We now have 2 grand kids and I need to haul 4 adults and 2 kids in car seats 3 to 4 times a month, even our Equinox can't carry this load.When I bought my volt 5 years ago, I did not have kids. Now I have 2. I foresee a Pacifica in my future
So the Hybrid Pacifica may have a smaller electric traction motor than what we all expected. It seems similar to what Toyota and Ford have in their hybrid models. This is just what I learned in a YouTube Video from Weber Tech about EDUs, and the video commentator mentiond that the Hybrid Pacifica would have such a similar EDU as the Ford's HF35. I mentioned this concept here a week ago, and it may be true now that Chrysler licensed the Ford EDU for their Pacifica Hybrid.One piece of info in the video that I had not seen published before is the ICE will turn on if you floor it.
Wait until the NAIAS happens next month. The "Wall Street Journal" has leaked out that GM will offer a new Chevy Traverse model for 2018. If it is a hybrid/EREV, then your dream SUV has arrived!We now have 2 grand kids and I need to haul 4 adults and 2 kids in car seats 3 to 4 times a month, even our Equinox can't carry this load.
I have one that behaves similarly and it's not the end of the world. Trust me.One piece of info in the video that I had not seen published before is the ICE will turn on if you floor it.
I think this looks as good as the SUVs and CUVs. The two women on the show thought the same BTW. Since women may very well be the driving force behind this purchase, that may count for something.Pacifica Hybrid definitely in our future. Pretty compelling package, even if it is a minivan!
I don't think you would get full performance in EV mode with the Voltec drive train. A souped up version of the Voltec drive train is in the CT6 hybrid and it doesn't have full performance in electrical mode -- it's a PHEV rather than an EREV. Just too much mass for the pack and motors.The Pacifica is a very exciting vehicle. I'd love to see a bit more range and pure EV over the entire performance envelope until the battery is depleted but these are not show stoppers.
I think a Gen 2 Voltec drivetrain would be better in these respects and wish GM would offer it in an electrified truck or van. I think Equinox/Terrain will offer a Voltec hybrid soon as this would be pretty similar to the drivetrain in the Malibu Hybrid, but I prefer the Pacifica's larger cargo capacity and the fact that is a plug-in with a significant amount of all electric range. I'm a woodworker so the ability to transport full sheets of plywood and 10-12 foot planks of hardwood is important to me.
AWD sells CUVs and Minivans, that's true. But when it comes to real world use a set of snow tires will do much better than AWD. The problem isn't getting going, the problem is control when you are trying to turn or stop on ice or snow, and no matter how many wheels you used to get up to speed, they won't help you stop or turn. Plus, AWD components are now fighting for the space and weight needed for the battery and drive motors.There's one key problem with it, and that's 2WD.
People here keep asking for SUV form-factor, but that's not really going to do great in the segments if they can't deliver a decent AWD system.