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Chrysler Voyager/Grand Voyager
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Manufacturer Chrysler
DaimlerChrysler
Production 1988–present
Predecessor Plymouth Voyager
Lancia Phedra (Europe)
Successor Chrysler Town & Country (short wheelbase, SWB); for U.S. version
Class Minivan
Related Dodge Caravan
Chrysler Town & Country
Volkswagen Routan

The Chrysler Voyager or Chrysler Grand Voyager is a minivan sold by the Chrysler division of American automobile manufacturer Chrysler Group LLC. For most of its existence, vehicles bearing the Chrysler Voyager nameplate have been sold exclusively outside the United States, primarily in Europe and Mexico.

The Voyager was introduced in Europe in 1988 as a rebadged version of the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager sold in the United States, and has evolved with the Caravan, Plymouth Voyager, and Chrysler Town & Country since. Vehicles bearing the Chrysler Voyager nameplate were briefly sold in the United States from 2001–2003 as a rebadged version of the short-wheelbase (SWB) variant of the Plymouth Voyager following the 2001 folding of the Plymouth division of DaimlerChrysler AG.

Together with its nameplate variants, the Chrysler minivans have ranked as the 13th bestselling automotive nameplate worldwide, with over 12 million sold.[1]

The European Chrysler Voyager was first released in 1988, nearly identical to its American counterpart, the Plymouth Voyager; the only visual differences between the two were the head/taillights and grille. Besides the slightly different appearance, the European Voyagers were sold with different engines, including diesel engines, which are popular in Europe; and the trim was different. They were also available with manual transmission & a foot operated emergency brake.

The current European Chrysler Grand Voyagers are very similar to the 2008 and later Chrysler Town & Country cars, and are sold only in the long wheelbase version (as in North America).

Although now produced solely in Ontario, Canada, the Grand Voyagers are still available with diesel engines as standard. These diesel engines are based on a modern double overhead cam common rail design from VM Motori of Italy.

Since 2011, the Voyager is sold under the Lancia badge in Europe to strengthen the Chrysler-Lancia integration.

However, it remains branded as the Chrysler Voyager in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Generation IEdit

Generation I
Also called Chrysler Grand Voyager (LWB Model)
Chrysler Voyager (SWB Model)
Production 1988–1990
Body style(s) 3-door minivan
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive
Platform Chrysler S platform
Engine(s) 2.4 L EDZ I4
3.3 L EGA V6
3.0 L Mitsubishi 6G72 V6
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
3-speed A413 automatic
3-speed A670 automatic
4-speed A604 automatic
Related Chrysler Town & Country
Plymouth Voyager
Dodge Caravan

1988-1990 models in Europe are rebadged Dodge Caravans, although the Caravan in the USA was sold alongside the Chrysler Voyager in counterparts. For 1988, the Chrysler Voyager in Europe was identical to the Plymouth Voyager in the United States except that the 3.8 L V6 was not available for the Chrysler Voyager. Base models of the Voyager were offered in most states with either a 2.4 L four-cylinder or a 3.0 L Mitsubishi V6 engine, except in California and several northeastern states, where the Mitsubishi V6 didn't meet emissions standards. In those locales, the 3.3 L engine was offered instead. The 1990s Chrysler Voyager grille was related to a Dodge Caravan in the United States.

EnginesEdit

Prices(MSRP)Edit

  • $18,850-$24,525 USD
  • $19,150-$23,525 USD
  • $19,575-$23,650 USD
  • $20,750-$23,800 USD

Generation IIEdit

Generation II
Also called Chrysler Grand Voyager (LWB Model)
Chrysler Voyager (SWB Model)
Production 1991–1995
Assembly Graz, Austria (EUROSTAR)
Body style(s) 3-door minivan
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive
Platform Chrysler AS platform
Engine(s) 2.4 L EDZ I4
2.5 L VM425 Turbo Diesel
3.0 L Mitsubishi 6G72 V6
3.3 L EGA V6
3.8 L EGH V6
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
3-speed A413 automatic
3-speed A670 automatic
4-speed A604 automatic
Related Chrysler Town & Country
Plymouth Voyager
Dodge Caravan

1991-1995 models in Europe are rebadged Dodge Caravans, although the Caravan in the USA was sold alongside the Chrysler Voyager in counterparts. For 1991, the Chrysler Voyager in Europe was identical to the Plymouth Voyager in the United States except that the 3.8 L V6 was not available for the Chrysler Voyager. Base models of the Voyager were offered in most states with either a 2.4 L four-cylinder or a 3.0 L Mitsubishi V6 engine, except in California and several northeastern states, where the Mitsubishi V6 didn't meet emissions standards. In those locales, the 3.3 L engine was offered instead. Starting from 1994 was offered for European market 2.5 L turbo diesel produced by VM motori. The 1991-1995 Chrysler Voyager's mesh grille is related to a Dodge Caravan in the United States. It was also the final generation with manual transmission.

