New 2007 Chrysler Pacifica Rolls Ashore with Added Performance, Standard Safety Features and an Unmistakably Elegant Style
* New 4.0-liter engine is the most powerful naturally aspirated V-6 engine in the Chrysler lineup * New six-speed automatic transmission results in an inspired driving experience * Standard side curtain air bags and Electronic Stability Program among added standard safety features * First-class interior experience enhanced with new features including YES Essentials(R) cloth seats that resist stains, odor and static
CHELSEA, Mich., June 22 -- Chrysler Group rolls out a fresh Chrysler Pacifica model lineup that offers an enhanced driving experience to match the inspired style, safety and flexibility of the vehicle. With a new 4.0-liter single overhead cam (SOHC) aluminum V-6 engine mated to an all-new six-speed transmission that offers increased horsepower and torque, abundant standard safety features, YES Essentials(R) stain resistant, odor resistant, anti-static seat fabric and a design that reflects the "face" of Chrysler, the 2007 Chrysler Pacifica offers more performance, added standard safety features, added versatility and a first-class interior experience.
In addition to the updated exterior, new engine and new transmission, the 2007 Chrysler Pacifica models offer more standard safety features including all-row side curtain air bags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Electronic Throttle Control (ETC), traction control and an available ParkView(TM) rear back up camera. With a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for front- and side-impact, and four stars (the highest rating of vehicles tested in its class) for roll-over, Pacifica offers best-in-class safety without sacrificing style or performance.
"Get behind the wheel of the 2007 Chrysler Pacifica to feel the increased horsepower and torque that the new 4.0-liter engine and six-speed transmission provide; it's a great driving experience," said Larry Lyons, Vice President - Front-wheel Drive Product Team. "We've also added standard safety features including all-row side curtain air bags, ESP, all-speed traction control and brake assist that offer consumers peace of mind when traveling."
Offering the capability of all-wheel drive in a stylish vehicle with the flexibility and utility of an SUV or minivan, but the fuel economy and safety of a passenger car, the 2007 Chrysler Pacifica is perfectly positioned for active individuals and families who want to arrive at their destination in style. With first-class seating including available heated first- and second- row leather seats, dual-zone temperature controls, Bluetooth(TM) compatible UConnect(TM) hands-free communication system and SIRIUS satellite radio, the new 2007 Chrysler Pacifica fits in at the country club or the soccer field.
Introduced originally in the spring of 2003, the Chrysler Pacifica was targeted to reach the more than 2.3 million consumers moving between traditional vehicle segments each year. Combining the best attributes of a minivan, passenger car and SUV in one stylish vehicle, the Chrysler Pacifica came to market as one of the first vehicles in the sports tourer segment. As the segment continues to evolve, the Chrysler Pacifica leads the way.
The 2007 Chrysler Pacifica appeals primarily to active families with older children at home. They want a vehicle with premium amenities that handles like a car, has sport utility-like capability, offers the roominess of a minivan and has an upscale appearance, for a price that makes sense. The typical Pacifica consumer is a married female between the ages of thirty-five and fifty who is a college graduate, has an average annual household income of $85,000 and has children over the age of 10 at home.
Elegant Design Enhances Clever Features and Interior Flexibility
The original Pacifica was designed with a handsome, protective appearance. It offered a stylish exterior with a first-class, flexible interior experience that didn't compromise safety and security. The new 2007 Chrysler Pacifica takes that starting point and enhances it with an exterior makeover that gives it a more contemporary look, keeping pace with the rest of the Chrysler showroom.
"The Chrysler Pacifica has always been an elegant, distinguished vehicle," said Joe Dehner, Director - Exterior Design. "The 2007 Pacifica adds more contemporary exterior cues and attributes in line with the Chrysler brand, while keeping the first-class interior design features that our customers love."
Design cues that bring the "protector" appearance to life for the 2007 Pacifica include a broad-shouldered, wide stance, emphasized by a protective and distinguished "face." A sleek, solid exterior with a crisp, distinctive character line that begins at the front wheel opening and ramps up slowly toward the rear emphasizes the vehicle's beltline.
Chrysler-brand-inspired strakes on the hood, the "face of Chrysler" headlamps, full-width chrome accent strip on the front fascia, a new grille with three horizontal bars and the distinctive Chrysler "winged badge" are some of the exterior design attributes that give the new 2007 Chrysler Pacifica its distinctive and recognizable style.
The Chrysler Pacifica interior follows the same clean, sculptured, elegant flow of the exterior. The vehicle features easy step-across entry and exit and chair-height seats that give passengers a sense of security and a commanding view of the road. Other new interior features for 2007 include YES Essentials stain resistant, odor resistant, anti-static cloth seats, a new two-tone instrument panel and door trim, revised instrument cluster graphics and five- or six-passenger seating for a stylish, solid and secure ride.
"The 2007 Chrysler Pacifica gives first- and second-row passengers the feeling of traveling first-class," said Dehner. "With the improved driving experience, the style of the 2007 Pacifica had to keep pace."
