Since launching it’s updated 2021 Chrysler Pacifica minivan, there has been one decision we have been questioning the Chrysler brand for. Why does Chrysler offer the Pacifica Limited and Pinnacle models with both front-wheel-drive (FWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD), while the U.S. market only comes with AWD?
One would think that the U.S. model would get the availability of FWD on the upper-tier models for those customers in the warmer climate areas across the south. With harsher winter weather than most U.S. states, the Canadian market would be more suitable for standard AWD. Thanks to our dealer connection, we are now learning that Chrysler has been listening and is now offering the choice of FWD or AWD configurations for the U.S. market too.
We are also getting our first chance to look at the pricing updates and newly added standard equipment for the 2022 model year.
Let’s start by looking at the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica Touring. As the entry-level trim for the Pacifica lineup, the 2022 model now features a new rear-seat reminder system that is designed to remind a vehicle’s driver that a child or a pet, might be in the back seat. It activates when the driver opens one of the vehicle’s rear doors before driving and issues a visible or audible alert when the driver stops, puts the vehicle in park, and turns off the engine.
There is also the introduction of a new Clean Air Filteration System that cleans 95% of air particulates and separates out pollen, allergens, and bacteria for the cleanest cabin air ever in a Chrysler minivan. Something that Stellantis has been slowly rolling out to most of its new models.
Chrysler has decided to reduce its ordering complexity going into the 2022 model year. This means the entry-level Pacifica Touring will ditch its AWD offering. Chrysler told its dealer body, that the Touring AWD only made up 2% of its sales for the 2021 model, thus explaining its cancelation.
Last year’s optional Cold Weather Group (a $495 value), is now standard equipment for 2022. This means that all 2022 Chrysler Pacifica Touring models will now get a set of Heated Front Seats and a Heated Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel in the new model year.
The Touring does get an increase of $420 to the base U.S. Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), increasing the price to $36,665 excluding the $1,495 for the destination.
In the middle of the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica lineup is the Touring L and Touring L AWD. Both models adopt the new rear-seat reminder system and Clean Air Filtration System like the Touring but also add the Safety Sphere Group from the 2021 options list.
The Safety Sphere Group (a $995 value in 2021) adds ParkSense Front Park Assist with Stop, ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist and 360 Surround View Camera to the standard features of both Touring models.
A price increase of $745 applies to both Touring L FWD and Touring L AWD for 2022. This brings the starting MSRP of $40,290 for the Touring L and $43,285 for the Touring L AWD. Both prices exclude destination charges.
As a more luxurious option in the Pacifica four model lineup, the Limited now is offered in an FWD configuration. The new offering makes the Limited model of the updated Pacifica even more profitable.
When it comes to the added content for the 2022 Pacifica Limited, the model gets the new rear-seat reminder system and Clean Air Filtration System like the rest of the lineup.
The Limited models also add last year’s Premium and Safety Sphere Group (a $1,895 value in 2021) to the Limited’s list of standard features. That content includes a 360 Surround-View Camera System, 760-Watt Amplifier, 19 Harman Kardon® Speakers with Subwoofer, Parallel and Perpendicular Park-Assist with Stop, and ParkSense® Front and Rear Park-Assist with Stop.
For those who are open-air fans, the Limited ditches the beloved tri-pane sunroof option for a dual-pane sunroof setup.
As for cost, the Limited FWD will have a starting MSRP of $48,320. The Limited AWD will get a $1,675 price hike bringing the starting MSRP to $50,915 for the AWD model.
As Chrysler’s most premium offering in its minivan portfolio, the Pacifica Pinnacle returns for the 2022 model year with two variants – FWD and AWD. Like the other models, it adds the new rear-seat reminder and Clean Air Filteration System equipment. But there is also the addition of the Trailer-Tow Group and Amazon FireTV equipment as standard equipment as well.
The Trailer-Tow Group gives the Pacifica Pinnacle the ability to tow up to 3,600 lbs.
The availability of FireTV adds over 10,000+ FireTV streaming apps to the Pacifica. It includes Amazon Music, audiobook streaming, weather, navigation, point of interest (POI) search, and assistance (i.e. daily news, quote of the day). It also makes the rear Uconnect Theater screens available to download hundreds of games. There is no subscription fee and is available with your Amazon account log-in.
The new system also incorporates a Heads-Up Display (HUD) menu for rear passenger HVAC control and integrates the system into the front seat head unit for parental limitations and content selection.
The new Pinnacle FWD model will have a starting MSRP of $52,775. The Pinnacle AWD will set customers back $55,370, an $850 price hike over the starting MSRP over the 2021 model before destination.
When it comes to the color palette of the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica, there will be 7 exterior colors available. Those colors include Ceramic Grey (PDN), Brilliant Black (PXR), and Bright White (PW7) at no extra cost. For an additional $95, Granite Crystal (PAU) and an all-new color called Silver Mist (PSE) that replaces Billet Silver can be selected. While those looking for the popular Fathom Blue (PPS) and Valvet Red (PRV) colors will add an additional $395 to the sticker of your Pacifica.
The sporty S Appearance Package (ADS) does return for 2022. It is available on Touring, Touring L, and Limited models. All S Appearance Package models receive “S” Tailgate Badging, Anodized Ink Badging, Black Grille Surround, Black Rear Fascia, and Black Day-Light Opening (DLO) Moldings. Touring L and Limited models, do get even more dark-related goodies.
For those hoping to learn more about the entire Pacifica lineup, we will be covering the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and its new equipment and options this week.
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