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Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

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I put in my order for a 2018 Pacifica Limited on Sept. 9.

Its been a bit of a journey. My wife was initially dead set against another Chrysler product, until she had a chance to see the PacHy at the Detroit auto show in January and to test drive it in early June.

We were all set to get a 2017 in June, but the dealer couldn't do a trade for the colour we wanted. So I found one myself at another dealer.

Then the recall. FCA Canada wouldn't allow the vehicle to be sold without the recall addressed. So we reserved it with the dealer, and he was going to let us know when we could pick it up.

After all this waiting, we decided to order a 2018 on Saturday from the local dealer (different than the one we had reserved at). On Monday the other dealer calls and says we can pick up the car. Sorry, we decided to order new.

Now the factory is entering a planned shutdown for retooling starting Oct. 2 for 4 weeks. But we'll get it eventually.

It'll be nice to be a 2-plug-in family. If only there were a plug-in that could tow a fifth wheel, we'd be all set.
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I will truly be interested when someone does an AWD pure BEV van that has at least 250 mile range and fast charging. I wonder who will be first to build this?
I know that many folks are turned off to minivans for their "family/grocery getter image", but my perception is that the modern minivan is packed with innovation and practical features and is the perfect "one vehicle" solution for folks that want max utility combined with luxury features. An AWD pure BEV feature packed minivan (along the lines of the Pacifica) should be a hugh success because I think it could be offered in a number of configurations that would offer wide appeal.
The Tesla Model X is an awesome vehicle as an SUV, but it doesn't offer the flexibility or practicality that a conventional minivan design would offer. IF it had dual power sliding doors and folding seats for a true flat floor cargo area it would be closer to fitting the bill as a luxury/utility vehicle.
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