Chrysler is gearing up to resume production of the 2024 Chrysler Pacifica all-wheel drive (AWD) models in January 2024. The production of the popular AWD minivan was temporarily halted on August 18th, and it is now scheduled to recommence on January 2nd.
The 2024 Chrysler Pacifica AWD comes with key mechanical components that make it a notable contender in the minivan market. One of these components is the Power Transfer Unit (PTU), which is responsible for splitting torque from the nine-speed automatic transmission and directing it to the rear drive module. This setup allows the Pacifica AWD to offer improved traction and stability.
The Pacifica AWD also features a three-piece drive shaft connecting the PTU and the rear drive module, maintaining the convenience of second-row Stow ‘n Go seating storage, even with the additional driveline components.
The Rear Drive Module is a critical element of the AWD system, housing an electronically controlled wet clutch. This clutch efficiently manages torque to the rear wheels and employs a second-generation one-speed drive module optimized for weight reduction and reduced drag torque. The AWD system is fully automatic and can transfer 100 percent of engine torque to the wheels with the best traction, a standout feature in its class. It also includes a brake-lock differential system to enhance traction, ensuring torque distribution between each wheel is optimized.
The AWD system engages automatically based on various sensor inputs. It comes into play when the vehicle accelerates from a standstill or in response to factors such as cold temperatures, windshield wiper use, wheel slip, acceleration at specific speeds, electronic stability control activation, abrupt steering or throttle inputs, and challenging road conditions. When the system detects that AWD is unnecessary, it automatically disconnects the PTU and rear drive module to reduce driveline drag and improve efficiency.
However, it’s important to note that Chrysler plans to produce only 1,699 units of the 2024 Chrysler Pacifica AWD in January. This limited production run includes 612 units of Touring L models, 838 units of Limited models, and 249 units of the luxurious Pinnacle models.
If you’re interested in acquiring one of these vehicles, you should consider contacting your local Chrysler dealer promptly. Delaying your decision may result in a prolonged wait, especially during the winter season, given the anticipated demand for this model.