The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has earned a rating of Top Safety Pick+ for 2016 from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The achievement marks yet another minivan milestone for FCA US LLC, which pioneered the segment more than 30 years ago.
“Having sold more than 14 million minivans since inventing the segment in 1983, we know what’s important to minivan buyers,” says Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – FCA North America. “The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is the sum of all the knowledge we’ve accumulated about minivans and the people who are proud to own them. Among the things we know – safety is one of the most important purchase reasons and achieving the Top Safety Pick+ rating helps to establish Pacifica as the segment leader.”
While the all-new Pacifica achieves top scores for crashworthiness, the best safety features are those that help drivers avoid collisions. The Chrysler Pacifica’s Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system earns a rating of “superior,” the highest possible grade that IIHS awards for this technology.
The Pacifica’s system is called Forward Collision Warning-Plus. It features sensor-fusion technology, which combines the particular attributes of radar sensors and cameras for greater precision. The system only responds when camera and radar agree that a frontal impact appears imminent.
System response comprises audible and visual driver warnings and/or AEB. No other minivan features sensor-fusion technology; competitive systems employ either cameras or radar sensors.
Sensor-fusion, once reserved for luxury-segment vehicles, is the technology of choice at FCA US, says Mike Dahl, Head of Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance. “As AEB capability proliferates across our vehicle lineup, we are committed to using sensor-fusion technology,” Dahl says. “It is a significant stepping stone in our exploration of autonomousvehicle development, the next horizon for occupant safety.” Material choice is a key contributor to the all-new Pacifica’s outstanding crashworthiness. High-strength steel accounts for 72 percent of its body structure, 38 percent of which is Advanced High-Strength Steel (AHSS).
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica joins the 2016 Fiat 500X and 2016 Chrysler 200 on the list of vehicles to earn Top Safety Pick+ status for 2016. The Pacifica boasts more than 100 available safety and security features, from LaneSense Lane Departure Warning- Plus, to 360-degree Surround View, which provides a bird’s eye view of the vehicle and its surroundings – from the driver’s seat.