2020 Chrysler Pacifica Release Date

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Chrysler’s sales still haven’t hit their lowest point in recent decades although they’re certainly on the path to doing so. One of two FCA namesake brands has managed to market only 188,545 vehicles in the U.S. during 2017 which is perilously close to their 2009 recession minimum of 177,015 units. What’s more, the first three quarters of 2018 aren’t exactly looking promising with total sales during the period amounting to 127,156 vehicles. This represents a drop of 11.5 percent compared to the same period in 2017 when the brand marketed 143,809 cars. With no substantial growth in 2020 Chrysler model numbers, the once mighty division’s woes are expected to continue for a while yet.

At the moment, the Chrysler book has only got two pages, metaphorically speaking. While the Pacifica minivan’s sales continue to grow, the 300 sedan is standing in place. With the latter of the two scheduled to get the ax in 2020, it’s evident that the FCA luxury division has already put a plan in motion – a plan that would, hopefully, see the Chrysler brand get back on track and recapture its former glory. READ: 2018 Chrysler 200 Release Date Photos

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Instead of the iconic 300 nameplate, the Chrysler division will offer something more contemporary. Apparently, that’ll be nothing other than another people hauler based on the Portal concept unveiled at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This would convert the brand into a dedicated people hauling division with only minivans in its portfolio. That’s one way of giving newfound purpose to the faltering luxury badge. The introduction of at least a couple of luxury crossovers would be another, but the FCA brass probably aren’t prepared for the sales cannibalization issues that would evidently spring out from that particular approach.

It’s still too early to speculate on Chrysler’s future as a division within the FCA range, but at least we can focus on MY 2020 and its impact on the once-mighty brand. We can also go back in time when the Chrysler badge inspired much more awe. Here are some of the almost forgotten classic Chrysler models you might have trouble recognizing.

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The Chrysler Pacifica stands out as one of the best minivans currently available on the market. This shouldn’t come as a surprise considering how the former Chrysler Corporation is actually responsible for their existence. The high-end minivan is currently available in both conventional internal-combustion-powered and plug-in hybrid forms. Both have their their own particular advantages, but there are no differences when it comes to utility. Regardless of choice, you’ll get up to 141 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats behind the front row folded. Although not class-leading figures, one has to take the Pacifica’s upscale demeanor into account. Also, Chrysler’s only remaining minivan after the Dodge Grand Caravan’s discontinuation comes with revolutionary Stow N’ Go seats (although not in hybrid form) and a built-in vacuum cleaner. Conventional models start from around $27,000, but the hybrid Pacifica warrants at least $40,000 to begin with. That makes it a tough sell in this competitive family segment despite boasting numerous advantages over its rivals.

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The powertrain lineup is expected to remain in place for MY 2020. The conventional Chrysler Pacifica minivans draw inspiration from a 3.6L V6 engine that’s good enough for 287 horsepower by itself. It’s paired with a 9-speed automatic gearbox and comes exclusively in front-wheel drive guise. The Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid utilizes the same engine, albeit with a helping hand from a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. This setup clocks out at slightly lower 260 ponies but provides 33 miles of electric-only range and much better fuel efficiency of 32 mpg combined compared to non-hybrid’s 22 mpg combined. Furthermore, the EPA rates it at 84 MPGe when the electric bit of its powertrain gets taken into account. The Chrysler Pacifica hybrid gets a CVT transmission and all-wheel drive is still nowhere to be found. FCA won’t be updating the Pacifica during MY 2020 – at least not to any meaningful extent – because why dabble with a superior product?

Let’s get one thing straight before we proceed – there’s very little info about the future production model based on the Portal concept first previewed at the 2017 CES. With that out of the way, the Portal-based production vehicle will most likely be another minivan – and an all-electric one at that – as mentioned in the intro section already. It’ll apparently share the Pacifica’s underpinnings and likely occupy the outgoing Grand Caravan’s empty slot in FCA’s Windsor, Ontario assembly plant. In other words, the new FCA minivan will also be built alongside the Pacifica. The EV minivan will arrive sometime during 2020 at the earliest, but it’s still unclear whether that’ll be in time for MY 2020 or MY 2021. It’s also unclear in which agreement the Portal-based production model and Pacifica will coexist once the time comes. We do know that it represents an awkward replacement for the Chrysler 300 sedan which we apparently won’t be seeing after 2020.

The Chrysler Portal concept car was offered with a hefty 100 kWh battery pack straight from the gates. The lithium-ion unit is apparently sufficient for up to 250 miles of range which might look good on paper at this moment, but could already be somewhat inadequate by the time 2020 is upon us. The concept car’s battery stack was also compatible with 350 kW DC fast charging which is capable of providing up to 150 miles of range in a meager 20 minutes. Let’s hope the production model will at least retain the Portal concept’s specifications if not improve on them by some extent. Sadly, that’s pretty much everything there is to the forthcoming all-electric Chrysler minivan apart from the one last assumption. It’ll most likely cost more than the Pacifica hybrid given the highly-expensive EV technology behind it.

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