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Orders for well-equipped 2020 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Launch Edition open

Toyota is no longer the only minivan maker to offer all-wheel drive.

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Chrysler Pacifica has been given a thorough overhaul for the 2021 model year. The van will now be offered in an all-wheel-drive variant and has fresh exterior styling. It also has gotten a long list of new technology and added standard safety features. But before that model arrives at dealerships, many of its features, including all-wheel drive, will be available on the 2020 Pacifica AWD Launch Edition.

The 2020 Pacifica Launch Edition builds on the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L model and is equipped with all-wheel drive. It includes the S Appearance package that includes a Black Noise AWD badge, Black Noise Pacifica and Chrysler wing badging, and rolls on upgraded 18-inch wheels in the new "Foreshadow" finish. Gloss Black features on the headlamp eyebrows, grille surrounds, rear valance, and daylight opening.

2020 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Launch Edition The model features Stow'n'Go seating as well as all-wheel drive.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The appearance package extends to the interior where the seats are covered in McKinley leather seats that are stitched with Light Diesel Grey thread. The model will have an 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment touch screen.

The all-black S Appearance interior is upgraded with McKinley leather seats bordered with Light Diesel Grey stitching and an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen radio. There are brushed metal hydro bezels on the dashboard and center stack.

Buyers can add features including Uconnect Navigation, Uconnect Theater, Advanced SafetyTec, a tri-pane panoramic sunroof, trailer tow, KeySense, and the Premium Group package.

The AWD Launch Edition rides on standard 235/60-R18 Michelin Premier self-sealing tires.

The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Launch Edition is available now for ordering at Chrysler dealerships in the United States and Canada. The U.S. manufacturer's suggested retail price $40,240, excluding destination fees, includes the AWD Launch Edition package MSRP of $3,095.

The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Launch Edition is scheduled to arrive in dealerships in the third quarter of 2020.

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle | Chicago Auto Show | Major Refresh With AWD Option www.youtube.com

Chrysler's refreshed 2021 Pacifica was originally slated to go on sale in the fourth quarter of this year. Chrysler will release pricing information closer to start of sales.

A number of features contained in the new model, including FCA's new Uconnect system, are not available in the 2020 Pacifica. Additionally, the 2020 model is not sold in Chrysler's new Pinnacle trim level.

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Dream job alert

You could become Dodge's Chief Donut Maker

You can apply to become a Dodge ambassador with some great perks.

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One lucky person is about to win the car enthusiast's job of a lifetime, though only for a year. Beginning today, Dodge is accepting applications for its new and temporary Chief Donut Maker

If the title alone isn't enough to make the job sound appealing, the benefits are seemingly endless. The lucky new Dodge "employee" will pick up a $150,000 salary, along with the opportunity to drive an SRT Hellcat company car for the year. Additionally, the winner will participate in all manner of racing and car-related events, take courses at Radford Racing School, and get a load of Dodge-branded clothing.

Dodge is Hiring a Chief Donut Maker www.youtube.com

If you're reading this and thinking it sounds like a blast - you're right. There's a catch, however, which comes in the form of an intense consideration process that culminates in a racing event with a pro driver on a closed course. A panel of judges will evaluate the video entries, and wrestler Bill Goldberg will oversee the race between the top ten finalists. Dodge says the series of eliminations will air like a reality TV show, with the winner being revealed in the final episode.

Today is the opening day of the application period. You have until February 28 to submit your short video, which can be a maximum of two minutes. Get busy making your video and head here to submit it before the deadline.

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New full-size pickup truck

Toyota announces luxurious Tundra Capstone

The Capstone is a luxurious new trim for the 2022 Tundra.

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The Toyota Tundra got a much-needed overhaul for the 2022 model year, after well over a decade on sale unchanged. The new trucks are more powerful, more efficient, and much more tech-forward than than their predecessors. One area Toyota needed to improve was the Tundra's luxury factor, which has never been as strong as high-end trucks from the Americans. The enormous Japanese automaker just announced a new model that should help it catch up. The Tundra Capstone will hit dealers' lots in spring with premium finishes and features, inside and out.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone The Capstone features exclusive styling and luxury features. Toyota

Toyota notes that the Capstone truck is just as capable as its less posh counterparts. It comes standard with the Tundra's new I-Force Max hybrid powertrain that makes 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission, the combined powertrain is good for a max towing capacity of 10,340 pounds. The hybrid system can provide greater power and torque during towing, but better efficiency when cruising around town.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone Acoustic glass is a first for the Tundra, and gives the Capstone a quiet cabin.Toyota

The Capstone's cabin is where the real magic happens. The truck invites passengers with a standard automatic running boards, and the perforated leather upholstery comes in and exclusive black/white combination. There are real open-pore dark American walnut wood accents throughout the cabin, and a panoramic moonroof comes standard. The Capstone is the only Tundra model to get acoustic glass on the front doors for a quieter cabin.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone The Capstone comes with upscale, unique interior finishes, including two-tone leather upholstery.Toyota

A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 10-inch head-up display are standard. The gauge cluster can be configured to show various functions beyond speed and engine revs. A 14-inch touchscreen is standard that runs wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Toyota's infotainment systems haven't been the most responsive or easy to use, but the automaker's new interface is intuitive, responsive, and powerful. Over-the-air updates can improve functions and add new ones over time, and cloud-based apps update traffic and other information in real time.

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