Chrysler, the inventor of the minivan, is riding a wave of awards and rave reviews from diverse corners for its all-new 2017 Pacifica.The chart-topping Platinum model used at the Houston Auto Show was put into our hands for a weeklong trial right after the April event and we can report the plug-in hybrid is just as quiet and just as comfortable as its conventional siblings.Like other hybrid vehicles, a gasoline internal combustion engine and motor-generators power the Pacifica's drive wheels and, during deceleration, the latter create electricity, which is sent to a battery pack.Where the Pacifica takes a detour is that under certain driving conditions, a one-way clutch enables the motor typically used only as a generator to also drive the wheels.The plug-in Pacifica has a 16.5-gallon fuel tank (2.5 gallons smaller than the gas models) and a lithium-ion battery pack composed of 96 cells under the second-row seats.Even though the Pacifica's 0.30 coefficient of drag helps with fuel efficiency and wind noise, the vehicle's fluid bodywork - sleek for a van - is eye pleasing and suggests inspiration from a European aesthetic.All Pacifica Hybrids come with a hefty list of standard features, including remote start and keyless entry, security system, rear air conditioning and heater, three-zone climate control, a hybrid version of Chrysler's lauded Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 7-inch digital driver information display, leather-trimmed seats (heated front row), power sliding doors and liftgate, blind spot and cross-path detection and ParkSense rear camera and park assist.The Pacifica Hybrid Platinum comes standard with the Advanced SafetyTec group that helped the electrified minivan take home that top IIHS rating.The package includes adaptive cruise control with stop and go, full-speed forward collision warning and lane departure plus, advanced brake assist, parallel and perpendicular parking assist and automatic high-beams.The upgraded UConnect system features a 506-watt amplifier, 13 Alpine speakers, seatback video screens, Blu-Ray/DVD player, more USB and HDMI ports and a 115-volt auxiliary power outlet.
NYS Entity Status
NYS Filing Date
JANUARY 15, 2013
NYS DOS ID#
12 SPRING STREET
NYACK, NEW YORK, 10960
NYS Entity Type
DOMESTIC LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY
2013 - HYBRID POWER SYSTEMS LLC
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By Jeff Yip, Autos Correspondent - Monday Jul 17, 2017
The luxury midsize sedan now comes with Safety System Plus standard, meaning every 2017 ES has high-speed dynamic radar cruise control, pre-collision with pedestrian detection, intelligent high beams and lane-departure alert.For now, drivers can switch into sport mode, which sharpens performance response, changes the virtual gauge cluster illumination to red and replaces the hybrid system information indicator with a tachometer.The ES comes with plenty of creature comforts at no extra charge, including moonroof, rain-sensing wipers, sound-deadener for the floor pan, outside mirrors with turn signals, LED low beams and wrap-around taillights, fog lamps, multifunction steering wheel and 10-way adjustable power front seats.Other nifty touches include sensors that illuminate the car inside and out (puddle lamps in the side mirrors) and the climate system automatically switches to inside air recirculation if sensors detect foul air like diesel exhaust.The luxury package ($1,670) bundles heated/ventilated seats, leather-trimmed interior with embossed pattern, wood trim on center console and cup holders but requires the power rear sunshade, Bi-LED headlamps, wood steering wheel and blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert.The ultra luxury package ($3,000) features panoramic glass roof for back seat light, ambient lighting, driver's seat cushion extender, power tilt telescopic, manual door sunshades, passenger seat memory and upgraded leather trim.There's one catch: to get the ultra bundle, buyers must either add the Mark Levinson/navigation system or just navigation ($1,470).Since drivers with decent data plans can usually use their phones to stream turn-by-turn directions, news or entertainment via Bluetooth, a smart double play to consider is opting for the premium package, which adds real wood trim, power tilt/telescoping wheel, memory seats and remote keyless entry for a reasonable $730, and the blind-spot and rear cross traffic alert for $500.Navigation/Mark Levinson audio, $2,590; luxury package, $1,670; LED headlamps, $515; blind spot monitor/rear cross traffic alert, $500; parking assist, $500; power open/close trunk, $400; heated wood and leather steering wheel, $450
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By G. Chambers Williams III, Autos Correspondent - Thursday Jul 6, 2017
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