With the discontinuation of the Chrysler 300 sedan, the Pacifica minivan stands as the sole remaining Chrysler model. While some may interpret this as an ominous sign for the brand, there’s reassuring news regarding the Pacifica’s future longevity. According to statements from Chrysler CEO Christine Feuell, as reported by Automotive News Canada, the minivan is poised for more than just a routine update.
Despite not delving into specific details, Feuell hinted at a substantial overhaul for the Pacifica. However, the refreshed minivan is not expected to make its debut for another couple of years, as Chrysler intends to launch its first electric vehicle (EV) model first. The EV, previewed by the Airflow concept in January 2022, is scheduled for production in 2025, though crucial details such as its official name remain undisclosed.
Anticipating Pacifica’s transformation is challenging due to indications that it will likely retain the same platform as the current generation, introduced in the 2017 model year. The 2021 facelift brought aesthetic enhancements and the introduction of all-wheel drive, while the 2024 Pacifica continues to offer a standard V-6 and a plug-in-hybrid powertrain. The fate of these powertrains in the upcoming updates remains uncertain.
Dispelling concerns about the refreshed Pacifica’s short-lived existence, Feuell assured Automotive News Canada that the company’s projections foresee sustained popularity for minivans until the end of the decade. Furthermore, she confirmed the continued existence of the Voyager, a fleet-only variant of the Pacifica.
Considering the brand’s commitment to the minivan body style, there arises speculation about the possibility of an all-electric Pacifica being in development. Such a move would undoubtedly mark a significant and forward-thinking step for Chrysler.