Much like sedans, minivan sales haven’t exactly been going in the positive direction. Despite their family-friendly packaging, buyers still flock to SUVs. Chrysler is hoping some minor changes to the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica will help it lure buyers from SUV’s to a minivan.
Like most refreshes, this one includes some design updates. For 2021 Chrysler has given the Pacifica a new face, including a bolder grille design and slimmer headlights. A more aggressive lower fascia design is also intentionally SUV-like.
The more aggressive appearance isn’t the headliner here though. For the first time since 2004, a Chrysler minivan offers all-wheel-drive. Unquestionably the addition Chrysler is hoping attracts some SUV buyers, this all-wheel-drive system will engage anytime wheel slip can reasonably be predicted. This all-wheel-drive system is purely automatic; there’s no button to turn it on or off.
While Chrysler is certainly trying to pull in some SUV buyers with the additional or AWD, the brand is also trying to simply be competitive. The Toyota Sienna offers AWD already and makes up about 25-percent of Sienna sales.
Chrysler promises the AWD system will not impact the Pacifica’s signature Stow N’ Go underfloor storage system either.
The changes for the 2021 Pacifica do not stop there. Engineers have also upgraded the Infotainment system to UConnect 5.0, which includes a 10.1-inch touchscreen (up from 8.1-inches) and the promise of faster processing. Additional technology updates include USB C ports and an upgraded Harmon Kardon sound system.
Chrysler also says they added additional interior noise-reduction measures that include enhanced body sealing, new door fitment and glass-run seals, thicker sliding-door glass and acoustic glass for the windshield. Higher-end trim levels include laminated side glass as well.
The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica will arrive in dealerships in late 2020. Expect pricing to be announced closer to launch.