Is Chrysler Stellantis’ Secret Weapon?

 

The multinational automaker, Stellantis, is undoubtedly a strong competitor in the automotive market due to its extensive portfolio of car brands such as Fiat, Jeep, Ram Trucks, Alfa Romeo, and many others. Dodge clearly gets the most attention from Stellantis, therefore, it appears that the automaker views it as its knight and shining armor. However, there is one brand that has the key advantage and that’s Chrysler.

This year, Chrysler was the talk of the automotive town in good ways with its award-winning Pacifica minivan, but then, in some not-so-good ways with chatter that Stellantis might be giving this subsidiary the boot. Contrariwise, Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis quickly shot down these rumors. But the question remains: What’s next for Chrysler?

The Chrysler company only has three nameplates, which are the 300 sedan, the Pacifica minivan and Voyager minivan. It doesn’t seem like it, but the automaker still has a lot to work with. Although sedans and minivans are no longer a hot ticket on the market, Chrysler has found a way to make it work for them.

Starting off, the Pacifica has been the heavyweight champ in its segment for its unbeatable interior technologies and overall design. Even though Stellantis is rich with brands, it’s poor with singular products that continually reach first place in its division. Be that as it may, with their Pacifica model, it repeatedly gets the limelight and even more so with its Hybrid variant, due to its adeptness in handling and changeability.

This next vehicle may seem questionable, but hear us out first. Once upon a time, the Chrysler 300 sedan was the big man on campus in the mid-2000s and was often used by celebrities or prolific figures. At some point, the hype died down, to where many critics have questioned why the automaker even bothers with the car anymore. While these concerns are valid, the 300 is still a valuable nameplate, and the only thing that needs to change is the image, especially since the style has pretty much stayed the same since its 2005 debut. Nevertheless, the real equity is in its unique and powerful HEMI V8 engine, which still astounds us with its exhilarating acceleration, rumble, and force.

If we’re really digging deep as to why shutting out Chrysler would be bad for business, it’s that Stellantis needs a brand that creates a distinction between its broader companies such as Ford, Volkswagen, or Toyota. Many U.S. car buyers don’t even know what Stellantis is yet, and eliminating this iconic American brand would only cause further confusion.

Fortunately, it doesn’t seem like Stellantis needs to take our word for it because they haven’t shown any real signs of giving up Chrysler in the first place. 

Miami Lakes Chrysler

For Chrysler fans who can’t get enough of the 2021 Pacifica or their 300 model, Miami Lakes Automall has you covered! We have a great selection of Chrysler vehicles that range in a variety of different trims and prices. These models are also filled with fun features such as with the Pacifica that comes with a 10.1-inch touchscreen display with Uconnect 5 infotainment, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and even a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Those who are interested in any of these models can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative for further assistance.

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Stellantis Vehicles Get Major Props From Hispanic Motor Press

The multinational automaker, Stellantis recently got some major brownie points during the 11th annual Hispanic Motor Press Awards (HMPA) at the AutoMobility LA Virtual Media Day with the Motor Press Guild (MPG) in Los Angeles.

The 2021 Dodge Challenger, which is considered to be the quickest and most thunderous muscle car, was awarded Sports Car of the Year. In 2015, the automaker’s Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat also received these accolades.

“The Challenger SRT still embodies the spirit of the original 1970s car,” said Ricardo Rodríguez-Long, president and founder of the Hispanic Motor Press Foundation. “The Dodge Challenger, in all its V-8 forms, is the best current example of what a true American sports car is about. The most powerful and fastest machine at the lights, pressing the throttle pedal to the floor is a unique experience. Just add a white T-shirt, jeans and you will be ‘cool’ from central Michigan to Pomona.”

America’s favorite minivan, the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica, became the first vehicle in its segment to offer both gas and hybrid powertrains. These efforts were proved to not be in vain, as it received the Family Car of the Year, which was also won by 2018 by the gasoline engine and 2017 by the hybrid.

“Hispanic families need spacious accommodations and the Pacifica offers that in style and with many tech amenities,” said Rodríguez-Long. “We found it to be very smooth on the road and capable around traffic and long trips. Being a former winner, it shows that Chrysler really understands what families need when transporting their family.”

Since its debut, the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX has also been named Adventure Car of the Year.

“Today, we are living a much more active lifestyle, which includes weekends,” said Rodríguez-Long. “The Ram TRX is capable of taking you to unusual locations to experience the outdoors in a very different way. Before, you had to endure the trip to enjoy a particular place. Now the experience is getting there with over 700 horses galloping under your control. Without doubt that becomes an adventure in itself.”

