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Under the hood is the familiar 3.6-liter V-6 from the standard Pacifica, but it has been revised for hybrid duty with new pistons, camshafts, and valves, and it adopts the Atkinson combustion cycle for improved fuel efficiency. Under the second-row floor (where the Stow ’n Go seats could otherwise be stashed) is a 16.0-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that Chrysler estimates will provide up to 30 miles of pure-electric driving before the gasoline engine is needed; two hours on a 240-volt connection should net a full charge (14 hours is required on 120 volts). All of this is par for the course when it comes to plug-in-hybrid powertrains, but it’s the Pacifica hybrid’s eFlite electrically variable transmission that sets it apart.

Many hybrid drive systems use two AC motor/generators for propulsion, to recapture energy during coasting and braking and to regulate the engine’s drive ratio, and the new eFlite transaxle is no different. It was developed in-house by Fiat Chrysler engineers and uses a planetary gearset and a one-way clutch to direct torque from the two electric motors and the engine to the differential. Chrysler says the system is more compact than rival setups and boasts greater efficiency. Brand officials are being coy about it, but the system’s compact size should make it easier to adapt the powertrain to a variety of future products within the FCA family. For the Pacifica hybrid, Chrysler is estimating city fuel-economy ratings as high as 80 MPGe.

Not everything is as well sorted as in the regular model, though. The brake pedal feels limp and nonlinear underfoot, making it difficult to apply the right amount of braking power. And the gasoline engine, while smooth and surprisingly quiet when cruising, sends an unrefined shiver into the cabin when kicking on during heavy throttle takeoffs. We imagine that these issues eventually will fade into the background for owners, but they did take us a portion of the day to acclimate to and could be improved.

Only subtle changes were made to the exterior styling, such as the wave-textured front grille, model-specific 18-inch aluminum wheels, and teal-accented Chrysler logos. The Pacifica hybrid’s interior will be familiar to those who have seen the regular van; it has the same soft-touch plastics, plethora of USB ports, thoughtful placement of cupholders and storage bins, and Chrysler’s easy-to-use Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system. A driver-facing 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster is standard and features hybrid-specific information such as operating mode, total range, and eco-friendly driving tips.

Opting for the hybrid model does come with one big compromise, which we mentioned earlier: Chrysler’s signature Stow ’n Go second-row seats aren’t available since the underfloor seat-storage cavities are filled with battery cells. While not ideal, this does at least rectify one of our main gripes about the standard Pacifica—second-row seat comfort. Since the middle seats no longer need to fold compactly to fit under the floor, they boast more padding and are far more comfortable.

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