Chrysler Voyager is a classic American minivan with a hell of a big and spacious interior, comfortable soft suspension, powerful engines and, very importantly, a low price.
It is believed that the world’s first minivan was invented by Renault. However, fans of the American auto industry are very skeptical about this statement. According to them, the first car with this type of body was built by Chrysler, which showed the Voyager model in 1983, which subsequently caused huge demand. Voyager was produced both in the standard version and in the elongated version (Grand version). In addition, the Chrysler Town & Country model was sold in the US 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. Options offered a variety of. The simplest minivans did not even have electric windows and air conditioning. But usually the Chrysler Voyager had an electric package and air conditioning, and in expensive versions there is even a leather interior and a three-zone climate system.
At first, the Chrysler Voyager was equipped with a 2.2-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine with 84 hp. (since 1986 – 96 hp), as well as a 2.6 liter engine with 92 hp (since 1986 – 101 hp). However, gradually the range of power units expanded, and the first generation Voyager received engines with a volume of 2.0 liters (131 hp), 2.4 liters (147 hp), 2.5 liters (100 hp), 2.5 L turbocharged (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 modernization. The second restyling took place in 1990, and, by the way, at the same time a modification appeared with all-wheel drive based on a viscous clutch, created by the Austrian company Steyr. Having quickly mastered the American minivan market, Chrysler paved the path to Europe. And while other European manufacturers, having realized it, 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 plant in Graz (Austria).
In 1995, the second-generation Voyager was shown. This car has set new standards in the class of “single-volume vehicles.” The Chrysler Voyager II was equipped with 2.0 liter (133 hp), 2.4 liter (150 hp) gasoline engines, 3.3 liter V6 (158 hp) and 3.8 liter V6 ( 178 hp or 183 hp), as well as a 2.5-liter diesel engine manufactured by VM (116 hp). The drive is usually front-wheel drive, but with a V6 engine it could be complete.
V6 engines were aggregated only with automatic transmission, a 2-liter gasoline and turbodiesel – only with a five-speed “mechanics”. The 3.3- and 3.8-liter versions could be all-wheel drive.
In 2001, the third generation Voyager saw the light. Although, by and large, this car is just a seriously upgraded version of the second Voyager. In the role of the main engine, gasoline engines with a volume of 2.4 liters (147 hp or 152 hp), 3.3 liter V6 (174 hp or 182 hp), 3.8 liter V6 were offered (218 hp), as well as diesel engines with a volume of 2.5 liters (143 hp) and 2.8 liters (150 hp).
The purpose of the traveler car (as the name Voyager translates from English) is immediately clear: a quiet vehicle for moving a family.
Rounded streamlined shapes and well-chosen proportions do their job – visually, the Voyager is perceived more as a typical European minivan than as an “American.” But once in the cabin, you immediately understand that in fact it’s very spacious inside – just pay attention to the distance between the seats.
The luggage compartment with the rear row of seats installed is 450 liters.
Inside, everyone will be comfortable. Four seats in the minivan can be called “privileged.” The driver and three passengers have individual seats, with an armrest, which you can get rid of if you wish. The back sofa is designed for three, but if all are adults, they will not be very comfortable on a long journey. But with the children – just right.
Voyager uses the concept of a “free central axis.” In fact, even a rather big person can easily pass from the center console to the back sofa – unless you have to bend a little.
The advantage, which cannot be noted, is the wide sliding doors: they are not only convenient in tight parking lots, but also significantly simplify landing on the back row, and when using the car as a van, loading. Based on children, security measures are thought out – the door pushed as far as the stop is fixed, and then you can close it only by pulling the handle (if from the inside, then pressing the button) of the lock. As an option, you can order an electric drive, even with a remote control – Chrysler Voyager, by the way, is considered a pioneer in this area.
The interior gives you an overseas background: the leather seat upholstery is adjacent to inexpensive trim plastics. “National Roots” and affected the design of removable seats.