For the first time in many years, FCA finally appears to have regained control. Each division is focused on a specific element while enjoying the best and the best the group has to offer, there is a lot at FCA. We now know that Dodge is focused on pure and raw performance, Jeep on off-road driving, RAM on functionality and Chrysler on family, comfort and also luxury. In short, it seems that the division has finally found its mark and the Pacifica is the one that illustrates it perfectly.
I must admit that I was skeptical when the Pacifica launched on the market in 2017. Let's just say that the American manufacturer took a huge risk by offering an overpriced luxury minivan when the category was in decline, but daring sometimes has its share of benefits and in this case the Pacifica has triumphed. In fact, the model is so popular in the market today that the American automaker has decided to use the platform of the outgoing model as the basis for the next generation of Grand Caravan. That's why the Chrysler Pacifica is getting a new shape with more character for 2021.
On the mechanical side, we stick to the basics since the current formula is already working very well for the American manufacturer's minivan. As always, the Chrysler Pacifica benefits first from the classic 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers 287 horsepower and 282 lb-ft of torque. This mechanism is mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox and a standard front-wheel drive. Next comes the hybrid version which benefits from the combination of a 3.6-liter V6 delivering 261 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque and two electric motors of 114 horsepower and 84 horsepower. In the end, this version of the Pacifica boasts a range of over 51 kilometers in 100% electric mode, which is not necessarily impressive, but it is more than enough for the majority of buyers. In addition, when you use the combined mode, you will be entitled to an average consumption of 8.0L / 100km in the city and 7.9L / 100km on the highway, which is particularly efficient. In addition, it is essential to mention that the Chrysler Pacifica offers a big novelty this year the all-wheel drive as an option.
As you may have noticed, the American manufacturer's minivan is entitled to some aesthetic changes for 2021, starting with a new front end. We are talking about a new grille that is more open and more imposing. Add to that a new, more rounded front bumper and separate headlights. In fact, I have to share something to this effect with you since the first time I saw the 2021 Pacifica, the latter vaguely reminded me of older models of the brand like the Chrysler 300M from the late 90s. Who knows, maybe that's where the American manufacturer took its inspiration, but in any case, we must admit that the new Pacifica has the mouth.
However, if you find the American manufacturer's minivan impressive from the outside, it's because you haven't seen the interior of it yet. Chrysler has literally outdone itself when it comes to the quality of finish, the choice of materials, but also the interior design of its minivan. In fact, up to a point, I would even go so far as to say that the Pacifica offers a cabin comparable to that of a big brand car like the Bentley Flying Spur. Maybe it's the overuse of the diamond design or the color combinations Chrysler uses, but in the end it is a big hit, nothing less.
The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica comes to us with a whole bunch of new goodies, including the next generation of its UConnect5 infotainment system which is nothing short of one of the best available on the market today. The all-wheel drive of the 2021 Pacifica is also very technologically advanced and as if that weren't enough yet, the American manufacturer's minivan benefits from no less than 115 standard safety features. It may not be within the reach of every budget and its concept goes far beyond the ideology of the classic minivan, but the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is appealing and I would tell you that its share of followers continues to grow every year. year.
The weak spots
Its base price is just too high and it doesn't improve with the higher end versions. There are a lot of buttons and tech, which can seem daunting if you're not used to it.
The strong points
The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica certainly gives us reason to question the very definition of comfort, because it pushes all the limits at this level. It has one of the highest safety ratings in its class and its driving experience is second to none.
The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is nothing less than the benchmark for minivans, offering everything one could dream of in this kind of vehicle and more. Unlike other vehicles of its kind, it is not a compromise, but a reward.
FCA has hit the nail on the head when it comes to the Pacifica, and the 2021 model is more complete than ever. All-wheel drive, new cutting-edge technologies, hybrid powertrains and an interior worthy of the biggest luxury cars on the market, these are what would appeal to many buyers. I know that the American manufacturer's minivan is not for everyone, because it is sincerely overpriced, but if your budget allows and your needs lead you to the purchase of a more family-friendly vehicle, I can assure you that there is no other model on the market that will satisfy you as much as the Chrysler Pacifica. In fact, the American manufacturer’s minivan may introduce you to gadgets and technologies that you never thought you would find in a vehicle like this and which you can hardly do without afterwards.
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