The infamous “merger of equals” of the car industry giants Daimler-Benz and Chrysler in 1998 gave birth to the short-lived wonder, Chrysler Pacifica. The Pacifica is one of the pioneers in the large crossover wagon category. Advertised as the “sports tourer,” this CUV spawned five model years from 2004 to 2008.
From concept to crossover
The Chrysler Pacifica did not only borrow its name from the 1999 Chrysler Pacifica concept vehicle. It is also a product of the said concept car’s fusion with another concept vehicle from Chrysler, the 2000 Chrysler Citadel. Originally, the 1999 Pacifica was a concept minivan that spells luxury all over. Inspired by the versatility of a minivan and the lavishness of a limousine, the Pacifica concept car sports a private-jet-inspired interior.
The execution of the Pacifica crossover project was far from rushed. After two years and six months of rigorous planning, Chrysler and Daimler-Benz finally gave the go signal for its production at the Windsor assembly plant.
2004: The ‘beautiful and practical’ sports tourer
The first Chrysler Pacifica model was released in 2003 for the 2004 model year. The vehicle’s interior and exterior were nothing but utter CUV perfection. Sporting a five-link independent rear suspension, the 2004 Pacifica boasts of its bold side-body creases and its wide, stable structure. Measuring 198.9 inches long and 79.3 inches wide, the Pacifica runs with 17-inch tires made of standard alloy. The interior has a six-person capacity, and the customer has the option to go for heated seats. Entertainment is covered through the available 7-inch screen video entertainment system and the Sirius Satellite Radio. The world-class body of the 2004 Pacifica was matched by a powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine and a four-speed automatic transmission that features Auto Stick manual gear changer. Equipped with side curtain-type airbags in all three rows, the original Pacifica is definitely the ultimate CUV.
2005-2006: The classy and sassy trims
The 2005 Chrysler Pacifica brought several trim level options. The Limited, Touring, and Signature Series with a five-seat capacity joined the base model in the Pacifica family. Both the Limited and the Touring trims had a standard faux wood trim. The Signature Series received a metal interior trim, while the base model offered a colored plastic trim option for the interior. The Pacifica Touring offered an optional rear parking assist and 19-inch chrome wheels. The 2006 model had a standard BeltAlert system as well as bigger mirrors, glove compartment, and a new entertainment system that features a DVD player. The Touring and Limited models bore the 3.5-liter V6 engine, while the base Pacifica takes pride in its 3.8-liter EGH V6 engine.
2007: An upgraded power source
2007 brought a brand-new addition to the original 3.8-liter and 3.5-liter V6 engines of the Chrysler Pacifica. Along with the new Dual Exhaust, the latest 4.0-liter SOHC V6 engine became available to new Pacifica models. Originally offered only with a front-wheel drive system, the three trim levels were now available in both front- and all-wheel drive systems. Aside from the improvements under the hood, the 2007 Pacifica boasts of its upgraded fascia, which includes redesigned headlights, grille, fenders, and hood. Additional optional features like a new rear-view camera installed in the navigation system, rear-seat DVD entertainment, and stain, odor, and static-resistant seat fabric were added.
2008: The last run
The last batch of Chrysler Pacifica was released for the 2008 model year. There were only minor exterior and interior deviations from the previous model. The base model was dubbed as the Pacifica LX, and it still bore the same 3.8-liter V6 engine. In November of 2007, Chrysler announced their decision to end the production and distribution of the Pacifica CUV.