The Chrysler Voyager is classified as a luxury minivan which is sold by the Chrysler division of Chrysler Group LLC. A majority of the vehicles that bear the Chrysler Voyager nameplate have been sold outside of the United States in Mexico as well as numerous countries throughout Europe. The Voyager was first introduced to the public in Europe in 1988 and was essentially a rebadged version of the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager which was sold exclusively in the U.S. In the years between 2001 and 2003, some of the vehicles with the Chrysler nameplate were sold inside the United States.
The European version of the Chrysler Voyager was first launched in 1988 and had many striking similarities to its American counterpart, including both interior and exterior features/components. One of the only visible differences between these two vehicles was the headlights and taillights as well as the grille. Despite the only slightly different appearance of these cars, the Voyager was sold with a number of different engines, including diesel, which became especially popular throughout Europe. These vehicles were available with manual transmissions as well as a foot-operated emergency brake.
The current European version of the Chrysler Grand Voyager is extremely similar to the 2008 version of the Chrysler Town & Country car and they are sold only in the long-wheelbase version in the U.S and Canada. While the Grand Voyager is currently produced only in Ontario, Canada, these vehicles are available with diesel engines as a standard feature. The diesel engines that these vehicles use is based on a modern double overhead cam common rail design which comes from VM Motori in Italy. The Voyager has been sold under the Lancia badge since 2011 in Europe in order to solidify the Chrysler-Lancia partnership.
The first generation Voyager, made from 1988 to 1990, was sold in Europe where all Dodge Caravans were rebranded with the Chrysler nameplate. The Caravans were sold with the much similar Plymouth Voyager as well. The European version of the Chrysler Voyager was extremely similar to that of the American Dodge Caravan, with the one exception that a V6 engine was not available to European consumers. American models of this vehicle were sold in a majority of the states, typically with a 2.5 liter four-cylinder or 3.0 liter Mitsubishi V6 engine.
The Chrysler Voyager is now in its fifth generation and has undergone a major facelift with some significant upgrades and improvements to a variety of components and features. Chrysler first introduced this new Voyager in 2008, marketing it as a luxury MPV particularly well-suited for larger families. The Grand Voyager is very similar to the Chrysler Town & Country in a number of ways and was sold throughout North America as well as South American countries. The standard engine that comes with the 2010 Voyager is a 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 which is capable of 283 horsepower at 6600 RPM and 260 pound-feet of torque.
There are many features that the modern Chrysler Voyager has which make it especially attractive to those consumers with large families, including easy roller seats, which were first designed in 1996. There is also the stow’n go seating which was implemented in 2005, giving this vehicle a third row seating which was able to fold completely into the under-floor compartments. The swivel ‘n go seating was implemented in 2008, allowing the two full size second rows in the vehicle to swivel around to face the third row. This vehicle is definitely a popular choice among consumers in both Europe and North America, marketed mostly as a family vehicle with a lot of great safety features and a sleek design as well.