Zatz on

According to unofficial sources within the company, Chrysler is now making transmission/motor assemblies for its plug-in hybrid minivan. Announced when the Pacifica was launched, the two-and-a-half-ton minivan is estimated to get the equivalent of 80 mpg on the city cycle while working off electrical power.

Auburn Hills is the designated electric-propulsion center of FCA, and this technology appears to be a continuation of past Chrysler Group and FCA US work. It relies on a transmission that includes two electric motors, with a gasoline V6 for added power and range.

The Pacifica Hybrid was announced as being scheduled for “the second half of 2016,” and a spokesman said it was still on track.

According to insiders, the company has increased the physical durability of the assembly since the prototypes were first shown. As Chrysler’s first hybrid since the old Durango/Aspen, the minivans’ reliability and durability will be critical to the success of future vehicles.

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