Chrysler Grand Voyager car review
It is believed that the world's first minivan coined by Renault. However, fans of the American car industry are very skeptical of this statement. In their opinion, the first car with this type of bodywork was built by Chrysler, which in 1983 showed the Voyager model, which subsequently caused great demand. Voyager released both in the standard version and in the long version (Grand version). In addition, the Chrysler TownCountry model was on the American market - the most luxurious modification of this minivan.
Voyager can have modifications with one or two side doors and 5, 6, 7 or even 8 seats. Configuration offered the most different. The most simple minivans did not even have electric windows and air conditioning. But usually, the Chrysler Voyager had power and air conditioning, and in the expensive versions there is even a leather interior and a three-zone climate system.
First, the Chrysler Voyager was equipped with a 4-cylinder carburetor gasoline engine of 2.2 liters capacity of 84 hp (since 1986 - 96 hp), as well as a 2.6-liter engine with 92 hp. (since 1986 - 101 hp). However, gradually the gamma of power units expanded, and the first generation Voyager received engines of 2.0 liters (131 hp), 2.4 liters (147 hp), 2.5 liters (100 hp), 2.5 l with turbocharging (150 hp), 3.0 l (142 hp), 3.3 l (150 hp), 3.8 l (162 hp or 164 hp)
In 1988, the Chrysler Voyager survived the upgrade. The second restyling came in 1990, and, by the way, a four-wheel drive version based on a viscous coupling, created by Austrian company Steyr, appeared at the same time. Quite quickly mastered the American market of minivans, Chrysler pave the way to Europe. And while the rest of European manufacturers, catching on, were developing their projects, Voyager was so entrenched in the Old World that from August 1992, minivans for Europe began to be assembled at the EuroStar factory in Graz (Austria).
In 1995, the second generation Voyager was shown. This car has set new standards in the class "monochem". Chrysler Voyager II was equipped with gasoline engines of 2.0 liters (133 hp), 2.4 liters (150 hp), 3.3 liters V6 (158 hp) and 3.8 liters V6 ( 178 hp or 183 hp), as well as a 2.5 liter diesel engine produced by the VM company (116 hp). The drive is usually forward, but with a V6 engine, it could be full.
V6 engines aggregated only with an automatic transmission, 2-liter gasoline and turbo diesel - only with a five-step "mechanics". The 3.3 and 3.8-liter versions could be all-wheel drive.
In 2001, the world saw the third generation Voyager. Although, by and large, this car is just a seriously modernized version of the second Voyager. In the role of the main engine, gasoline engines of 2.4 liters (147 hp or 152 hp), 3.3 liters V6 (174 hp or 182 hp), 3.8 liters V6 were offered (218 hp), as well as diesel engines of 2.5 liters (143 hp) and 2.8 liters (150 hp).
The purpose of the car-traveler (as the name Voyager translates from English) is immediately clear: a calm vehicle for moving a family.
Rounded streamlined shapes and well-chosen proportions do their job - visually, the Voyager is perceived as a typical European minivan rather than as an “American”. But once you are in the cabin, you immediately realize that in actual fact it’s very spacious inside - just pay attention to the distances between the seats.
Chrysler Grand Voyager Review (2001)
The luggage compartment with the rear seats installed is 450 liters.
Inside, everything will be convenient. Four seats in the minivan can be called "privileged." The driver and three passengers have individual seats, with an armrest, from which, if desired, you can get rid of. The back sofa is designed for three, but if everyone is an adult, they will not be very comfortable on a long journey. But with children - just right.
The concept of a “free central axis” is applied in Voyager. In fact, even a rather big man can quietly pass from the center console to the back of the sofa, except that you will have to duck a bit.
The advantage, which is impossible not to mention, is wide sliding doors: they are not only convenient in tight parking, but also significantly simplify the landing on the back row, and when using the car as a van - loading. Security measures have been thought out for children - the door pushed as far as it will go is fixed, and then it can be closed only by pulling the handle (if from the inside, then pressing the button) of the lock. As an option, you can also order an electric drive, even with a remote control - the Chrysler Voyager, by the way, is considered a pioneer in this area.
The interior with the head gives a transatlantic origin: leather upholstery of the seats is adjacent to inexpensive plastics of the finish. "National roots" affected the design of the removable seats: already looking at their massive tubular bases and solid fastener locks, you realize that the transformation of the cabin here is not a female thing. All passenger seats can be folded, but you can even pull out of the car - if you need to carry bulk loads. And here, by the way, Chrysler is proud that for the first time he applied a similar system, and even with rollers, to better “take out” the seats from the salon - Easy-Out Roller Seats.
Soft comfortable suspension "swallows" potholes and pits. The wheel of the “Traveler” is light, but at the same time not without feedback, the brakes are good. Manageability for a minivan - at a high level. Corner rolls at Voyager are minimal.
The simplest equipment includes ABS, power steering, front and side airbags, power windows.
The prototype Voyager 2008 model year undergoes a series of engineering tests. In its appearance all the main features of the Chrysler family of minivans can be traced, however, compared to the previous generation Voyager, the new one is more angular. The most significant changes will occur from the technical side - according to some sources, the Voyager of 2008 model year can be equipped with a V-shaped eight-cylinder engine. We also note that most of the components for the model will be supplied by the German concern Volkswagen, with whom Chrysler has a corresponding agreement.
The official premiere of the 2008 Voyager model year is scheduled for January 2007. The car will be presented at the International Auto Show in Detroit.