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FCA Debuts All-new Uconnect 5 System

Posted by: Jennifer Morand

Chrysler first introduced the 2021 Pacifica during the 2020 Chicago Auto Show back in February and, despite the COVID-19 epidemic, the automaker remains hopeful that it will remain on track to hit dealership lots later this year. One of the prominent new features of the 2021 Pacifica is the integration of Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s (FCA) all-new Uconnect 5 infotainment system. 
The shift to the new software is driven by consumer demand. According to market research, 51 percent of consumers report that technology sways their decision when selecting a new vehicle. An even higher 64 percent experience a loyalty when it comes to in-vehicle tech and, moreover, 78 percent of shoppers choose a new vehicle based on a simple and easy-to-use infotainment system. With this in mind, FCA takes a holistic approach to stay ahead of the industry transformation curve by uniting the key elements that are important to consumers. 
Backed by a new Android operating system, FCA claims Uconnect 5 is five times faster than its outgoing system and has three times the resolution when displaying on-screen graphics. It will also offer a large 10.1-inch touchscreen, which is nearly 20 percent larger than the screen it replaces.
Aesthetically speaking, everything is laid out in a logical fashion keeping in line with these four pillars:
  • Aligns with a digital lifestyle
  • Keeps vehicle fresh
  • Improves customer care
  • Allows for future tech applications 
The technology features are enhanced, including:
  • Familiar features such as swiping
  • Ability to connect two phones simultaneously using Bluetooth 
  • Allows for preset buttons
  • Faster route calculations and live traffic updates
  • Better personalization for saved preferences including radio, cluster, memory seats and navigation 
  • Better access of apps by starring favorites/most frequently used 
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration 
  • Alexa integration (enables driver to start vehicle, lock/unlock doors and open garage door all using voice commands)
FCA’s design challenge with its new Uconnect 5 system was for owners to have one-touch access to frequently used controls. Some additional noteworthy new features include the ability to mix and match content to build a personalized interface and the access to create up to five custom interfaces.
While the Uconnect 5 system will first debut on the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica, it will eventually roll out to Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat vehicles. 
For the full press release on the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica debut, click here. To find a dealership near you, visit
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