Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Central Florida
Upon taking a close look at many different Pacificas yesterday, we noticed a few different things, this was the first time we were able to see all the different trim levels side by side... It seems that FCA made the Hybrid 7 seater only, possibly due to the alternative access available through the center to the 3rd row. This would be crucial when there would be two child seats in the 2nd row in both captain's chairs, whereas you cannot get access into the 3rd row easily by just moving the seat forward if a car seat is buckled in. It was an ah ha moment and became very apparent when we started moving things around and getting in and out of the 3rd row area.
Also, the reason why the 2nd row seats can't tilt forward with a child seat in place is due to the mechanical hinges needed for that operation to "swing down" that go under the floor pan, and this is where the Hybrid batteries are located. I imagine there is some way to make that work, although would require a full re-engineering of the seat bracket and hinges assembly.