The 2007 Chrysler Pacifica Limited model incorporates exclusive design cues, including a monochromatic exterior, interior seating and trim as well as standard 19-inch chrome-clad wheels.
Inspired Driving Performance Matches Inspired Design and Utility
The new 2007 Chrysler Pacifica provides an enhanced driving experience with a new 4.0-liter SOHC V-6 engine, the most powerful naturally aspirated V- 6 engine in the Chrysler lineup. It is mated to a new six-speed transmission. The 2007 Chrysler Pacifica is the first Chrysler Group vehicle to offer the 4.0-liter V-6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission.
The new engine utilizes a long stroke for the improved low rpm torque, which provides quick and impressive engine response around town and offers the power consumers expect from a world-class V-6 engine. The 4.0-liter V-6 engine produces 255 hp @ 6000 rpm and 265 lb. ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm, which is 15 more lb. ft. of torque at peak power rpm, and as much as 35 lb. ft. more torque throughout the power curve than the previous 3.5-liter V-6 engine.
"The 2007 Pacifica's new 4.0-liter, V-6 engine improves the torque curve in the low- to mid-range for more pep during acceleration from idle," said Bob Lee, Vice President - Powertrain Engineering. "Reductions in powertrain noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) also rank the new Pacifica among the best-in- class."
When developing the 4.0-liter engine, Chrysler Group engineers focused on five primary Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) metrics: engine vibration at the powertrain mounts, radiated noise, crank shaft torsionals, induction snorkel noise and sound quality. Attention to these metrics resulted in an improved engine design, which includes new main bearing diameters on the crankshaft, lower reciprocating mass piston and rod assemblies, an improved block and oil pan structure, reduced bearing clearance, low rumble intake manifold and an equal-length dual exhaust. During development of the 4.0-liter engine for the 2007 Chrysler Pacifica, the following design changes were made:
* Modified powertrain mount cradle assembly including new powertrain mounts and mount tuning * New, larger halfshafts * New accessory drive package * New electronically controlled clutch on all-wheel-drive models * Modified engine cooling system * New front bearings * New power transfer unit mounting structure and input shaft * New powertrain system calibration * New dual exhaust system with two mufflers and resonators
The 4.0-liter V-6 is a single overhead camshaft, 24-valve engine that utilizes a semi-permanent mold cast aluminum block with iron liners and cast aluminum cylinder heads.
Added Horsepower, Added Torque and More Gears Equals an Enhanced Driving Experience
When the new 4.0-liter engine is mated to the new six-speed automatic transmission, the new powertrain in the 2007 Chrysler Pacifica gives consumers more horsepower, more torque and an enhanced driving performance.
"Overall powertrain NVH is improved with the new six-speed transmission because the added gear ratios within the transmission allow lower engine operating speeds for the same vehicle speed," said Lee. "The new six-speed transmission also was designed to increase the peak launch torque capacity by 30 percent, allowing greater acceleration at start."
The new six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all Pacifica models equipped with 4.0-liter V-6 engines. Building on the capability of Chrysler's four-speed automatic transmission, the six-speed automatic transmission adds two new primary gear ratios and a secondary ratio for optimized passing performance at highway speeds. The gear ratios of the six- speed transmission enable the engine to work more efficiently at lower speeds providing a pleasant driving experience.
Part and process commonization allowed Chrysler Group engineers to develop the six-speed transmission in a shorter period of time and at a lower investment cost than previous transmissions without sacrificing durability or quality.
Five-star Safety and Security Without Sacrificing Style or Functionality
Safety was paramount in the design of the Chrysler Pacifica. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rated the Chrysler Pacifica 5- star for front- and side-impact, and four stars (the highest rating of vehicles tested in its class) for roll-over.
The 2007 Chrysler Pacifica enhances the existing safety features by adding standard all-row side curtain air bags, standard ESP, traction control and brake assist. A ParkSense rear back up system and ParkView rear back up camera also are available.
"Chrysler Pacifica is designed to give drivers and other occupants peace of mind while traveling," said Lyons. "Loaded with safety and security features, the 2007 Chrysler Pacifica offers a wide stance, with suspension, steering and ride calibrated for optimal handling and stability."
