The kick off production of 2021 Chrysler Pacifica
The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica will start arriving in dealerships before the end of the year, giving families the option of the first and still the only plug-in hybrid minivan in the industry or available all-wheel-drive (AWD) capability combined with class-exclusive Stow 'n Go seating, both equipped with more standard safety features than any vehicle in the industry and a more athletic, refreshed exterior and interior design.
“FCA invented the minivan segment, and the new-for-2021 Chrysler Pacifica continues to drive our leadership and innovation,” said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “Whether it’s all-weather driving capability with Stow ‘n Go seating or more than 80 MPGe and no range anxiety with the only plug-in hybrid minivan in the segment, the new Chrysler Pacifica gives families what they want and options that best fit their busy lives.”
The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica will continue to feature two powertrain options on all four Pacifica models, including the 3.6-liter Pentastar engine with 287 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. The Pacifica Hybrid powertrain achieves up to 30 miles of all electric range, 80 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent electric) and greater than 500 miles of total driving range.
The Chrysler Pacifica’s AWD system – the first available in a Chrysler minivan since 2004 – is fully automatic and is the only one in the segment capable of transferring 100 percent of the available engine torque to the rear wheels, or whichever wheels have more available traction. The Pacifica AWD system is also able to sense and stop the drive shaft from spinning when AWD is not required, a class-exclusive feature in the segment that improves efficiency.
The AWD system engages automatically, based on a variety of sensor inputs that signal when enhanced traction is beneficial, including: cold exterior temperature, use of windshield wipers, slip detected at the front wheels, heavy acceleration at certain vehicle speeds, such as overtaking during passing, electronic stability control activation, abrupt steering or sudden throttle inputs, rough road conditions/grades
The Pacifica Hybrid remains the perfect family vehicle, offering seating capacity for up to seven passengers, with second-row captain’s chairs and third-row Stow ‘n Go seating. Family-friendly functionality features include hands-free sliding doors and liftgate.
The segment’s first hybrid vehicle features an FCA-designed, innovative dual-motor eFlite electrically variable transmission (EVT) paired with a specially modified version of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 gasoline engine. The Pacifica Hybrid is designed to offer a seamless driving experience, with no need for the driver to select between electric and hybrid modes.