Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said today the pricing of its all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan will start at $29,590 for the entry-level model and start at $43,490 for the top-of-the-line model when delivery and destination charges are included.

At those prices, the new Pacifica is competitive with its two primary rivals — the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna — while also offering an all-new look aimed at attracting new buyers as well as new features inside.

The Auburn Hills automaker, which is credited for inventing the minivan segment, will offer five different trim levels of the new minivan when it goes on sale this spring. The pricing released today doesn’t include the cost of the Pacifica Hybrid, which is scheduled to go on sale later this year.

FCA’s pricing announcement for the Pacifica has been highly anticipated in the automotive for several reasons. First, the Pacifica will eventually replace two minivans — the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Chrysler Town & Country. That means FCA eventually hopes Pacifica’s sales volume will equal or exceed the combined sales of those two models.

Currently, the Dodge Grand Caravan starts at $22,095 and tops out at $30,995 while the Chrysler Town & Country starts at $29,995 and tops out at $40,645. FCA plans to continue making the Grand Caravan, a popular fleet vehicle, for another year or two.

The 2017 Pacifica also is the most important new car or truck the automaker will launch this year.

The Pacifica arrives in dealerships with an all-new, modern styling more reminiscent of the popular crossovers that have taken sales away from the minivan and is also equipped with new technology and innovation that the automaker says makes its price a bargain.

“The all-new Chrysler Pacifica is the new benchmark in the segment that we invented more than 30 years ago,” Timothy Kuniskis, head of passenger car brands for FCA North America, said in a statement. “The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica offers more features – and at a better value than our key competitors – on each and every trim level.”

The 2016 Honda Odyssey starts off at $30,300 for the entry-level model while its top-line model starts at $45,775 when delivery and destination charges are included. The 2016 Toyota Sienna entry-level model starts off at $29,750 while the top-of-the-line Sienna starts at $42,800.

FCA began producing the new Pacifica at its Windsor Assembly Plant last month. The automaker has invested more than $2.6 billion and will add about 1,200 workers at its Windsor Assembly Plant to support the launch of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

The Pacifica has been certified by the U.S. Envronmental Protection Agency with a combined city and highway fuel economy of 22 miles per gallon.



At the North American International Auto Show, Detroit Free Press auto critic Mark Phelan, Jake Fisher of Consumer Reports and Stephanie Brinley of IHS Automotive talk about what’s happening at the show.
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