The Chrysler Pacifica has earned quite a few accolades over the years. Offering both front and all-wheel drive, the Pacifica boasts diverse powertrain options, setting it apart from rivals. It makes it a versatile minivan that outpaces SUVs in convenience and functionality. As the Chrysler 300 sedan bids adieu, the Pacifica minivan emerges as the lone warrior in the Chrysler lineup. In a recent report by Automotive News Canada, Chrysler CEO Christine Feuelll teased that the Pacifica isn’t just due for a moderate facelift—it’s in line for something bigger.
Anticipating a Significant Overhaul
While specifics about the Pacifica’s revamp remain a mystery, Feuell’s assurance of a substantial makeover sparks curiosity. However, this transformation isn’t expected to arrive until a few years down the road, following the launch of Chrysler’s first electric vehicle (EV). The EV, teased by the Airflow concept earlier in 2022, is slated for production in 2025, though details about its name and features remain under wraps.
Predicting the exact changes for the revamped Pacifica poses a challenge, especially considering indications that it will retain its current platform introduced in 2017. The 2021 facelift brought aesthetic enhancements and introduced all-wheel drive, while the 2024 model still offers a V-6 engine and a plug-in hybrid variant. Whether these powertrains persist in the upcoming updates remains uncertain.
Feuell’s projections indicate a continued demand for minivans until the decade’s end, reinforcing the Pacifica’s long-term prospects. Additionally, Feuell affirmed that the Voyager, a fleet-exclusive variant of the Pacifica, will maintain its presence.
Amidst this commitment to the minivan legacy, speculation swirls about the potential introduction of an all-electric Pacifica. Such a leap would mark a pivotal milestone in the minivan’s evolution and Chrysler’s dedication to shaping its future. The brand’s minivan is getting more than just a facelift, it’s gearing towards a new dawn.
The American automobile brand Dodge is pushing to make itself more environmentally friendly with the launch of its upgraded version of the Charger Daytona SRT concept. Dodge gave the world its first glimpse of this car back in August 2022. This recent launch is part of the auto industry’s push toward electric vehicles. The brand launched this concept at SEMA 2022, a premier auto expo, to help businesses showcase the best and latest.
The lower model of the Daytona packs 455 horsepower, while the higher models boast 590. Both models also offer power upgrades, namely eStage 1 and 2, to pump the power output even further. Both systems produce these power outputs from the 400-volt electrical system. The company has brought out this model to the market for the second time, but unlike before, the model will be available in a dark red color, the body will be made of carbon fiber, and the wheel size will be around 18 inches. The company has not yet revealed its plans for the production of the Daytona SRT, but with the amount of time, money, and effort Dodge has put into designing and presenting the car, it is safe to assume that a very similar model will be up in its store in the near future.
With soon-to-be discontinued, fuel-based Charger and Challenger models, Dodge has created an emotional stir for its loyal muscle car fanbase. The V8 engine, which has dominated the top end of high-performance cars for decades, has formed a strong community of enthusiasts, which the company is at risk of losing with their decision to shift to newer electric engines. The company also gave a glimpse of its soon-to-be-launched concept for its SRT Banshee, which would be the most powerful vehicle in the line-up. The Banshee will feature an 800-volt electrical system, but the exact power output of this range is yet to be disclosed.