• 2021 Chrysler Pacifica

    2021 Chrysler Pacifica - New Look, New Tech
  • The 2021 Pacifica gets a new face with a revised grille
  • New headlights, and updated front fascia
  • Updates around back are limited to a new tailight bar
  • More important is the new AWD setup
  • with front-to-rear torque distribution
  • It's the first Chrysler Minivan with AWD since 2004
  • And there's even a revised suspension system
  • With a new rear sway bar for better stability
  • A 3.6-liter Engine comes standard across the lineup
  • And it's good for 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque
  • There's also a hybrid setup with 260 HP
  • The interior sees some updates too
  • The most important being the new Uconnect 5 infotainment system
  • with a larger 10.1-inch touchscreen
  • Pricing for the 2021 Pacifica should be announced in fall 2020

The facelifted 2021 Chrysler Pacifica bags new Pinnacle trim and optional AWD

Chrysler is still taking care of the Pacifica minivan and the best way to show that affection is by flaunting a refreshed version at the Chicago Motor Show. New for 2021 is the Pinnacle trim, which comes to join the likes of Touring, Touring L, and Limited.

Visually, the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica nip-and-tuck revolves around the front end. Here, the minivan flaunts a redesigned grille, new headlights, and tweaked bumper. In the back, the only change sees the taillights spanning to the whole width of the car, which can now ride on 17- to 20-inch wheels.

On the mechanical front, the big news is the addition of an AWD setup - by the way, it’s the first such system to make its way into a Chrysler-badged minivan since 2004. The setup, which was tested over more than one million miles, mixes three sub-systems.

A power transfer unit splits torque coming through the nine-speed automatic gearbox and routes it to the rear drive module. The latter houses a wet clutch that fluctuates torque to the wheels and a one-speed transfer case. The power transfer unit and the rear drive module are connected by a three-piece drive shaft. A brake-lock differential is also part of the AWD setup, which can send torque exclusively to the rear wheels or to those wheels with the most traction.

On the road composure front, the Pacifica receives a rear sway bar and extra suspension tuning which sees the ride height go up by 0.78 inches.

Inside the cabin, passengers get to fiddle with the new Uconnect 5 multimedia setup which utilizes a 10.1-inch touchscreen (that’s 20 percent larger than the previous-generation). The new setup is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Plus, it can host up to six driver profiles, including a valet mode. What’s more, you can connect two phones simultaneously via Bluetooth.

Powertrain-wise, the Pacifica can be had with either a 3.6-liter V-6 good for 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque or in plug-in-hybrid guise, where the V-6 shares the chores with an e-motor for a total system output of 260 horsepower.

2021 Chrysler Pacifica specifications
ENGINE: 3.6-LITER PENTASTAR V-6 3.6-LITER PENTASTAR V-6 EHYBRID (ATKINSON CYCLE)
Availability Standard on gas engine models Standard
Type and Description 60-degree dual overhead cam engine 60-degree dual overhead cam engine
Displacement 220 cu. in. (3,605 cu. cm) 220 cu. in. (3,605 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke 96 mm x 83 mm 96 mm x 83 mm
Valve System 24-valve, end pivot roller finger followers with variable-valve lift (intake only) and continuous variable-valve timing on both intake and exhaust cams; chain-driven 24-valve, end pivot roller finger followers with variable-valve lift (intake only) and continuous variable-valve timing on both intake and exhaust cams; chain-driven
Fuel Injection Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless Port-fuel injection (PFI)
Construction High-pressure diecast A380 aluminum block with iron liners and semi-permanent mold A319 aluminum heads High-pressure diecast A380 aluminum block with iron liners and semi-permanent mold A319 aluminum heads
Compression Ratio 11.3:1 12.5:1
Power (SAE net) 287 hp (214 kW) @ 6,400 rpm 260 hp (194 kW)
Torque (SAE net) 262 lb.-ft. (355 N•m) @ 4,000 rpm TBA
2021 Chrysler Pacifica Exterior
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2021 Chrysler Pacifica - New Look, New Tech
2021 Chrysler Pacifica Exterior
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The 2021 Pacifica gets a new face with a revised grille
2021 Chrysler Pacifica Exterior
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New headlights, and updated front fascia
2021 Chrysler Pacifica Exterior
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Updates around back are limited to a new tailight bar
2021 Chrysler Pacifica Exterior
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More important is the new AWD setup
2021 Chrysler Pacifica Exterior
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with front-to-rear torque distribution
2021 Chrysler Pacifica Exterior
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It’s the first Chrysler Minivan with AWD since 2004
2021 Chrysler Pacifica Exterior
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And there’s even a revised suspension system
2021 Chrysler Pacifica Exterior
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With a new rear sway bar for better stability
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A 3.6-liter Engine comes standard across the lineup
2021 Chrysler Pacifica Exterior
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And it’s good for 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque
2021 Chrysler Pacifica Exterior
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There’s also a hybrid setup with 260 HP
2021 Chrysler Pacifica Interior
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The interior sees some updates too
2021 Chrysler Pacifica Interior
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The most important being the new Uconnect 5 infotainment system
2021 Chrysler Pacifica Interior
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with a larger 10.1-inch touchscreen
2021 Chrysler Pacifica Exterior
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Pricing for the 2021 Pacifica should be announced in fall 2020
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2021 Chrysler Pacifica Exterior
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