Chrysler manufactured the first of minivans secondment almost 37 years ago. During the duration, the company sold over 15 million minivans. The company recently launched the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica at the Chicago Auto Show. The unwrapped model comes with refreshed features.
One of the most significant changes that the company made is stopping the Town and Country production almost three years ago with the launch of Pacifica. Also, the latter was initially a crossover resembling an SUV for the last ten years. The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica will incorporate many enormous changes in comparison to the previous year’s trims.
Models produced before 2021 had a front fascia resembling the Chrysler 200. The new S model with a Sport Package would have many design changes like black accents, newly-designed grille, and mesh finishing. The full LED headlights would come as standard and would be the first one in its segment to include the same. Reviewers and potential buyers are delighted with this critical fact.
Moreover, buyers who bought older models would notice that they didn’t come with optional LED headlights. But buyers could get Xenon headlights as add-ons with the top three trims. In addition to the full LED headlights, the front fascia of the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica would consist of LED fog lights, a premium appeal, incandescent design turn signals, and many safety features.
How well does the Chrysler Pacifica perform?
The vehicle would have a standard 3.6-liter Pentastar engine capable of delivering approximately 285 hp. Also, the plug-in hybrid trim would have a 30-mile range and could provide 280 hp. The car would also have a cruising range of 500 miles with an ECVT or 9-speed automatic transmission.
The biggest news for the 2021 year is that Chrysler brings back AWD with the 3.6-liter gas engine models. According to sources, the manufacturer states that it can preserve the stow and go due to the whole packaging that comes with the AWDs.
Buyers should know that Pacifica and Chrysler’s minivans were last seen in 2004. Therefore, it would be like a welcome addition to the launch of AWDs. However, buyers might be confused with Chrysler’s offer to buy 2020 Chrysler Pacifica AWDs before the sale of the next year’s model begins, which probably is due by the latter half of this year.
Trims and Features
The rear end of the 2021 models incorporates notable changes like new LED tail lights connected with a light bar, which provides a sophisticated modern-day appeal to the car. The trim version is also mentioned at the rear end of the vehicle. One can even notice blacked-out badging, and no visible exhaust tips at the back make it more elegant and outstanding in its segment.
The trunk of the car can open with a slight handle lift. Buyers expected a versatile cargo area would be delighted with this minivan. Buyers should know that the third-row seats completely fold flat in the forward direction with Chrysler’s power-folding feature. The manufacturer was the first one to come up with this characteristic.
The cargo also offers a stow and go option even with the AWD trims. Folding all seats can provide more than 153 cubic feet space trunk area higher than the overall space of a Ford Expedition and Chevy Suburban.
Minivan buyers inconsiderate about exterior styling should know that the vehicle’s interior consists would provide a delightful experience. The S trim takes its inspiration from the all-new limited edition Pinnacle trim, which is at the top of the model versions.
The interior of the Pinnacle trim consists of a caramel leather interior and dual May-back look like cushy lumbar pillows for rear-seat passengers. The manufacturer has not released the price of added pillows. The interior of the vehicle also consists of a newly-added Uconnect infotainment system.
The new infotainment system consists of a 10.1-inch screen, and the manufacturer is still in the process of fine-tuning it. However, the system is five times faster processing than the old Uconnect 4. It would include features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Tom-Tom bi-based navigation system. The new system would show on-the-air updates, connectivity with two Bluetooth phones.
Most buyers would be amazed because it might be the newest thing they have seen in the industry. Additionally, buyers could opt for Amazon Alexa integration. The display would be in Ultra HD with clearer graphics than the previous systems. It has been redesigned to increase user convenience, enhance intuitiveness, and include the latest tech features. The manufacturer says that it will bring the UConnect 5 system later in 2020.
Many interior highlights are also similar to the previously manufactured trims. The vehicle still consists of triple-zone automatic climate control, a rotary shifter for controlling the transmission, a daring steering wheel with tilt and telescopic options, and comfortable seats. There would be two distinct center consoles.
The basic front row primary console visible in previous year models would have a storage area, wireless phone charging, dual USB ports, and cup holders. The detailed console visible in Pinnacle trim replaces the standard front-row folding armrest and provides more seating space, and increases the storage area, which most minivan buyers appreciate.
The second-row consists of a captain’s chair; and resembles the previous year’s model. They come with dual integrated infotainment systems with increased games. It also comprises HDMI ports, USB port, headphone jack input, and storage area. The second-row panoramic sunroof is also the industry-first for minivans by this manufacturer.
The comfortable second-row seats can be bent forwards and backward, and the company has maintained stow and go capability, unavailable in hybrid trims. Third-row entry can be done through the trunk or by bending the second-row seat forward. The minivan provides ample space for seven occupants, and they can be comfortably seated in the third-row too.
The interior comes with many seat shade options, and the third-row consists of a power-folding and reclining seat button. The pillows provide exceptional lumbar support. The vehicle pricing is not yet made by the company.
Which variant should you go for?
The 2020 trims range between $20,000 up to mid $40,000. The Pinnacle trim would be more suitable for luxurious minivan seekers, and the S trim would be more suitable for long-haul experiences with family and day-to-day work.