EnginesEdit

Prices(MSRP)Edit

  • $18,850-$24,525 USD
  • $19,150-$23,525 USD
  • $19,575-$23,650 USD
  • $20,750-$23,800 USD

Generation IIIEdit

Generation III
Also called Chrysler Grand Voyager (LWB model)
Chrysler Voyager (SWB model)
Production 1996–2000
Assembly Fenton, Missouri, United States
Graz, Austria (EUROSTAR)
Body style(s) 3-door minivan
4-door minivan
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive
Platform Chrysler GS platform
Chrysler NS platform
Engine(s) 2.0 L A588 SOHC
2.0 L ECC DOHC
2.4 L EDZ I4
2.5 L VM425 Turbo Diesel
3.0 L Mitsubishi 6G72 V6
3.3 L EGA V6
Transmission(s) 3-speed 31TH automatic
4-speed 41TE automatic
Wheelbase 113.3 in (2,878 mm)
119.3 in (3,030 mm) (Grand Voyager)
Length 186.3 in (4,732 mm)
199.6 in (5,070 mm) (Grand Voyager)
Width 75.6 in (1,920 mm)
Height 68.5 in (1,740 mm)
68.4 in (1,737 mm)
Curb weight 3,528 lb (1,600 kg)
3,680 lb (1,669 kg) (Grand Voyager)
Related Chrysler Town & Country
Dodge Caravan
Plymouth Voyager

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Chrysler Voyager NS 3-Door
Chrysler Voyager (Mexico)
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1996-1999 models in Mexico are rebadged Dodge Caravans, although the Caravan was sold alongside the Voyager. For 2000, the Chrysler Voyager was identical to the Plymouth Voyager except that the 3.8 L V6 was not available for the Chrysler Voyager. Base models of the Voyager were offered in most states with either a 2.4 L four-cylinder or a 3.0 L Mitsubishi V6 engine, except in California and several northeastern states, where the Mitsubishi V6 didn't meet emissions standards. In those locales, the 3.3 L engine was offered instead. For European market were offered also 2.0 L Straight-4 SOHC and DOHC engines and 2.5 L turbo diesel produced by VM motori.

EnginesEdit

US pricing and trim levels for both generationsEdit

Prices(MSRP)Edit

  • 2000 - $18,850-$24,525 USD
  • 2001 - $19,150-$23,525 USD
  • 2002 - $19,575-$23,650 USD
  • 2003 - $20,750-$23,800 USD

SafetyEdit

According to EuroNCAP crash test results, the 1996 model Chrysler Voyager 'did so badly in the frontal impact that it earned no points,[2] making it the worst of the group. The body structure became unstable and the steering column was driven back into the driver's chest and head'. The 2006 model Chrysler Voyager fared little better, achieving just 19% in the frontal impact test, with an overall score of 2 stars out of a possible 5.[3] However, chest compression measurements on the test dummy 'indicated an unacceptably high risk of serious or fatal injury. As a result, the final star in the adult occupant rating is struck-through'.

Despite the bad results in the Euro NCAP crash tests, statistics from the real world indicate that this is not the whole picture. Folksam is a Swedish insurance company that in May 2009 published a report on injuries and survivability of 172 car models. 88-96 generation get a real world rating of "Average", and the 96-00 generation get a rating called "Safest" (at least 30% safer than the average car.)

Generation IVEdit

Generation IV
Also called Chrysler Caravan
Chrysler Grand Caravan
Chrysler Grand Voyager (LWB model)
Chrysler Voyager (SWB model)
Production 2001–2007
Assembly Fenton, Missouri, United States
Graz, Austria
Fuzhou, China
Body style(s) 4-door minivan
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive
Platform Chrysler RG Platform
Chrysler RS platform
Engine(s) 2.4 L EDZ I4
3.3 L EGA V6
3.8 L EGH V6
Transmission(s) 3-speed 31TH automatic
4-speed 41TE automatic
Wheelbase 113.3 in (2,878 mm)
Grand Voyager: 119.3 in (3,030 mm)
Length 189.1 in (4,803 mm)
2001-02 LX: 189.3 in (4,808 mm)
Grand Voyager: 200.5 in (5,093 mm)
Width 78.6 in (1,996 mm)
Height 68.9 in (1,750 mm)
2001-2003 Grand Voyager: 1,748 mm (68.8 in)
2005-present: 1,750 mm (68.9 in)
Related Chrysler Town & Country
Dodge Caravan

2001-2003 Chrysler Voyager -- 04-10-2011 From 2001 to 2003, the Voyager was offered in the SWB model only, replacing the SWB Plymouth Voyager. It resembled the Town and Country more than the previous generation, the only major cosmetic difference besides the trim (where the Town and Country's is fancier) was the placement of the Chrysler emblem on the grille. After the 2003 model year, the Voyager was discontinued and replaced by the Chrysler Town and Country, SWB model.

