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Chrysler - Pacifica Concept [1]

Chrysler Pacifica Concept Takes Minivan Luxury to New Heights

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Oct. 29 -- Chrysler was first to introduce luxury to the minivan market segment in 1990 with Town & Country.

Since 1995, Town & Country sales have increased 117 percent.  Loaded with premium concept features, Chrysler Pacifica would soar even higher within the luxury minivan market segment.

"Our Pacifica concept minivan was inspired by the luxury and convenience offered in executive jet travel," said Neil Walling, Chrysler Corporation's Director of Design.  "We wanted Pacifica to bring the benefits of executive jet travel down to earth, into the minivan, and on to the road."

Pacifica, painted Light Pewter Pearl Coat, is instantly recognizable with a grille that features an egg-crate design with chrome edging similar to that of the all-new 1999 Chrysler LHS.  The winged Chrysler medallion adorns the grille while sculptured headlamp bezels house compact projector beams and turn signals which flow seamlessly into the hood.  Augmenting the headlamps are fog lamps that are molded into the lower fascia.

The luxury travel theme is established inside of the cabin.  Rear passengers are treated to two fully-reclining, adjustable power leather seats with power foot rests, similar to those offered in a first class luxury aircraft.  Seven passenger seating is accomplished with two jump seats and a split-bench 50/50 seat configuration.

The luxurious interior comes complete with airline-inspired overhead storage bins, overhead lighting, drop down video screen and woodgrain accents.

One of Pacifica's most distinguishing features are two sky lights that run the length of the roof.  "The sky lights are used to create an open, architectural feel inside," said Walling.  "We wanted passengers to feel like they were in their family room or some other special place."

Similar to executive air travel, storage items are strategically placed out of view.  Pacifica's roof is raised in order to provide space for interior overhead storage bins and a separate passenger-side exterior storage compartment which is perfect for storing wet skis or golf umbrellas.  A special golf bag rack system is built into the rear of the cabin and allows storage for up to four sets of golf clubs.

"Chrysler Pacifica is for those who like to travel first class," said Walling.

Pacifica Specifications:


Wheelbase: 119.3 inches

Overall Length: 200.7 inches

Overall Width: 76.8 inches

Overall Height: 78.0 inches

Front Track: 63.0 inches

Rear Track: 64.0 inches

Powertrain: 3.8-Liter V6

180 Horsepower

240 lb.-ft Torque

Wheels: 18-inch

Exterior: Light Pewter Pearl Coat

Raised roof with "in the roof" enclosed storage compartment

Dual sky lights that run length of roof

Interior:   Luxurious leather interior finished with Berber carpeting and woodgrain accents.

Unique moving visor system

Overhead console and drop down video screen

Unique floor console with foldout credenza

Dual rear seat power recliners with power foot rests

Airline-inspired overhead storage bins

Overhead lighting

Removable golf bag rack system for storage of up to four sets of golf clubs.

SOURCE: Chrysler


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