The Chrysler Pacifica’s family-friendly nature doesn’t mean ho-hum. For 2018, the Pacifica gets available 4G LTE connectivity with the upgraded Uconnect 4C NAV system and 8.4-inch display. According to Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat, FCA – North America, unlimited data runs $20.00 per month.
“The Pacifica’s new, faster 4G LTE network speed creates an in-vehicle Wi-Fi Hotspot that keeps everyone in the family connected with up to eight mobile devices, making it easy to browse websites, check email, and stream video,” he said.
2018 Chrysler Pacifica Touring Plus, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and Limited, along with Pacifica Hybrid Touring Plus, Touring L, and Limited offer several different data plans from AT&T. The aforementioned standalone unlimited data plan runs $20.00 per month. Existing Mobile Share Value and Advantage plans receive 1 GB of data for $10.00 per month; a single day pass costs $5.00 and a trial period for the Wi-Fi is offered.
The 4G hotspot can also stream content from Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast, and Apple TV via the Uconnect Theater system, a segment-exclusive for Chrysler. Also included is a trial of SiriusXM Guardian on properly equipped vehicles. Benefits include real-time vehicle health reports, an app to remotely lock, unlock, or start the vehicle, and a location service which tells owners exactly where their Pacifica is.
The Uconnect system is really the focal point of the Chrysler Pacifica’s technology-oriented cabin. In a nutshell, Uconnect keeps occupants connected, entertained, and focused. Each FCA vehicle has a Uconnect system of some kind with a range of features and services, including handsfree calling or texting, AM, FM, HD, and SiriusXM radio, Bluetooth capability, and USB and AUX Ports. The Uconnect navigation provides detailed maps and turn-by-turn directions.
The most elaborate entertainment aspect of Uconnect is the available, built-in theater system in the Pacifica. Passengers can do everything from watching movies to playing games. There are two high-definition, 10-inch touchscreens and just about any device can be paired to the system via a USB or HDMI interface. For supported Android devices, content can now be streamed to the Uconnect Theater screens.
This latest generation of the Chrysler Pacifica was revealed at the 2016 North American International Auto Show. The vehicle was completely re-engineered and re-imagined with more than 100 available safety features, a hybrid option, and an electrified variant that achieves 84 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode and 33 miles of all-electric range. For those of us who grew up in the heyday of Chrysler minivans, they sure have changed a lot since then, to say the least.
Carl Anthony is Managing Editor of Automoblog and resides in Detroit, Michigan.