Newer, Lighter Chrysler Pacifica Receives Award

August 16th, 2017 by

The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has been revamped bumper to bumper and from the ground up, shaving off nearly 250 pounds in the process. That weight reduction recently earned the Pacifica an Altair Enlighten Award in the full-vehicle category for innovation in automotive weight savings. This is one of the more than 50 awards that the Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid models have now received.

More than half of the weight reduction can be attributed to the vehicle's innovative body structure. Engineers have used high-strength steel in the body, with strategic use of aluminum and cast-magnesium to cut 168 pounds from the vehicle's total weight without compromising the minivan's structural integrity or strength.

This reduced weight has led to best-in-class EPA rating of 28 mpg highway and a segment-leading combined city/highway rating of 22 mpg. Don't worry that the Pacifica's any less safe just because it's lost some weight, though. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the minivan with a Top Safety Pick+ rating, while it also earned a five-star crash rating from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In a press release, Phil Jansen, Head of Product Development – FCA North America, declared, "The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is a testament to our team’s engineering capability. It’s not only lighter than the vehicle it replaced; it’s longer, wider and more efficient. The Pacifica has also earned superior safety ratings and widespread media acclaim. We are proud to add the Altair Enlighten Award to its list of team achievements."

Visit our showroom at 1945 Interstate 10 S in Beaumont to learn more about the Chrysler Pacifica minivan. We proudly serve drivers from the Beaumont, Vidor, Nederland, Orange and Port Arthur areas.

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