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Could the Chrysler Pacifica Add an All-Wheel-Drive Option?

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 3/7/2019 Joey Capparella
a close up of a car going down the road: A new report suggests that the minivan may soon join Toyota's Sienna in offering AWD.© Brad Fick - Car and Driver A new report suggests that the minivan may soon join Toyota's Sienna in offering AWD.
  • The Chrysler Pacifica minivan may gain all-wheel drive, according to a new report.
  • This would help the Chrysler better compete against the Toyota Sienna, which is currently the only minivan with an AWD option.
  • Chrysler hasn't yet commented on whether an AWD Pacifica is happening or not.

All-wheel drive was once commonly available in the minivan segment, but today the Toyota Sienna is the only vehicle in the class to offer it. Chrysler, which offered AWD in previous generations of its vans, is reportedly working on bringing it back for its Pacifica people mover, according to a report from Automotive News.

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The motivation for offering AWD once again is apparently driven by demand for the option in Canada, where minivans enjoy strong sales. Presumably, it could help Chrysler gain sales in colder regions of the United States as well.

Chrysler previously ditched all-wheel drive in its vans when it introduced the Stow 'n Go seating option, which allows for the second- and third-row seats to fold flat into a storage compartment in the floor. Adding a driveshaft to send power to the rear likely wouldn't work with this arrangement in the Pacifica. For instance, see the Pacifica plug-in hybrid, which does away with the second-row Stow 'n Go seats to accommodate a battery pack.

This report also makes us wonder what has happened to Chrysler's previous plans to introduce a three-row crossover based on the same platform as the Pacifica. This long-rumored new model, which would offer all-wheel drive, hasn't come to fruition after it was initially discussed years ago. Fiat Chrysler's most recent five-year outlook, announced by late CEO Sergio Marchionne in summer 2018, did not lay out a road map for the Chrysler brand's future product plans.

C/D has reached out to Chrysler for comment. We will update this story as new information becomes available.

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