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Meet the Chrysler Pacifica AWD – for real – in its Launch Edition

by David Zatz on

After years of anticipation, Chrysler is going to sell its first all-wheel-drive minivans since 2004. The 2020 Pacifica AWD Launch Edition has the most advanced all wheel drive system of any minivan sold today; the system can transfer all torque to the wheels that have traction.

The AWD Launch Edition is a package of the Touring L; it includes the S Appearance Black Noise accents, AWD badging, new “Foreshadow” 18-inch alloy wheels, and a black interior with an 8.4 inch stereo.

Unlike past AWD minivans (or the Toyota Sienna), the Pacifica AWD has Stow-’n’-Go seats that fold into the floor; buyers can also leave the seats out and use the stowage bins for storage. In addition, unlike the Sienna, the Pacifica system automatically stops powering the driveshaft when all wheel drive isn’t needed, increasing efficiency and cutting wear.

The AWD Launch Edition has glass black headlamp eyebrows, grille surrounds, and rear valance; it wears P235/60R18 Michelin Premier self-sealing tires (but has no spare). The black interior is relieved by light gray stitching and brushed metal bezels.

Standard technology includes navigation, Uconnect Theater, Advanced SafetyTec (with some very neat technologies), a triple-pane panoramic sunroof, towing package, KeySense, and the Premium Group. The list price, nicely loaded as it is, comes to $40,240 plus destination; the Launch Edition portion of that is $3,095 (it’s included in the total). The minivans should start arriving by the end of August 2020.

Every Pacifica currently has a five-year, zero-interest financing deal; for a limited time, buyers can avoid paying anything for 120 days on any Pacifica (including the Hybrid, which is not available with AWD). Chrysler Family Pricing, a nice discount with no need to haggle, is available with the zero-interest financing. Buyers can investigate the minivan through the Online Retailing Experience at chrysler.com; over 90% of U.S. dealers are participating.


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