The 2021 Pacifica was freshened with a restyled grille to go along with a new LED taillamp spanning the width of the vehicle, similar to the Dodge Durango and Charger.
Chrysler hasn't offered an awd minivan since 2004. The brand also added the Voyager last year as a value play and effectively a substitute for the Dodge Grand Caravan, which was the top-selling minivan in Canada and the United States in 2019 and will be discontinued at the end of the current model year. The end of the run means the end of the midnight shift at FCA's Windsor Assembly Plant, which builds the vehicle. The final third shift ran July 10. The Voyager is already on sale in the United States and eventually will be in Canada.
The number of minivans sold in Canada last year fell by 15 per cent, down to 61,130 units, according to the Automotive News Data Center in Detroit. Through the first two quarters of 2020, they are down 40 per cent, with the pandemic having to do with some of those losses.
Matt DeLorenzo, managing editor of Kelley Blue Book, said minivans will never be the big sellers they were in the 1980s and '90s, but their practicality means "there will be buyers who need them more than they want them."
"There is a definite niche to be served by a few players," DeLorenzo said in an email.
Sam Fiorani, vice president of global vehicle forecasting for AutoForecast Solutions and owner of three minivans over the years, said the vehicles haven't been able to overcome a negative image, even as automakers update them with sportier looks.