EnginesEdit

  • 2001–2003 3.3 L EGA V6
  • 2001–2003 3.8 L EGH V6
  • 2002–2003 2.4 L EDZ I4

Year to year changesEdit

  • 2000: The Voyager is sold as a Plymouth and as a Chrysler, with the same options and features, however the Chrysler versions have sticker prices of about $500 USD more.
  • 2001: The Chrysler Voyager was completely redesigned for this year as were the other Chrysler minivans. It was now only sold under the Chrysler marque; no "Grand" LWB versions are sold. Some new features include side airbags and an optional navigation system.
  • 2002: Either a VCR or a DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system was a new optional, dealer-installed on all 2002 Voyagers. A high-value entry-level model, the eC was offered this year along with the base and LX models. All 2002 Voyagers now used a four-speed automatic transmission.
  • 2003: Power-adjustable brake and accelerator pedals were available on 2003 Voyagers. Anti-lock brakes remained optional for the upscale LX, but were no longer available for base Voyagers. The Voyager was discontinued after this year and was replaced by the little-changed SWB Town and Country.
Chrysler Grand Voyager front 20070902
2007 Chrysler Grand Voyager (European model)
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In Europe Chrysler began offering the Voyager with Generation I, followed by a Generation II model in 2001 with a new engine range — including larger, more economical diesel engines (2.5 L and for 2005 - the 2.8 L 4 cyl. from VM Motori) and more fuel-efficient petrol engines (4 cyl. and V-6).

The Generation II model continues to be produced in China for that market.

Generation VEdit

Generation V
[[File:Chrysler Grand Voyager V front 20100508|frameless|upright=1.25|alt=]]
Also called Chrysler Grand Voyager
Lancia Voyager
Production 2008–present
Assembly Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Body style(s) 4-door minivan
Layout FF layout
Platform Chrysler RT platform
Engine(s) 2.8 L VM Motori R 428 DOHC 4-cyl Turbodiesel
3.8 L EGH V6
Transmission(s) Chrysler 62TE 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 121.2 in (3,078 mm)
Length 202.5 in (5,144 mm)
Width 76.9 in (1,953 mm)
Height 68.9 in (1,750 mm)
Related Chrysler Town & Country
Dodge Grand Caravan
Volkswagen Routan
Designer Ralph Gilles

Chrysler introduced the new Grand Voyager for 2008 and successfully positioned it in the automotive market as a luxury MPV suited for large families. The Grand Voyager is visually identical to the Chrysler Town & Country which is sold in the North American market. In similar fashion to the other large multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) on the market the Grand Voyager is sold with a standard diesel engine in Europe.

However, the seating is arranged in the 2-2-3 (front to rear) layout common in North America, rather than the 2-3-2 layout often seen in SUVs and MPVs in Europe. On right hand drive (RHD) models the gear shift lever is placed on a floor mounted console between the seats, in contrast to the instrument panel positioning found on LHD models.

Standard engineEdit

The 2009 Grand Voyager with diesel motor gets a combined fuel economy of 9.3 L/100 km (30 mpg-imp/25 mpg-US).[5]

Optional engine on top of the range Limited models:

  • 2008–present: 3.8 L (3778 cc, 230.5 cu in) EGH V6, 197 hp (147 kW) at 5200 rpm and 230 ft·lbf (312 N·m) at 4000 rpm

Both engines are paired with Chrysler's 62TE 6 speed automatic transmission with variable line pressure (VLP) technology (See Ultradrive#62TE).

Trim levelsEdit

  • Base
  • SE
  • LE
  • LX
  • eC
  • Touring
  • Limited

CountriesEdit

Seating featuresEdit

The Chrysler Voyager has incorporated various seating systems for their minivans to enhance interior flexibility.

Integrated child safety seatsEdit

In 1992, Chrysler introduced a second row bench seat integrating two child booster seats. These seats continued as an available option through Generation V until they were discontinued in 2010.

Easy Out Roller SeatsEdit

In 1996, Chrysler had introduced a system of seats to simplify installation, removal, and re-positioning— marketed as Easy-Out Roller Seats. The system remained in use throughout the life of the Chrysler Voyager.