2007 Chrysler Pacifica Model lineup 2007 Chrysler Pacifica Front-wheel-drive (FWD) Model
Standard features on the 2007 Pacifica FWD model include a 3.8-liter V-6 engine with 205 horsepower and 235 lb. ft. of torque, four-speed automatic transmission with Variable Line Pressure (VLP) and Auto Stick, 2+3 five- passenger seating, rear 65/35 split folding bench seat, YES Essentials stain resistant, odor resistant, anti-static cloth seating, supplemental all-row side-curtain air bags, four-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS), Brake Assist, ESP, traction control, four-wheel independent suspension equipped with premium five-link rear suspension, multi-stage driver and front-passenger air bags with Occupant Classification System (OCS), LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) Child Seat Anchor System, driver-side inflatable knee blocker, sunscreen glass, rear window defroster, power heated fold-away mirrors, illuminated keyless entry with Sentry Key(R) engine immobilizer, air conditioning with manual dual zone temperature control, four-gauge instrument cluster with analog clock, rear window wiper/washer, power locks, power windows, one-touch up front door glass, power eight-way driver seat and four- way front passenger seat, tire pressure monitoring system, lower bodyside molding, speed control, AM/FM CD radio with Infinity(R) speakers, steering wheel mounted audio controls, 140 amp alternator, performance suspension, load leveling and height control, tilt steering column, BeltAlert, front seatback grocery bag hooks, 12-volt front and rear power outlets and 17-inch steel wheels.
Optional features on the 2007 Chrysler Pacifica FWD model include a Leather seating Value Group, power ten-way driver seat, ParkSense rear back-up system, an Entertainment Group that includes an in-dash CD/DVD with second-row eight-inch video screen and video remote control, AM/FM CD/DVD player that plays most DVDs and MP3s, six-disc in-dash CD/DVD changer, Smoker's Group and heated front seats.
2007 Chrysler Pacifica All-wheel-drive (AWD) Model
In addition to the standard features available on the Chrysler Pacifica FWD model, the 2007 Chrysler Pacifica AWD model adds a 4.0-liter SOHC engine with 255 horsepower and 265 lb. ft. of torque, six-speed automatic transmission with VLP and Auto Stick, ETC, Electronically Controlled Clutch (ECC), 160 amp alternator, all-speed traction control and 17-inch machine- finished aluminum wheels.
2007 Chrysler Pacifica Touring FWD and AWD Models
In addition to the standard features available on the Chrysler Pacifica models, the Chrysler Pacifica Touring model adds 2+2+2 six-passenger seating, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, air conditioning, Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) with dual zone control and air filtering, Vehicle Information Center, rear courtesy/reading lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel, HomeLink universal transceiver, power ten-way driver seat and four-way passenger seat and body color door handles.
In addition to the optional features available on the Chrysler Pacifica models, the Chrysler Pacifica Touring model is available with the following options: leather seats, heated first- and second-row seats, power adjustable pedals, Infinity Intermezzo surround sound with eight Infinity speakers with subwoofer, ParkView rear back up camera, in-dash navigation system with GPS, laminated door glass, entertainment group which includes six-disc, in-dash CD/DVD changer with second-row eight-inch video screen, wireless headphones and video remote control, power liftgate, power moonroof, fog lamps, rear view auto dim mirror, power heated fold away auto dim mirrors, radio/driver seat/mirrors memory, automatic headlamps, High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, premium tire pressure monitoring system that includes self-learning capability and display of specific tire that is low or high, UConnect(R) hands-free communication with Bluetooth(R) technology, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, 17-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels and 19-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels.
2007 Chrysler Pacifica Limited FWD and AWD Models
In addition to the standard and optional features available on the Chrysler Pacifica Touring model, the Chrysler Pacifica Limited model adds the following standard equipment: ParkSense rear back-up system, luxury leather trimmed first- and second-row bucket seats, wood/leather wrapped shift knob, rear view auto dim mirror, power heated fold away auto dim mirrors, heated first- and second-row seats, radio/driver seat/mirrors memory, automatic headlamps, fog lamps, body color fascias and body side body color molding, 19- inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels, power adjustable pedals with memory, power liftgate, six-disc in-dash CD/DVD changer, AM/FM/CD/DVD video/DVD audio/MP3 radio, power moonroof and premium tire pressure monitoring system that includes self-learning capability and display of specific tire that is low or high.
2007 Chrysler Pacifica models are available in the following colors: Modern Blue Pearl Coat, Marine Blue Pearl Coat, Magnesium Pearl Coat, Inferno Red Tinted Pearl Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Stone White Clear Coat, Cognac Crystal Pearl Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat and Linen Gold Metallic Pearl Coat
Driven by award-winning new models, the Chrysler brand has seen a dramatic increase in sales, market share and brand image, culminating in 2005 calendar year sales of 649,293 units -- an all-time Chrysler brand yearly sales record. Since 1990, Chrysler brand sales have jumped 251 percent. No other American automotive brand has grown as much during the same time frame.
"The Chrysler brand's succession of innovative product introductions continues to solidify the brand's standing as the leader in great design, purposeful technology and value," said David R. Rooney, Director - Chrysler Marketing and Global Communications. "With the launch of the new 2007 Chrysler Pacifica and the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen and 2007 Chrysler Sebring this year, the momentum for the Chrysler brand is sure to continue."
The 2007 Chrysler Pacifica is assembled at the Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The 3.8-liter and 4.0-liter engines are manufactured at the Trenton Engine Plant, Trenton, Michigan. The six-speed automatic transmission is manufactured at the Kokomo Transmission Plant, Kokomo, Indiana.