Chrysler minivans are considered as one of the bestselling automotive nameplates all around the world. In fact, in the US alone, Chrysler and Dodge minivans take up 40% of the sales in the minivan segment. This doesn’t come as a surprise since Chrysler Group LLC is considered as a pioneer and a leader in innovation with their minivan’s features. Apart from that, their vehicles are also award-winning, which helped gain the trust of all kinds of buyers worldwide. One example of a typical Chrysler minivan is the Voyager. The Chrysler Voyager was first introduced to the European market in 1988. It was basically a rebadged version of the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager, and it was nearly identical to the latter save for its headlights and grilles.
First generation: 1988-1990
Released as a rebadged Plymouth Voyager and Dodge Caravan, the first generation of Chrysler Voyagers sold in Europe were powered by 2.5L four-cylinder or 3.0L Mitsubishi V6 engines. In the U.S., the Mitsubishi engine was not made available in California since it didn’t pass the stringent emission standards of the golden state. To replace it, Voyagers were sold with a 3.3L engine.
Second generation: 1991-1995
The second generation of Voyagers was the last batch that was equipped with manual transmissions. During the early part of the 90s, the South African version of the Voyager also received military modifications. This was done by increasing the capacity of the fuel tanks. Meanwhile, 2.5L turbo diesel engines created by VM motori were made available to the European market.
Third generation: 1996-2000
In 1996, the Chrysler Voyager underwent tests done by EuroNCAP and it performed badly during the crash tests. However, consumers didn’t seem to mind the low test scores since the vehicle was extremely convenient to drive. It comfortably seated around 7 people and it had ample amount of cargo space and legroom, making it ideal for driving with the family or with a large group. It also came with seats at the back that were easily folded, giving way to more space for cargo.
Fourth generation: 2001-2007
Safety ratings of the Voyager definitely improved during this decade, and it was also during this time—from 2001 to 2003—that the vehicle was briefly sold to the American market. The U.S. release was still a rebadged version of its Plymouth counterpart, but this time, it was actually based on the short-wheelbase version of the Plymouth car. The release happened after the Plymouth division of then DaimlerChrysler AF brand folded. It was also during this decade that the Voyager and other Chrysler minivans were redesigned. VCR and DVD-based rear seat entertainment systems were also made available at the start of the decade.
Fifth generation: 2008-present
In 2008, a new and improved luxury MPV version of the Voyager was introduced to the market. At first look, it’s very similar to the Chrysler Town and Country. But beneath the car’s body, the vehicle also incorporated seating systems that helped enhance the vehicle’ stability.