The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan has earned a highway-cycle fuel-economy rating of 28 miles per gallon (mpg) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, making the brand’s all-new minivan nine percent greener than the outgoing vehicle.

“The Pacifica isn’t just engineered for today,” says Mark Chernoby, Chief Operating Officer Product Development and Head of Product Portfolio Management for FCA’s Group Executive Council. “This vehicle is designed and crafted to enhance the lives of our customers for years to come.”

The all-new Pacifica’s efficiency is further reflected in its city- and combined-cycle fuel-economy ratings of 18 mpg and 22 mpg, respectively. The latter marks a 10-percent jump compared with the outgoing vehicle, while the former delivers a 5.9-percent gain.

The 2017 Pacifica has a redesigned 3.6-liter V-6 engine that features two-step variable-valve lift (VVL), cooled exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR) and innovative engine-weight reductions that boost the engine’s efficiency and performance.

Mated to the upgraded engine is the newest member of the FCA US TorqueFlite transmission family. The first nine-speed automatic ever featured in a minivan shifts smoothly and has an overall enhanced fuel efficiency. The all-new Chrysler Pacifica is nearly 250 pounds lighter than its predecessor.

There is no word on when the 2017 Pacifica will enter showroom floors, or when the Hybrid version will see its release. Check back to MotorWeek for a Road Test soon!