All-New Chrysler Pacifica Receives Weight Reduction Award
The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica recently received an Altair Enlighten Award in the full-vehicle category for innovation in automotive weight savings, a result of the vehicle shedding nearly 250 pounds as compared to its predecessor. This award joins more than 50 others that the Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid models have earned.
Over half of the reduction can be directly attributed to the vehicle’s pioneering body structure, with engineers combining high-strength steel aluminum and cast-magnesium to eliminate 168 pounds from the vehicle’s weight without jeopardizing structural integrity or strength.
The revamped minivan now boasts a best-in-class EPA ratings of 28 mpg highway and a segment-leading city/highway combined 22 mpg. Given that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the minivan a Top Safety Pick+ rating and it also earned a five-star crash rating from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), you can rest assured that the weight loss has not affected its ability to protect you and your family.
Phil Jansen, Head of Product Development, FCA North America, declared in a press release, “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.”