Introduced to the market in 1987, the Plymouth Grand Voyager is the long-wheelbase version of the Plymouth Voyager. The Plymouth Voyager may refer to either two vans created by Chrysler for its Plymouth brand—first is the 1974-1983 variant. This particular Voyager was a rebadged version of the full-size Dodge Sportsman van. The other one is the 1984 minivan that was sold alongside the Dodge Caravan. Here’s a quick look at the Plymouth Grand Voyager and its transformations during its run.
First generation: 1987-1990
In 1984, Chrysler released is brand-new minivan under its S platform—the Plymouth Voyager. The S platform was derived from the K-platform, so the Voyager notably shared a lot of components with K-cars. Aside from that, they also used the same materials for the interiors, and this gave the Voyager minivan its car-like ambiance. In 1985, the Voyager was part of Car and Driver magazine’s Ten Best list, making it a hit among consumers. A long-wheelbase version in the form of the Plymouth Grand Voyager was made available to the market after three years in 1987. This version of the model had more cargo space it was sold in two trims—SE and LE. The Voyager minivan, on the other hand, was offered in three trim levels—base, SE, and LE. Both the Voyager and Grand Voyager were known for their standard safety features, which included three-point seatbelts for front passengers and side-impact reinforcements for both front and rear outboard positions. The Voyager was marketed through several advertisements, which featured celebrities like magician Doug Henning and singers Tina Turner and Celine Dion.
Second generation: 1990-1995
The Plymouth Voyager welcomed the 90s with major upgrades and redesigns. For instance, it was furnished with new sheet metal that gave it a more aerodynamic look. The Grand Voyager, on the other hand, was furnished with new, lower-costing powertrain. Its 3.3 L V6 engine and 4-speed automatic transmission was replaced with a 3.0 L V6 engine 3-speed automatic transmission. The 5-speed manual transmission was also paired with a new 2.5 L engine compared to the old 2.2 L engine. A few years after in 1994, a new 3.8 L V6 engine, which could churn out up to 162 hp was made available for the LE trim of Grand Voyagers while the 3.3 V6 was upgraded to make it more powerful.
Third generation: 1996-2000
The third generation of Voyagers underwent a complete makeover, making it more modern with Chrysler’s new cab-forward design. It also utilized the NS platform, which featured sliding doors at the driver’s side—a first for all minivans. This upgrade put the model once again in Car and Driver magazine’s Ten Best list. During this time, both Voyagers and Grand Voyagers were sold in two trim levels only—base and SE. They also featured the new Easy-Out Roller Seats system, which made folding rear seats much easier. In 1999, the Plymouth brand of Chrysler met its end, forcing the Grand Voyager to end its run.