Chrysler’s Pacifica Road Tripper Celebrates 40 Years of American Minivans


While demands for people carriers and MPVs dwindle, Chrysler’s Pacifica still stands as the brand’s last of the category, and it’s getting a new trim to celebrate 40 years of the marque’s history that shaped a majority of childhoods in the US.



No Hellcat motors sighted anywhere, unfortunately. In fact, there isn’t any performance increase in this; the Road Tripper is available in Brilliant White, Brilliant Black, and Ceramic Gray, and there’s three trims that can be optioned with the package: the Pacifica Touring L (where it’s a $2,395 option), the Pacifica Touring L AWD (where it’s a $2,095 option), and the Pacifica Touring L Hybrid (on which it is a $1,495 option). For the Hybrid, it’ll be an additional $1,495, an extra $2,095 for the L AWD, and will cost $2,395 for the L variant.



So what’s new? The Road Tripper adds more functionality to the already well-equipped family transporter, like a roof rack that has compatibility with related accessories from Mopar, and Mopar all-weather floor mats. Those are sure to protect the floorings from all sorts of dirt and grime, which, when considering the buyers’ demographics, will definitely come in handy. Entertainment comes in the form of the Uconnect Theatre with Amazon Fire TV compatibility and an array of other features for passengers. ICE trims also have the Trailer Tow Group included, which allows for a 1633 kg towing capability. 



The outside is where most changes can be perceived; the small side decals that spell out the trim on the front doors have a Brilliant Orange outline, and the Luster Gray wheels have center caps that show off the Chrysler logo in the same shade of orange. Speaking of which, the wheels of the hybrid are 18-inch, and regular models get 20-inchers. You’ll find semi-gloss Granite Crystal finishes on the door handles and moldings, front grille, and mirror caps.



A poll was held for the name of the Pacifica’s new trim, and by the decision of fans, Road Tripper came out on top. According to Chrysler, there was positive reception to an image of a family going on a roadtrip. The history of the marque with minivans of all shapes and sizes has led to this very trim, which “celebrates (Pacifica)’s role as the perfect vehicle for creating unforgettable family moments on the road.” CEO Chris Feuell also claimed that “Pacifica is the ultimate ‘Van Life for Real Life’ solution, and makes lives easier with innovative high-tech features, award-winning interior comfort and safety technology.”



While families are keeping the tradition of roadtripping in people carriers alive, the roads are no longer what they used to be (and you know exactly why). Proper comfort-oriented minivans like the Pacifica may not have much time left before the inevitable axing, but we will always remember them much more than any new SUV.



p dir=”ltr”>(Images sourced from Chrysler)

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