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.
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.
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.
Chrysler isn’t on the Chopping Block Yet; Fiat to Retreat, Become Euro-Only EV Brand
FCA’s investor meeting has taken place, and the official word is that Chrysler will carry on as a North-American.-only brand and Fiat will become a Euro-only EV brand. To take things even further, a company spokesperson has also said that Dodge won’t be killed off either. That’s a pretty bold move from FCA considering how unpopular Chrysler and Fiat have become here. What happens with these brands next, however, will determine whether or not they’ll continue to stick around long term.
Chrysler to Send Thousands of Pacifica Minivans to Waymo
Fiat Chrysler is supplying Google’s self-driving division, Waymo, with “thousands” of Chrysler Pacifica minivans for testing on public roasts. Waymo already has a fleet of 600 FCA vehicles, which were supplied after the two companies formed a partnership in 2016. The fleet already includes vehicles capable of fully self-driving thanks to Waymo’s autonomous driving systems were installed.
John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo, said, “With the world’s first fleet of fully self-driving vehicles on the road, we’ve moved from research and development to operations and deployment. These additional vehicles will help us scale.”
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