The Chrysler Grand Voyager may not be among the most popular people movers across the globe. But the fact that it is now on its 5th generation and has survived 30 years in the industry and still counting, there sure is something to it that makes it gain loyal followers through the years.
The Grand Voyager is a luxury minivan produced by Chrysler and marketed mainly outside the United States, though there were Voyagers sold briefly in the American market from 2001 to 2003. With more than 12 million units sold, these Chrysler minivans, along with their other nameplate variants, have ranked as the 13th bestselling automotive nameplate across the globe.
1988 - 1995: 1st and 2nd generations of Grand Voyager
The first Grand Voyagers were introduced in Europe as a rebadged version of the two vehicles marketed in the U.S.—the Plymouth Voyager and Dodge Caravan. The first generation, produced from 1988 to 1990 model years, were powered either by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a 3.0-liter Mitsubishi V6 engine. In some U.S. states, particularly California, the Mitsubishi V6 failed to meet emissions standards, so Voyagers for these areas derived their power from the 3.3-liter L engine. On the outside, the first Chrysler Grand Voyager sold in Europe looked very much the same with the Plymouth Voyager in the U.S. market.
The second-generation (1991 - 1995) Grand Voyagers for the European market were essentially rebadged Dodge Caravans. For this generation, some models were modified for military use. There were also some modifications done for models sold in South Africa. These Voyagers have larger—240 to 360 liters—fuel tanks. In 1994, Chrysler also offered the 2.5 turbo diesel made by VM motori. This was also the last generation of Grand Voyager to use manual transmission.
1996-2007: 3rd and 4th generations of Grand Voyager
The third generation of Chrysler Grand Voyager, which was marketed from 1996 to 2001, didn’t receive much change under the hood but came well equipped with adjustable steering column, cruise control, alloy wheels, power-adjusted driver’s seat, roof rack, and front fog lights. The demand for this vehicle in the UK was high that Chrysler soon added the more luxurious leather-trimmed LX variant. For this generation, buyers who are more concerned with the vehicle’s fuel economy were given the option to go for the 2.5-liter turbodiesel variants.
To mark the start of the Grand Voyager’s fourth generation, Chrysler offered a totally revised Voyager for the 2001 model year. The overall look of the vehicle was modified, and it received additional features such as side airbags as well as front seat belt pretensioners, powered tailgate, powered removable center console, and three-zone automatic temperature control. This generation also received several industry firsts, including power dual sliding side doors featuring industry-first inside-the-door motor and power sliding door obstacle detection system.
2008-present: 5th generation of Grand Voyager
The new Voyager for 2008 model year onwards was slotted as a luxury MPV aimed for large families. The seating was arranged according to the common layout in North America, which is 2-2-3, front to rear. In Europe, 2011 seemed to be the last for Chrysler Voyager as all models offered here were marketed under the Lancia brand, hence the nameplate Lancia Voyager. In other countries like United Kingdom, Russia, South Korea, Ireland, and Singapore, this luxury MVP was still sold as Chrysler Grand Voyager.