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FCA is Looking to Buy Electric Vehicle Platforms

 

Miami Lakes AutoMall Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) rumor mill is heating up again. This time, the talk of the town is that FCA is looking to invest in electrification. It’s no secret that FCA is one of the automakers with the least electrification in its lineup, something that poses a danger to the automotive giant as emissions regulations are slated to tighten across the globe. Experts agree that FCA finds itself in the “light-on-electrification” side of things, although the automaker has somewhat invested in mild-hybrids and plug-ins — with several on the way! Now it appears that FCA is looking to commit to electrification innovation for good, and is likely searching for partners in its search for fully electric powertrains. Read the rest of this entry >>

Tesla May Supply Fiat-Chrysler EVs with Batteries and Drivetrains

Eventually, Fiat Chrysler might get a valuable lifeline for their vehicles that are not electric as of yet. FCA CEO Mike Manley has mentioned that Tesla could very well provide batteries and drivetrains for Fiat-Chrysler electric cars that are coming in the future. The development and rollout of the plan are taken longer than expected, but there is progress on both sides. 

The comment was made by Manley after the release of FCA’s earnings spot, which happened on October 31, 2019. Just how much is on the table when it comes to the pooling deal? The CEO declined to answer. 

However, Manley did respond to a follow-up question on whether Fiat-Chrysler will be open to purchasing an all-electric platform from Tesla. The CEO answered that it could happen if FCA’s merger with the PSA Group goes through. For that to happen, Chrysler would need a valuable ally that is knowledgeable on all things electric vehicle technology. 

“It would be wrong of me to say no,” said Manley. Manley also discussed adding that drivetrains and batteries are most likely what FCA will be purchasing from Tesla. The CEO also mentioned that there’s a big possibility that the company is buying a “skateboard” platform from Tesla, which it would then use for its various brands.

This isn’t the first time that the idea of Tesla acting as a supplier for veteran automakers happened. They have engaged in other activities in the past during their early days. The then-small EV startup supplied Toyota with powertrains, which resulted in them being significant investors in the company.

While Manley addressed the point, he also added that Fiat-Chrysler’s pooling deal with Tesla would end in 2021. Manley also stated that the company’s main priority is still sustainability. “Our relationship with Tesla goes back a long way. It really has helped us. But FCA is absolutely committed to reducing CO2 emissions around the world,” said Manley. 

The idea of Tesla working with other suppliers was mentioned in the company’s recently-held Q3 2019 earnings. Elon Musk, CEO seemed optimistic about the idea of Tesla selling its components to other OEMs. When addressing the topic, Musk stated that such initiatives are in line with the electric car marker’s mission.

“It would be consistent with the mission of Tesla to help other car companies with electric vehicles on the battery and powertrain front, possibly on other fronts. So it’s something we’re open to. As a lot of people know, we open-sourced our patents so that those would not serve as an obstacle to the adoption of electric vehicles or solar power or stationary storage. And we’re definitely open to supplying batteries and powertrains and perhaps other things to other car companies,” he said.

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2020 Chrysler Pacifica Overview: Tech, Specs, and Prices

For prominent families, crossover and SUV vehicles are all the rage at the moment. When it comes to kid- and cargo-hauling, the minivan is what people think of. That’s where the Chrysler Pacifica comes in. 

The Chrysler Pacifica is known as one of the best vans available at the moment in the United States today, and the reason is valid. It comes from a trusted automaker. Chrysler invented the minivan segment in the 1980s, so they have credibility.         

The Pacifica entered the scene a few years ago, and it replaced Chrylser’s well-known and liked Town & Country minivan. The Town and Country had a 27-year run until the Pacifica replaced it in 2017. Pacifica added the plug-in hybrid model in 2018, and it offers improved fuel efficiency.  

Chrysler Pacifica Powertrain

The Chrysler Pacifica is offered in non-hybrid and hybrid options. The non-hybrid Pacifica comes with Chrysler’s  3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine. The V6 engine produces 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, and the power that it generates is sent to the front wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission. 

The fuel economy for the Pacifica is an EPA estimated 19 miles per gallon in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined. The Pacifica Hybrid uses an Atkinson-cycle version of the Pentastar V6 engine and has a 16-kilowatt-hour, lithium-ion battery. Chrysler states that the Hybrid has a total system output of 260 hp.  

Where the Pacifica Hybrid outshines is in its fuel economy. EPA states that the Hybrid’s miles per gallon are of similar rating to the 82 MPGe (miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent). The Pacifica will travel about 32 miles under electric power alone.  

Interior

The Chrysler Pacifica can seat up to seven or eight passengers, depending on the trim. What is the standard set up for the Pacifica? It consists of two captain’s chairs in the second row and a three-across bench in the third row; as an option, there is the eight-passenger seat, and it can replace the mentioned captain’s chairs with a full bench seat. 

The Pacifica has the Stow N’ Go seating, which is an innovative feature that Chrysler invented. The second and third-row seats on the Pacifica can be folded into the floor, allowing for a completely flat cargo area. The under-floor area can be used as additional storage when the seats are up. Due to the battery location in the hybrid, second-row Stow N’ Go is not available.

Technology

The Pacifica Touring and Pacifica Touring L come with a 7-inch multimedia display. The multimedia display runs the Uconnect infotainment software. The standard media on the vehicle comes with Bluetooth compatibility, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto integration. 

All of the Pacificas, including Hybrid models, come with a larger 8.4 touchscreen display as an option. The more robust Uconnect package adds HD Radio, and it can be had with the embedded navigation.

For 2020 the Pacifica is offering two entertainment options to the rear-seat riders. The Uconnect theater setup has a pair of seat-mounted touchscreens that allow for viewing DVDs. If it’s a more straightforward setup that buyers are going after than they’ll be to get a single, overhead DVD player.    

Standard, on the safety tech side, is the blind-spot monitoring, rear-view camera, and rear parking sensors. Several driver-assistance features are available as options, as well. Features are forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, parking assist, adaptive cruise control, and a surround-view camera. 

Pricing

The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica starts at 33,745 (plus destination fee). The Pacifica Hybrid comes in at 39,995 (plus destination fee). Here’s a full pricing rundown; all prices don’t include the destination charge.

  • Pacifica Touring: $33,745
  • Pacifica Touring L: $36,745
  • Pacifica Touring L Plus: $39,745
  • Pacifica Hybrid Touring: $39,995
  • Pacifica Hybrid Touring L: $42,295
  • Pacifica Limited: $44,695
  • Pacifica Hybrid Limited: $45,845

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