In 2017, the VMI Chrysler Town & Country wheelchair van was retired and replaced with the new Chrysler Pacifica chassis. This new, safer, state-of-the-art chassis has quickly become one of VMIs top-sellers and is available with their Access360 Northstar wheelchair van conversion featuring a power, in-floor ramp system. The Northstar wheelchair accessible conversion provides unobstructed 360-degree maneuverability for most wheelchairs on the market today.
The VMI Northstar, Chrysler Pacifica wheelchair accessible van features: Astonishing 15-inch lowered floor; 56-inch door opening height; One-piece in-floor ramp system with 1000 lbs. capacity; 30-inch wide ramp; SURE DEPLOY™ power backup system; Removable and interchangeable position – driver and passenger seating; 5.25-inch ground clearance; and much more!
The Pacifica handicap wheelchair van from VMI, utilizes a full power, in-floor ramp design to create an open, unobstructed interior space for the wheelchair user and his/her passengers and can comfortably seat up to 5+1.
The Chrysler Pacifica handicap accessible wheelchair van conversion is available on the Touring, Touring L, Touring Plus, and Limited models only.
The VMI Northstar, Chrysler Pacifica wheelchair van conversion features a patented, ultra-low, in-floor power ramp system that allows for safe entry and exit. The ramp conveniently stows and deploys from underneath the floor, creating additional interior space and maneuverability for all passengers. The ramp is 30 inches wide and made from a high strength aluminum alloy that can support loads up to 1000 lbs.
In an effort to reduce the vehicles ramp angle to make it easier for the wheelchair user to enter and exit the VMI Northstar, Chrysler Pacifica wheelchair van features an automatic, integrated “kneeling” system. The kneeling system activates when the deploy ramp command is initiated from the key-fob or set of interior switches. Once activated, the on-board computer engages an electric actuator mounted on the rear passenger side of the vehicle. The job of the actuator is to lower the vans ramp side, reducing ramp angle. This option can also be turned off or on with a switch on the dash. With the kneeling system engaged, the ramp angle is reduced to 8-degrees.
The obstacle-free front seats on the VMI, Chrysler Pacifica handicap van allows for easy removal and installation. This option helps create multiple seating arrangements for the wheelchair user and passengers. The space inside is large enough to accommodate two wheelchairs side-by-side if needed. An exclusive on the VMI Northstar, Chrysler Pacifica handicap wheelchair van – the front seats are interchangeable to their positions which allows a driver and wheelchair passenger to easily switch positions or vice versa.
All VMI Northstar, Chrysler Pacifica wheelchair van conversions have floors that are built using galvaneal steel. These floors are also E-coated for optimal rust and corrosion prevention for many years of use.
Beginning with the 2021 model year, VMI will be including this incredible new feature on all its wheelchair accessible vehicles for sale. ParkSmart™, is an industry exclusive and can only be found on, VMI wheelchair accessible vehicles. It is a patent pending, handicap parking violator deterrent system to help users of their vehicles avoid parking in a handicap accessible parking space and having themselves blocked-in by a careless driver.
The ParkSmart™ system works after the user engages the system via a button found in the interior of the vehicle. As the wheelchair user exits the vehicle, the ParkSmart™ system will engage and activate 30 seconds after the side door is shut. Once engaged the system monitors the passenger side of the vehicle for any objects that come within the acceptable distance of the vehicle that would inhibit the wheelchair user to safely enter their vehicle upon return.
The system works by using the same technology found on rear collision systems of other vehicles that detect object proximity. The only difference in the ParkSmart™ system from VMI, is that in addition to the audible alert given off externally when activated the system also employs a recorded message advising the other driver that they parked too close and to please move their vehicle. Here is a video that demonstrates the ParkSmart™, handicap parking violator deterrent system.
The floor from just behind the firewall to the third row seat on the VMI Northstar, Chrysler Pacifica wheelchair van conversion is lowered 15 inches; 4 inches more than its predecessor. This additional drop in the floor creates a usable door opening height of 56 inches, which makes the VMI Northstar, Chrysler Pacifica handicap accessible wheelchair van a suitable choice for even the tallest seated wheelchair users.
In addition, the Chrysler Pacifica handicap accessible vehicle has an extra 7 inches of legroom and open interior space behind the driver and passenger seats than the preceding, Town & Country. This additional space makes the VMI, Chrysler Pacifica handicap van one of the roomiest, domestic wheelchair accessible vehicles on the market.
|Usable Door Opening Height||A||57.3″|
|Usable Door Opening Width||B||30″|
|Inside Center Height||C||61″|
|Height at Driver & Passenger Position||D||61″|
|Angle of Ramp||E||N/A|
|Length of Ramp||F||60″|
|Usable Ramp Width||G||30″|
|Overall Floor Length||H||94.5″|
|Length of Floor Behind Front Seats||I||65.5″|
|Width of Interior at B-Pillars||J||58.8″|
|Ramp Load Capacity||1000 lbs.|