Pacifica Hybrid Engine Exposé

March 8th, 2019 by

The heart of any vehicle is the motor in which it runs, as it is what makes the car perform. Being a hybrid doesn’t deviate from that fact. Which is why Chrysler worked so hard on giving the Pacifica Hybrid an engine that benefited the vehicle.  


The engine that comes standard with the Pacifica Hybrid is the 3.6-liter V6 engine which also comes with two electric motors that combined, make up to 260 horsepower. Included in the standard package is are the front-wheel drive and an automatic continuously variable transmission. The acceleration does a sudden stop, and the changes between the electric and gas power are hardly noticeable.   

Most of the hybrid vehicles available use a regenerative braking system, which takes energy produced from stopping and then transfers it to the hybrid battery to be used again in the future. Much like the traditional system, Pacifica Hybrid’s brakes are reliable and responsive. In the event of a crisis, the Pacifica Hybrid can pull away from a stop quickly thanks to its available electric torque, and as you keep moving, the powertrain will transition smoothly from all-electric to gas propulsion.  

As for the driving and handling, the Pacifica Hybrid is poised at handling the cornering abilities. The regenerative brakes operate evenly, and the ride is comfortable. The hybrid batteries help give the Pacifica Hybrid a lower center of gravity which improves the quality of the ride as well.   


As for the battery used on the Hybrid is the lithium-ion battery. On a single charge, the engine can deliver up to 32 miles. It can be peaceful knowing that while you’re busy doing chores at home or while you’re resting from a long day, your battery will be charging and in a couple of hours, it is ready to use.

The hybrid-vehicle can charge in two full hours with the 16-kWh battery using a 240-volt Level 2 charger. However, to be able to install the charger at your house, you’ll have to go through the dealer for professional installation. As it is the first plug-in minivan, owners can relax in knowing that they have a 10-year/150,000-mile warranty that covers the battery pack.    

When the hybrid only runs on battery power, it reaches its top speed of 75 mph, while if it was working alone on the FCA’s classic 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, it generates 260 horsepower. The hybrid comes with an electric motor and generators paired with a single-input electrically variable transmission (EVT). Meaning one motor powers the driver-assist tech and charges the battery, while the other engine provides primary drive to the wheels.   

According to “the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid employs a one-way clutch, which allows the motor that is customarily used, only as a generator, to send torque to the wheels, which depends on the driving conditions”. The results are increased efficiency, improved and refined component packaging. What makes it all work is the innovative eFlite EVT.

When the battery depletes, the Hybrid becomes a part-time electric vehicle. It efficiently maximizes energy needs in existing conditions. The power for the wheels is delivered through the electrical drive system, or it can also be served by a specially-adapted version of the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. 

The hybrid engine has an Atkinson cycle combustion system which makes for better pumping efficiency and doesn’t meddle with the performance. The reason is the hybrid electric motors are working together with the engine when the full load performance is needed. The Atkinson cycle has the intake valve open for longer before burning, which helps to decrease pumping losses for increased efficiency.   

For the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, the front cover and front accessory drive system were re-engineered to regard for the removal of the alternator and power steering pump. Further upgrades to the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, was the friction reduction improvements and the ignition and fuel injection improvements. Goodbye to the two-step valve lift and cooled exhaust gas recirculation.     


The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid combines electric range with a fuel-efficient engine producing a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The standard charging cord is a portable Level 1 120-volt that is kept in a bag for housing in a cargo-bay wall bin below the left-rear side of the window. But with the Level 1 120-volt charger, the Pacifica Hybrid can be fully recharged in 14 hours. If you find yourself out and about the charger in charging stations is the 240-volt charger, and it can also be installed at home.     

Not to worry if you find yourself in need of a charge. Finding locations that offer charging stations do not have to be a struggle. There are enough apps in the app store that make finding free public chargers and help drivers connect with other drivers.

ChargePoint, the largest electric vehicle charging network, serves 35,192 total charging spots, which includes workplaces, homes, shopping malls, and parking garages. ChargePoint also allows users to locate open stations, prices and the type of chargers available. The app will show busy charging times and will enable drivers to get waitlisted so they can wait in line while a spot opens up.   

If you’re using a Pacifica Hybrid internationally, don’t think that you won’t be able to charge it. The PlugShare app can locate charging stations in both the US and internationally as well. With using the interactive map, users can see what charging ports are opened and can also search for a type of station- high power, public or residential.      

Are you interested in test driving the 2019 Chrysler Hybrid Pacifica? Stop by Hollywood Chrysler Jeep located in Hollywood, FL or visit our website for all available 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Inventory.

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