2020 will be a year of major changes for the FCA group’s Pacifica van (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles). We're not talking about a complete overhaul of the model, but an important update. There are of course the aesthetic considerations that will be at the forefront, but also the arrival of a four-wheel drive solution.
The Mopar Insiders site is getting wet at the end of 2019. The latter claims that in terms of design, stylists would have been asked to take inspiration from the third generation of the Town and Country model, launched in 1996 , as well as the Chrysler 300, to refresh the dress of the Pacifica. We will have to see what we have in store, but we can expect to see a model with redesigned features during the year.
It will be the same for the Voyager model which was added to the family in 2019. This more stripped-down and cheaper variant is there to meet the needs of buyers working on a tighter budget. And with the disappearance of the Grand Caravan in 2020, it will be useful for the company to have a fresh basic variant in the bank.
The other interesting rumor is that FCA is thinking of offering a rival to the four-wheel drive version of the Toyota Sienna, the only van on the market to offer this option at present. Jeep plug-in hybrid technology would be used to achieve this. The latter, called eAWD, incorporates an electric motor in the rear axle, so that all-wheel drive is obtained without having to use a connection between the front and rear wheels.
This would allow the company to still offer its Stow 'n Go seating configuration, an important signature for the firm. The approach could even make the Pacifica an electric powered van on short trips.
As far as technical details are concerned, nothing concrete has been said. Consequently, we will be cautious. What seems more determined is the moment when everything will be presented to us, this spring. With the disappearance of the Detroit Auto Show in January, that leaves us with the events of Chicago in February and New York in April.