Over 20 automotive experts at the foundation were there to determine the top 10 best new vehicles for Hispanic families. The panel selected one model from each category that exhibits the best value in the market for its particular clientele. Worthiness was established based on design, driving satisfaction, technology, safety, environmental impact, mechanical reliability, and value.

2021 Dodge Challenger

The record-breaking Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will continue to be a limited-production model for a year. The Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock, which was an influence of the SRT Demon, is the guiding light of the Challenger lineup, outpacing its rivals in the traditional horsepower bloodsheds.

2021 Chrysler Pacifica

The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica continues to set the standard for minivans by offering the most standard features of any of its class, as well as being the pioneer of offering both gas and hybrid powertrains. Then, with its top-tier Pinnacle trim, it has unmatchable features, a new FamCAM interior camera, wireless charging, next-generation Uconnect5 connectivity, a sporty design, and plenty of comforts that everyone can enjoy.

2021 Ram 1500

The 2021 Ram 1500 is a no-nonsense truck when it comes to stability, technology, effectiveness, performance and convenience, also encompassing features that are unique to this pickup. The pick-up compromises up to 12,750 pounds of towing capability and 2,300 pounds of payload. The eTorque mild hybrid system has advanced in its fuel efficiency for its standard V-6 engine, as well as its V-8. Additionally, the diesel variant is unmatched with 33 mpg on the highway, providing up to 1,000 miles of range on just a single tank of fuel.

Miami Lakes Chrysler

Miami Lakes Automall is your man…or dealership when it comes to providing a wide range of Stellantis vehicles, especially that of the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica minivan. We also carry the brand’s award-winning Hybrid model, and with a variety of different trims to choose from.

Those who are interested in any of our models can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative for further assistance.

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Top Features Of FCA’s Uconnect 5 System

 

FCA has a great reputation for creating innovative designs when it comes to their vehicles and engines, but it’s just as imaginative when it comes to their in-house technologies, more specifically its Uconnect 5 system. Now more than ever, their infotainment is more advanced and efficient than it’s ever been before. While many owners may be familiar with interior technologies, they haven’t experienced avant-garde experience until they’ve seen the latest Uconnect. Here are the Top Features Of FCA’s Uconnect 5 System.

Personalization

One of the most engaging features concerning consumer products is giving the buyer the ability to personalize his or her experience. The Uconnect 5 allows one to tailor the interface in several different ways, storing up to five different user profiles. Users can build their own profile, and tailor their likings for music and vehicle operation.

Voice Recognition

There different ways to engage with the Uconnect 5 system, but perhaps the most convenient of them all is through voice recognition. One can voice commands or ask questions such as Hey Chrysler, change the temperature to 70 degrees.” Of course, this will only be effective by using the activation word “Hey Chrysler” before giving the command.

One might say that this method is a safer option because you don’t have to take your eyes off the road trying to find the right button. Additionally, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can also be controlled by voice engagement. 

Navigation

Uconnect’s latest navigation system is more advanced than ever before, integrating the TomTom traffic feature, along with EV and other connected services. Like a smartphone, the One-Box-Search makes finding your destination a breeze by using your voice or keypad. However, it’s even better than a personal device since it continues to work without needing Wi-Fi. 

Two new features involve FCA’s Maps Over The Air and Last Mile Navigation. The first is a TomTom system that automatically downloads updates in the background relating to nearby traffic, and won’t interfere while in use. The second tells you where to go from your car to your final destination by way of the system’s smartphone app.

Services

Need to find the nearest gas station, restaurant, or parking space? Not the worry, as Uconnect’s Market has you back with its in-vehicle commerce platform. This allows owners to make merchant preferences without even leaving the car. The system will help you save time by allowing you to order their food, make dinner reservations, or even reserve a table. Other features involve located the nearest gas station and pay in the car as well as finding and reserving a spot for certain parking areas.

The Uconnect Mobile App

As previously mentioned, Uconnect is with you wherever you are thanks to FCA’s smartphone app. Other than Last Mile Navigation, you can use the app for functions like starting your engine, locking or unlocking your car, or getting notifications. 

Speaking of notifications, owners will receive an alert when someone drives his or her vehicle while in Valet Alert mode. Then, should you find your car missing while not in Valet Mode, one can aid the police in tracking the location of their car using Stolen Vehicle Assistance. 

