Chrysler Reveals Its Electrification Plans With The Airflow Concept
Chrysler has decided to use the CES 2022 as a launchpad to announce its electrification intentions. The automaker revealed the Airflow Concept, which is a preview of the brand’s electric future. Chrysler gave us a glimpse of the design philosophy its EVs will follow moving forward and mentioned that the Airflow Concept will have a dual-motor setup. The brand also announced that the first Chrysler BEV will come out in 2025, and all the cars it sells from 2028 will be EVs only.
The Greatest Luxury Performance Sedans We Never Got
Performance luxury sedans are the perfect middle ground for those seeking comfort, practicality and performance in a single package. And while we have gotten plenty of great examples like the BMW M5, Mercedes AMG GT63, Porsche Panamera, and others, there are those that came to us as concepts, but never delivered in the real world. Here are the most prominent culprits.
Chrysler Isn’t Dead Yet, and This New Production-Ready EV Concept Proves It
There was something for everyone at Stellentis’ Electric Vehicle Day last week. Be it the electric Ram or the Jeep Grand Cherokee plug-in hybrid, not to mention a Dodge electric muscle car. However, the company did not forget Chrysler, whose illustrious past is little more than a shadow of what it used to be.
When Chrysler introduced the Pacifica Hybrid, it rattled to ever-shrinking minivan segment to its core. Not necessarily because it offered some new, ground-breaking technology but because it’s quite literally the only hybrid minivan on the market – at least until the Toyota Sienna lineup goes hybrid for the 2021 model year. Until then, however, the Pacifica gets to wear the crown. We drove the Pacifica just a year ago and we had somewhat mixed opinions about it – has anything changed this time around? Let’s find out!
You Have to Check Out This 1934 Chrysler Airflow That Pulled Into Jay Leno’s Garage
The Chrysler Airflow was supposed to be Chrysler’s forward-thinking hit that would re-write the book on automotive styling and, in the process, teach people that an aerodynamic car is the way to go. Only it didn’t. All that the Airflow did do was to buck the trend and almost tanked Chrysler. With its steel body and fountain-esque grille, it shocked customers rather than appeal to them but now, 86 years since its release, it’s universally accepted that the Airflow is among the very first mass-produced aerodynamic cars in the world.
2021 Chrysler Pacifica
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.
The Chrysler Pacifica was introduced in 2016 as a replacement for the Chrysler Town & Country, but it wasn’t until 2017 that the Pacifica Hybrid was launched. As a model that only has a couple of years under its belt, the Pacifica is still relatively fresh on the market and is one of the few minivans that are still in production for the U.S. Market. What’s even more interesting is the fact that Chrysler has managed to create its own little niche of sorts, as the Pacifica Hybrid – the model you see here – is the only hybrid minivan on the market. That means it doesn’t have any prerequisite standard to live up to and is responsible for setting its own standard. With it competing against non-hybrid minivans we have actually been very curious about how well it stacks up against the less-sophisticated competition.
Is the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid really worth buying in terms of fuel economy, comfort, and value? Is it a worth competitor for the new Honda Odyssey or nearly decade-old Toyota Sienna? Well, we managed to score a week with the Pacific Hybrid, and we set out to answer these questions and more. Here’s what we learned after spending a week with the market’s only hybrid minivan.
2019 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Pacifica 35th Anniversary Edition
It was not just Mazda which brought an anniversary edition model to Chicago Auto Show.The MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition might have stolen the limelight, but Chrysler and Dodge have launched anniversary editions of their minivans as well. Perhaps, they went unnoticed because they are humble minivans and not some fancy roadsters. Oh, automotive enthusiasts, thou art mean.
FCA Looking to "Wow" Chicago with A Pair of Special Edition Minivans
Thirty-five years after introducing the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is honoring the minivan OGs with a pair of 35th Anniversary special edition models, featuring the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Chrysler Pacifica. Like most special edition models, the Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan 35th Anniversary Editions are packed with exclusive touches, including fancy paint finishes and special badges. All special edition features come in the form of packages. The special edition package is available to a range of Pacifica and Grand Caravan models, including the Pacifica Hybrid. Pricing details have yet to be released, but the 35th Anniversary packages for both the Pacifica and the Grand Caravan will be available sometime in summer of 2019. The Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan 35th Anniversary Editions will debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.
Chrysler to Ax the 300 and Shift the Portal Electric Van into Production
The Chrysler Portal Concept was unveiled last year at the Consumer Electronics Show. The electric van received a lot of attention, and perhaps because of that interest, FCA has given the green signal to commence production. According to Automotive News, the van will hit the assembly line; however, it will come at the cost of the 300 sedan in the brand’s lineup.
