A Chrysler minivan hasn't had all-wheel-drive since 2004.
That ends with the revamped Ontario-built 2021 Pacifica, which has been bolstered with an awd system that engages automatically when traction is most needed. However, awd won't be available on the plug-in hybrid version.
The freshened Pacifica gets an appearance update with a restyled grille to go along with a new all-LED taillamp that runs the entire width of the vehicle — similar to models such as the Dodge Durango and Charger. Chrysler is unveiling the minivan Friday during the Chicago Auto Show.
The tech upgrades for the Pacifica don't stop with the awd system. The latest Pacifica will serve as the launching pad for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' fifth-generation Uconnect infotainment platform.
Uconnect 5, based on an Android operating system, boasts processing speeds five times faster than its predecessor. In addition, a new feature will enable two Bluetooth phones to connect simultaneously. Users will access the system via the Pacifica's new 10.1-inch touchscreen.
FCA is going all-in on safety with the latest Pacifica, offering 97 standard safety features, which the automaker says is the most standard safety gear in the industry. The list includes pedestrian automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross path detection.