This app includes other features like Family Drive Alerts to notify parents of teen drivers, as well Assist Call, so one can contact Uconnect’s customer care team for assistance with their instructions regarding the system or instructions for their vehicle.

Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) Updates

At long last, servicing and maintenance are made easy with FOTA updates. This technology is responsible for giving owners notice when it’s time for an oil change. This system also is paired with Vehicle Health Report and Vehicle Health Alert to provide the most relevant piece of information and in a timely manner. 

Miami Lakes Chrysler

You can enjoy all the benefits that the Uconnect 5 has to offer with any of FCA’s models, and there’s no better place to make a purchase than at Miami Lakes Automall. We sell a wide range of FCA vehicles such as the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica or the 2021 Chrysler 300.

Those who are interested in any of our models can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative for further assistance.

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2021 Chrysler Pacifica vs 2021 Toyota Sienna

Since its reintroduction in 2016, the Chrysler Pacifica has become one of the most, if not the most beloved minivan on the market. Credited with having the most standard interior features and highlighting Stow’ n Go seating, as well as a unique all-wheel-drive system, the Pacifica is the perfect all-in-one vehicle for families.

However, with any good car model, there’s tough competition and for the 2021 Pacifica, this rival is undoubtedly the Toyota Sienna. This van shows that it means business, as it has recently added a hybrid powertrain and already has a four-wheel-drive system. Let’s see how they stack up for 2021.

Styling

The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica helped break the cycle of previously unflattering station wagons and into an incredible renaissance for its segment. The Pinnacle model stands out in a good way thanks to its larger grille and restyled taillights, both of which can nearly trick a person into thinking that it’s a crossover. Adding the 20-inch wheels along to the incredibly sleek and contoured van will make anyone jealous in the carpool line.

The latest Sienna isn’t too shabby itself with modern touches like its swanky taillights and incredibly large grille. From the profile, it’s a bit more obvious that it’s a minivan than the Pacifica, especially with its big, sliding doors and miniature wheels, but if you pick the right color, like Sunset Bronze, it pulls everything together.

Inhouse, Chrysler doesn’t disappoint. Once again, the Pinnacle model is the most regal, especially when highlighted with its Nappa leather seats and black suede roof. To top it off, there is a set of matching throw pillows for the second-row captain’s chairs that are both chic and comfortable. Contrasting with Sienna, it gains some brownie points with its intricate detail on its dashboard and plastic trim pieces resembling wood. However, the Pacifica still adds that needed level of sophistication.

Fuel Economy

Chrysler was previously the top-dog for its engine quality due to its plug-in hybrid version, which of course allows for improved fuel efficiency than its gasoline versions. However, with the 2021 Sienna, buyers are guaranteed both an all-wheel-drive and a hybrid system, at its standard. This results in a fuel economy of 36 city/ 36 highway as opposed to the regular Pacifica’s 19 city/ 28 highway. Even if you were to get the Pacifica’s Hybrid model, it would still reach just under Toyota’s numbers.

Power

The Sienna gets its energy from a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that musters up a respectable 189 horsepower with 176 lb-ft of torque, and thanks to a little electrified assistance, that number makes a dramatic boost to 245 horsepower. The hybrid doesn’t struggle when cruising through traffic and fair well when passing, however, the continuously variable transmission (CVT) makes the drive feel like it’s missing something.

The Pacifica picks up some speed with its traditional 3.6-liter V6 engine, which drives on 287 horsepower with lb-ft of torque. It’s Hybrid, still keeps things fresh, as it has an output of 260 horsepower. The 9-speed automatic transmission also adds an exciting pick-me-up to the van and fairs better in its movements.

Features

When comparing their top-tier models, both vans bring their A-game when it comes to features. Equipped with goodies like high-quality sound systems, advanced navigation, automated tailgates, and power-operated rear sliding doors quickly stuns with its wow factor.

Both vans also share their consideration for middle-row occupants when it comes to entertainment. The Sienna provides a large single screen that folds down from the ceiling, but may also serve as a blocking point for the driver. The Pacifica’s screens have been strategically placed behind the two front seats, and allows two separate screens for both passengers, as well as built-in video games for the kiddos.

Although Toyota’s minivan is quite plentiful in its features, it still scratches the surface when compared to Chrysler’s.