When installed, the seats are latched to floor-mounted strikers. When unlatched, eight rollers lift each seat, allowing it to be rolled fore and aft. Tracks have locator depressions for rollers, thus enabling simple installation. Ergonomic levers at the seatbacks release the floor latches single handedly without tools and raise the seats onto the rollers in a single motion. Additionally, seatbacks were designed to fold forward. Seat roller tracks are permanently attached to the floor and seat stanchions are aligned, facilitating the longitiudinal rolling of the seats. Bench seat stanchions were moved inboard to reduce bending stress in the seat frames, allowing them to be lighter.

When configured as two and three person benches, the Easy Out Roller Seats could be unwieldy. Beginning in 2001, second and third row seats became available in a 'quad' configuration — bucket or captain chairs in the second row and a third row three-person 50/50 split "bench" — with each section weighing under 50 lb (23 kg).

Stow 'n GoEdit

The Chrysler Grand Voyager offers standard Stow 'n Go fold into the floor middle and rear seating, and has available an optional system of second row seats that swivel to face the third row — marketed as Swivel'n Go seating. Also available are ceiling mounted video entertainment systems and power windows in the sliding doors. Self levelling rear suspension is also available.

Several European automotive magazines and websites have praised the Grand Voyager for its torquey engine, smooth highway ride and comfortable seats for long distance journeys. However, in some cases the diesel engine's fuel consumption and road noise are not considered up to par with the best of the competition.[6][7]

In 2010 Fiat announced that the Chrysler Grand Voyager will undergo a Minor Model Change (MMC) for the 2011 model year, following which it will also be sold under the Lancia brand name in several European markets.

Swivel 'n Go SeatingEdit

Chrysler introduced a seating system in 2008, marketed as Swivel'n Go. In the seating system, two full size second row seats swivel to face the third row. A detachable table can be placed between the second and third row seats. The Swivel'n Go seating system includes the 3rd row seating from the Stow'n Go system.

These Swivel 'n Go Seats are manufactured by Intier Corp. a division of Magna. The tracks, risers and swivel mechanisms are assembled by Camslide, a division of Intier. The swivel mechanism was designed by and is produced by Toyo Seat USA Corp.

The system is noted for its high strength. The entire load of the seat in the event of a crash is transferred through the swivel mechanism, which is almost twice as strong as the minimum government requirement.

The swivel mechanism includes bumpers that stabilize the seat while in the lock position. When rotated the seat comes off these bumpers to allow easy rotation.

The seat is not meant to be left in an unlocked position or swiveled with the occupant in it, although this will not damage the swivel mechanism.

Minivan production outside North AmericaEdit

In the early years of the European Voyager the cars were produced in North America and were exported to Europe (1988–1991).
In 1991 the first "made-in-Austria" Voyagers were produced in Austria at the Eurostar plant nearby Graz. Eurostar was a Joint Venture between Chrysler and the Austrian company Steyr-Daimler-Puch.[8] It was later acquired by Daimler-Chrysler and finally the plant was sold to Magna Steyr in 2002.[9] The minivan production ended there at the end of 2007.[10] Units produced in Austria were marketed in Europe, Asia, and Africa. They were built with Gasoline and diesel engines, with manual transmission version, in short wheelbase (SWB) and long wheelbase versions and in right and left-hand drive versions (all sold as Chrysler Voyager cars).

The current European Voyagers (2008 model) are now produced in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and exported to the European market.

ReferencesEdit

Smallwikipedialogo This page uses some content from Wikipedia. The original article was at Chrysler Voyager. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki, the text of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons by Attribution License and/or GNU Free Documentation License. Please check page history for when the original article was copied to Wikia

  1. "Chrysler LLC Celebrates 25th Anniversary of the Minivan". Autonew24h.com.
  2. "Chrysler Voyager 1999". euroncap.com. Retrieved on 2008-02-01.
  3. "Chrysler Voyager 2007". www.euroncap.com. Retrieved on 2008-02-01.
  4. "Grand Voyager - Specifications". Chrysler. Retrieved on 2010-03-15.
  5. "Caractéristiques Techniques et Tarifaires Grand Voyager" (in French). Chrysler France (2008). Retrieved on 12 August 2010.
  6. "Chrysler Grand Voyager | Road Tests". Honest John (2009-04-27). Retrieved on 2010-06-27.
  7. "New Chrysler Grand Voyager Car Review - Parker's". Parkers.co.uk. Retrieved on 2010-06-27.
  8. "diepresse.com article, Austrian newspaper" (3 December 2007). Retrieved on 2008-01-22. . Eurostar was a Joint-Venture
  9. "handelsblatt.com article, German newspaper" (15 February 2002). Retrieved on 2008-01-22. . Chrysler is selling Eurostar to Magna Steyr
  10. "diepresse.com article, Austrian newspaper" (4 June 2008). Retrieved on 2008-01-22. . Voyager production ended in 2007 in Austria.

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