Chrysler at Chicago Auto Show: Refreshed 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Offers All-Wheel Drive

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
chrysler at chicago auto show refreshed 2021 chrysler pacifica offers all wheel

Snow Belt parents, rejoice. There’s one more minivan on the market with all-wheel drive.

The refreshed 2021 Chrysler Pacifica now offers an AWD system that can redirect power away from any wheel that’s lost traction. The system also disconnects when not needed, reducing driveline drag and improving efficiency.

Meanwhile, the Pacifica’s front grille, headlamps, fog lamps, and taillamps are given an updated look. There will be four flavors available: Touring, Touring L, Limited, and a new range-topping trim dubbed Pinnacle. AWD will be available with all trims. Additionally, the plug-in hybrid powertrain remains an option. A limited Launch Edition trim will be available late in the second quarter of 2020, though the rest of the lineup hits the market in the fourth quarter.

Remarkably, the AWD hardware won’t kill the available Stow N’ Go seating system. However, the AWD system doesn’t appear to be available on hybrid models.

Chrysler is touting the number of safety features available on the van – roughly 100 – including new ones like LED lights and Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking. A new interior camera will be available to allow drivers to keep tabs on occupants. Other available safety features include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning with full stop, and lane-departure warning.

Meanwhile, the van will be the first application for Chrysler’s UConnect 5 infotainment system. The upgraded system offers faster-charging USB Type-C ports and up to 12 USB Type-A and Type-C ports combined.

Powertrains and the available S appearance package carry over, though there are new wheel choices on offer, with sizes ranging from 17 to 20 inches. Other available new features include new option packages, wireless charging, and 10-inch subwoofer.

[Images: Fiat Chrysler]

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  • 3800FAN 3800FAN on Feb 06, 2020

    Is the voyager gonna get the facelift and an awd option? I like the new face. Looks more masculine like the grand caravan. The wrap around taillights also look good like a 3rd gen prelude lol.

  • Garrett Garrett on Feb 06, 2020

    Looks good, but you know what would make it great? Slap a lift kit on it and some BFG Mud Terrains.

  • Dusterdude The suppliers can ask for concessions, but I wouldn’t hold my breath . With the UAW they are ultimately bound to negotiate with them. However, with suppliers , they could always find another supplier ( which in some cases would be difficult, but not impossible)
  • AMcA Phoenix. Awful. The roads are huge and wide, with dedicated lanes for turning, always. Requires no attention to what you're doing. The roads are idiot proofed, so all the idiots drive - they have no choice, because everything is so spread out.
  • Leonard Ostrander Pet peeve: Drivers who swerve to the left to make a right turn and vice versa. They take up as much space as possible for as long as possible as though they're driving trailer trucks or school busses. It's a Kia people, not a Kenworth! Oh, and use your turn signals if you ever figure out where you're going.
  • Master Baiter This is horrible. Delaying this ban will raise the Earth's temperature by 0.00000001°C in the year 2100.
  • Alan Buy a Skoda Superb.