Safety

While the Pacifica is certainly impressive in its amenities, the Sienna does bring home the bacon when safety is concerned. Its laundry list of safety features such as lane-keeping assist and lane-departure alert, automated braking with both pedestrian and cyclist detection, and adaptive cruise control (that even works off the highway). Automatic high-beam control is also standard with the van’s headlights. The car has even received a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The Pacifica certainly doesn’t skim when it comes to its safety features, however, the only ones that are worth getting excited about require spending a little extra doe on its high-ranking Pinnacle model.

The 2021 Pacifica or 2021 Sienna?

The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica and the 2021 Toyota Sienna outrank the competition easily with their dynamic engines, high-quality features, and eye-catching design. However, the Pacifica still takes the cake with its intricate packaging, strategic design, and better overall user-friendliness.

Miami Lakes Chrysler

Don’t just take our word for it, see what the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is all about at Miami Lakes Automall. We have a wide selection of vehicles that range from a variety of different styles and prices, including that of the Pacifica minivan

Those who are interested in any of our models can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative for further assistance.

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2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Review: Sleeker and None The Meeker

 

The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is already known for its incredible comforts, user-friendly gadgets and infotainment system, as well as its sleek and sexy styling. However, this year the automaker made significant improvements with its trimmer design, updated infotainment, and even more standard safety features. Here are all the ways that you can enjoy a spanking new Pacifica Hybrid.

Design

Last year, the Pacifica Hybrid was already a stunner in its own right, but the latest 2021 model really stepped its game up with its clean, refined, and trim styling. The slender LED headlights, attractive grille, eye-catching front fascia, and overall more refinements on the bumper as well as the improved placement of the fog lights really helped in jazzing up the minivan. Other changes involve the replacement of the previous split taillights for the glossier light bar. Likewise, each trim comes with a new set of kicks.

The cabin has also gotten a bit of a makeover for 2021, mainly with modifications to the center console that involve a harmonious flow into the dashboard, surrounding a 10.1-inch fixed touchscreen. Some fun touches like lacquered wood are currently available on higher trims levels such as the high-ranking Pinnacle model.

Comfort

The Pacifica is as smooth as silk on the road, as it easily soaks up bumps and imperfections without skipping a beat. It only gets better from there once it gets on the highway, as it easily blocks out the noise of rush hour traffic. 

Additional comforts include Nappa leather, which comes standard on the Limited Pacifica and trims above it. The S Appearance package also spruces things up by adding black leather with charming white accent stitching. 

The front seats prove to be soft and supportive, with the second-row captain’s chairs mimicking the same style, more particularly with the Nappa leather. Moreover, there is plenty of space all throughout the interior, with front seat passengers enjoying 40.1 inches of headroom and 41.1 inches of front legroom.

Technology and Connectivity

In conjunction with the cabin’s upgrade in design, the automaker also added their new and improved UConnect 5 infotainment system. The touchscreen now comes as a standard 10.1-inch touchscreen, complete with a layout that has graphics that are cleaner and crisper than ever before. The navigation system also received significant improvements, as its controls are more intuitive and the overall layout more is focused. Additionally, a now wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot comes standard on Limited models and on those above it, they also serve as options on lower trim levels.

Performance and Handling

The only reason to get a hybrid version of the Pacifica is its eco-friendly abilities and superb fuel economy, but let’s get how it performs. The car is equipped with a gas-powered 3.6-liter V6, infused with a 16-kilowatt-hour battery pack, and two electric motors, giving the minivan 260 horsepower. The hybrid motor provides drivers with 32 miles of pure electric range when it’s been fully charged. Charging at home on a standard 110-volt outlet takes around 14 hours to completely fill up, however, a 220-volt out takes only two hours.

Although the Pacifica isn’t considered the quickest vehicle out there, when it’s fully charged, it has a satisfying boost of power, and the same still rings true when it makes passes at highway speeds. 

Safety

Another highlighting feature of the Pacifica is its incredible safety features. The minivan that’s known for having the most standard safety technologies gifts buyers with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane-keep assist, forward-collision mitigation, and even rain-sensing wipers. Adaptive cruise control works well with braking smoothly and does well to distance itself from the car in front of it. At the same time, blind-spot monitoring and lane-keep assist provide the driver with a better viewpoint of vehicles nearby.

Miami Lakes Chrysler

When you’re ready to purchase a 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, be sure to do it at Miami Lakes Automall. We carry a wide range of vehicles from the automaker and at a variety of different prices. Those who are interested in any of our models can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative for further assistance.

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