It's not a money maker for FCA so they wouldn't put too much marketing or sales effort into it. Consider it more as a proof of concept; Jeep is rolling out two PHEVs in 2020 with similar EV architecture. The minivan market is just way too small, as more and more people migrate to crossovers and SUVs; even with a niche product like a hybrid van, the only one available, isn't making it a sales success. But the tech will transfer nicely to other higher margin vehicles in the portfolio.I’m planning to purchase a 2020 hybrid. I would have settled for 2019 but the advanced safety tech is a must for me. My local dealer in FL has told me they can order 35th Anniversary 2020 hybrid model only. However, I want to take a look at this appearance package in a gas model first. Gas models with 35th Anniversary package are arriving at dealerships now. Honestly, I’m worried about FCAs commitment to this hybrid vehicle model. Per my search there are zero 2020 hybrids in inventory across US at start of Oct 2019, and incredibly low inventory on 2019 models, there are zero 2019/2018 in my region of the US with the advanced safety tech. This thinking that the 2020 hybrid vehicles are customer order only, if true, tells me FCA is not committed to this vehicle. How does a traditional US dealer sell vehicles he can not offer to customers for a test drive? Doesn’t make sense to me. I get it that these vehicles are not selling in big numbers, but no vehicles to test drive. Come on FCA!! Do you want to sell these vehicles or not?
How would no glovebox light help waymo?I think the hybrid's main customer is google; their purchases have far outweighed individual consumers. I believe it was designed in conjunction with waymo which also explains a few of their odd design decisions (no light in glovebox, no led headlights, comfier 2nd row seats, etc).
At least test drive a 2019, even if gasser. Hybrid will be the same only way better, as long as you don't overwhelmingly require 2nd row stow&go and towing.We are also looking at buying a 2020 PacHy. We’ve been told by the local dealer that they have some ordered but production is SLOW and the fastest way to get one on the lot is out a customer name on it. There aren’t any others available anywhere close to us. It is frustrating to have to place an order before getting to test drive or see it in person. For all you current owners out there, would you buy one again? With the reliability issues and fire scares we’re reading about on this site plus the supply issues, we are having some doubts. Thanks for your feedback.
Haha..., 7-12 weeks would be a dream. I am on week 16 and it hasn’t made any production progress in 45 days. Total halt since August. No answers from customer care. I was told it was escalated to corporate resources but it’s been several weeks with no answers other than they are looking into it. Uh-huh. Much like I am working on being a supermodel.I contacted Chrysler this week. They said there are no known delays in delivery of factory order hybrids and that the lead time is 7-12 weeks.
I just received the following response to my inquiry on timing of delivery for a vehicle ordered in June.
"Due to a supplier parts shortage, FCA is managing production of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid until the issue can be resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our customers and are working with the supplier to address this issue as quickly as possible."