Earlier this year, Chrysler U.S. brand director Bruce Velisek said the brand was open to the idea of an all-wheel drive variant of the Chrysler Pacifica minivan, but those plans have now been shelved.
Vasilek had said Chrysler would “continue to monitor AWD vans and will consider it in the future,” in regards to the Pacifica, however Fiat Chrysler Authority sources say the minivan will now remain front-wheel drive only.
It’s likely Fiat Chrysler scrapped the idea of an all-wheel drive Pacifica due to lack of demand. The Toyota Sienna is the only minivan currently on sale that offers all-wheel drive, and it’s not a very popular option.
“Only Toyota offers AWD in its van but it’s not a big volume seller,” Vasilek told Wards in May.
The Pacifica platform will likely serve as the basis for the next-generation Chrysler 300, which will offer front-wheel drive standard and all-wheel drive as an optional extra. The new sedan may also be made alongside the Pacifica at FCA’s Windsor, ON assembly plant, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed during a recent visit to the Canadian plant.