Here's what to expect from the upcoming mid-cycle update for the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica.
Rumors of an all-wheel-drive version of the Chrysler Pacifica have been rife for some time now, which would give the model a huge advantage in the minivan segment and potentially improve sales. The AWD Pacifica was expected to arrive as part of a mid-cycle refresh before the end of this year, but Chrysler hasn't made any official announcements. However, inside sources at the Windsor Assembly Plant have confirmed to Mopar Insiders that both the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Voyager will receive a mid-life cycle refresh with a fresh new look, revised trim levels, AWD, and an updated hybrid version.
While the side profile of the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica and Voyager will be unchanged, the front will reportedly harken back to the third-generation Chrysler Town & Country that ended production in 2000.
The updated minivan will also borrow design elements from the current Chrysler 300. A new bold grille will give the front a more aggressive appearance, LED headlights will also be standard across the Pacifica line, but it remains to be seen if they will also carry over to the cheaper Voyager. Elsewhere, the headlight housings will be smaller to make the grille more prominent and Pacifica models will also feature LED foglights with chrome accents above the fog lamps on certain models.
At the rear, the 2021 Pacifica's taillights have a revised shape and will be attached with a new LED signature stretching across the back. Hopefully, it won't be long until we get a sneak peek at these changes on camouflaged prototypes.
The most significant change, however, will be the long-rumored all-wheel-drive system, which is expected to be similar to the electric system that debuted on the Jeep Renegade and Compass PHEVs at the Geneva Motor Show, which provides traction to the rear axle through a dedicated electric motor.
Allegedly, Chrysler has built around two dozen pre-production prototypes of the 2021 Pacifica, so it should make its spy shot debut soon. As for when the new 2021 Chrysler Pacifica will debut, Mopar Insider's sources suggest it will be shown in Q1 2020 at an upcoming auto show, possibly at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto in February. While the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica and Voyager will be getting significant changes, the Dodge Grand Caravan will be discontinued after the 2020 model year, allowing Chrysler to lead the minivan segment.