A Reported Takeover Of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is Now Coming from South Korea
Hyundai has been identified as the latest company to engage Fiat Chrysler Automobiles over a possible takeover bid that would bring the American automaker to the Korean auto giant’s side. According to the report, the bid is expected to take shape sometime this summer as FCA starts planning for the eventual exit of current FCA chief executive officer, Sergio Marchionne.
The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Goes Aggressive with a new S Appearance Package
The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is getting a shot of personality courtesy of the new S Appearance Package that costs just $595. The new package adds plenty of new elements, giving the van a more aggressive appearance that should do the trick in shedding the physical stereotypes normally associated with minivans. The option will be made available in the fall when 2019 models go on sale.
What is the Least Expensive Chrysler?
Chrysler’s cheapest vehicle used to be the 200 sedan, but that car went belly up in 2017. It was a decent car, but Chrysler’s poor build quality (just ask 300 owners about clunky front ends and constantly failing, $100, HID headlights) and lack of differentiation in design amongst models eventually led to the car’s demise. Today, the cheapest Chrysler you can get is the entry-level Pacifica, which starts out at $26,985 – not even $3,000 less than the entry-level Chrysler 300 sedan.
What is the Sportiest Chrysler?
Since Chrysler fancies itself as an entry-level luxury automaker, the brand doesn’t know the slightest about “sporty.” The only model that even comes close is the Chrysler 300C, but it looks more like a luxury sedan with cues stolen from a 2000’s Bentley and hair of German DNA hidden here and there. The only thing that helps its case is the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 under the hood that’s good for 363 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque. It tops out at 149 mph and will get to 60 mph in just over six seconds. Of course, this is actually kind of amazing considering how boxy it is and the fact that it weighs nearly 4,400 pounds. It’s not exactly a corner bender, either, so it might be quick in a straight line and is RWD, but that’s about all it has going for it.
What is the Most Popular Chrysler?
The most popular Chrysler model is the Pacifica Minivan. For that last two years, Chrysler has managed to more than 118,000 examples of the Pacifica each year (double what it sold in 2016.) Its only runner up; the 300 sedan, saw sales figures of 46,593 in 2018, which accounts for the sixth year in a row that its sales have declined. At this rate, the Pacifica won’t only be the most popular Chrysler; it’ll be the only Chrysler. In the mid-2000s, Chrysler was able to move more than half a million vehicles each year. Today, its total sales, two-thirds of which come from the Pacific, totaled just 165,964 models for 2018, and that’s down from 188k the year before, 239k the year before that, and more than 300,000 in the years before that.
What is the Most Expensive Chrysler Model
Chrysler’s most expensive vehicle is the Pacifica Hybrid in limited trim. That’s the range-topping hybrid model and comes with an MSRP of $45,795 – just shy of $6,000 more than the entry-level Pacific Hybrid at $39,995. The range-topping Pacific Limited (non-hybrid) comes close at $44,695 while the Chrysler 300C – the range-topping 300 model – comes in at $41,945.
What is the Fastest Chrysler
No surprises here – the fastest Chrysler is the 300C sedan with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 that delivers a reasonable 363 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque. It’ll hit 60 mph in around six seconds and tops out at below 150 mph. You didn’t think we’d say the Pacifica, did you?
Are Chryslers Reliable?
Chrysler’s have a bad rapport for being poorly put together, clunky, and generally undependable. And, rightfully so, the last-gen 300C had a horrible front suspension design that was always clunky and the whole headlight fiasco with HID ballasts failing once a month made things worse. Today, however, Chrysler is ranked No. 17 by J.D Power in its yearly, 2019 vehicle dependability study. That places it in the middle of the pack and one spot higher than Ford (sorry Ford guys) but below other industry leaders like Lexus, Porsche, Toyota, Buick, Mini, and even Volkswagen and Subaru. On that note, it’s the highest-ranking FCA company, however, with Jeep, Ram, Dodge, and Fiat falling much lower on the list. Fiat, for example, is ranked worst at No. 32. When you have only two models in your lineup, you kind of have to build reliable vehicles, right?
As far as cost of ownership goes, Repair Pal ranks the Chrysler brand, as a whole, at four out of five stars. It reports that the average annual repair costs only amounts to $531 — $100 below average – while the frequency of unscheduled repairs among all Chryslers on the road is 0.3 times per year. Only 11-percent of Chrysler’s unscheduled repairs are said to be severe. Perhaps Chrysler has made some improvement over the last decade.