Chrysler decided to offer eight-passenger seating in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica for the convenience, obviously, but also because their rivals at Toyota and Honda do so in their minivans.
There is one option the competition’s minivans didn’t inspire FCA to offer on the 2017 Pacifica, however: all-wheel drive.
Speaking to Wards, Chrysler U.S. brand director Bruce Velisek said the low take-rate on the all-wheel drive Toyota Sienna (the only AWD minivan) forced them to not offer it as an option on the Pacifica.
That doesn’t mean we’ll never see an all-wheel drive Pacifica, however, with Vasilek saying the automaker remains open to the idea.
“Only Toyota offers AWD in its van but it’s not a big volume seller,” he told Wards. “We offer (front-wheel drive) and stability control and feel that works very well. However, we will continue to monitor AWD vans and will consider it in the future.”
FCA recently said the Pacifica platform could serve as the basis for the next-generation Chrysler 300. Company CEO Sergio Marchionne said that car would be offered with both front- and all-wheel drive, so it would be reasonable to assume the platform wouldn’t need much modification to support an all-wheel drive Pacifica.