• The Hammonton Gazette

Pacifica reaches new pinnacle


America’s only minivan to offer AWD along with Stow ‘n’ Go seating, the available system for the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica delivers enhanced traction in a wide range of driving and road conditions. (Courtesy Photo)

“Through 37 years and more than 15 million minivans sold, Chrysler has defined the minivan segment, and we plan to continue redefining it with the new 2021 Chrysler Pacifica,” said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars—Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA—North America.


The new 2021 Chrysler Pacifica offers the most advanced AWD system in its class and is the only vehicle to offer AWD along with Stow ‘n’ Go seating. The seamless, fully automatic AWD system is the only vehicle in the segment capable of transferring all 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 and reduces emissions.


The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica will also offer 97 standard safety features — the most standard safety features in the industry.


New LED lights and Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking—both offered for the first time in the class as standard equipment—join Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, Rear Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Full Stop, electronic stability control, Forward Collision Warning with Full Stop, Lane Departure Warning, eight airbags and more as standard safety features.


All told, the Pacifica features 116 standard and available safety and security features.


The Pacifica’s new exterior design expression is much more deeply sculpted, athletic and modern in character, with utility vehicle-inspired design cues. A new top-of-the-line Pinnacle model sets a new standard in the segment with a sophisticated, luxurious interior that incorporates a new integrated Ultra console—the most functional center console in its class—and elite appointments, such as quilted Nappa Caramel leather seats with new matching lumbar comfort pillows.


The all-new Uconnect 5 system, offered for the first time in a North American vehicle and standard across the Pacifica lineup, includes a largest-in-class 10.1-inch touchscreen, which is nearly 20 percent larger than the screen it replaces. The system is five times faster than Uconnect 4 and includes Alexa. With the Uconnect skill for Alexa, customers with Alexa-enabled devices at home can easily ask Alexa to start the car, lock/unlock doors and more. Uconnect 5 brings Amazon Alexa directly into the vehicle itself, giving occupants the freedom to interact with Alexa just as they do at home or on a personal device. With Alexa built-in, occupants can ask Alexa to play music, podcasts and audiobooks; add items to their to-do list; check news, weather, traffic, sports and other real-time information; and access tens of thousands of Alexa skills.


The new 2021 Chrysler Pacifica also gives parents a bird’s-eye view of their most precious cargo thanks to the new FamCAM interior camera that delivers a best-in-class high-definition image and allows the driver a view of rear-facing child seat occupants in the second row and even allows them to zoom in on passengers.


Another first for the segment, new USB Type C ports allow devices to charge up to four times faster than standard USB outlets.


BY THE NUMBERS

Base Price: $35,045

Wheelbase: 121.6 in.

Length: 204 in.

Width: 80 in.

Height: 70 in.

Engine: 3.6L V6

Transmission: 9-speed automatic

EPA Mileage: 19 city/ 28 highway