Chrysler has been credited with many innovations in the industry, and one of the most notable things it contributed to the modern motoring world was the introduction of a new class of vehicles called minivans.
Where space and luxury meets practicality and handling of a car – the minivan can be summarized so – and it was in 1983, Chrysler introduced the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager, which looked and drove much like a car but have the practicality of a scaled down full blown van. The company never looked back and soon the popularity of these models made another companies join the bandwagon.
Meet the Grand Voyager – the successor of the original minivan which started all. Be it ferrying kids to school or to games, hauling the furniture or moving the house, or doing that cross country road trip in style and comfort, the Grand Voyager can do it all and much more.
The minivan can seat seven adults in total comfort, can store the entire toy sets and Knick-knacks of the kids and still have space left for the luggage. The minivan is loaded with comfort features like leather seats, blue ray player, video game hook up, power tailgate and sliding doors etc., which make the life easy.
The Grand Voyager has a unique silhouette that makes it stand out from a crowd in an elegant fashion. It is not for nothing that the Grand Voyager is called GRAND – this is a huge minivan and makes no apologies for the fact that the size is huge. The styling is restrained but elegant and has some nifty design touches which up the exclusivity quotient of this minivan.
The front fascia is characterized by the larger than life sized grill with chrome accents and the large Chrysler wings logo, flanked by the projector head lights. The painted 17-inch wheels give the car a unique look and the large sunroof will be loved by those who like the outdoors and airy interiors. Viewed from side, the car reveals the amount of space inside and gets power folding mirrors and power sliding doors. The chrome accents and the alloys make the car looks premium.
The rear is typically Chrysler in fashion and features a character beltline and redesigned tail lights. The rear also gets an integrated rear spoiler, which adds to the character of the minivan. The powered rear liftgate adds to the comfort, and is a standard fitment on all trims.
The enormous size of the minivan translates into acres of usable space inside the minivan. The original Grand Voyager was distinguished from the other models by the way of wood grained interiors and leather seats, when introduced. Today, the story is almost same, but with modern touches. The Grand Voyager gives much more trim and equipment as standard one than many who offer such features as optional equipment.
The dashboard layout is intuitive in nature – the dials are large and easy to read and nestled between the speedometer and tachometer is the Multi Information Display, which provides the vital information about the trip and other parameters. The MID can display fuel consumption data, temperature data and distance data, among other details.
The steering gets wooden and leather wrapped according to the trims and can be adjusted for reach and rake and has the audio and telephony controls. Even the base model comes with a leather wrapped steering wheel.
The center of the dashboard houses the 6.5-inch multimedia system that comes with Chrysler's UConnect system and navigation maps. Uconnect integrates entertainment, phone, navigation, voice commands and controls and helps you keep connected while you are on the move, without distracting you from the road. The Uconnect comes bundled with a host of apps that make it easy for you to stay connected with your vehicle and get hands on host of information required while driving.
The seats are large and accommodating – the first and second row gets captain seats and can accommodate two each while the last row can seat three. The seats are wrapped in leather and come with suede inserts in higher trims and the front and second row gets heated seats for the premium models.
The seats in the second and third row also have the renowned Stow 'n Go feature, which dramatically increases the storage space. The driver seat gets memory function and adjustable pedals on the top trim, which can make finding the perfect driving position and keeping it in memory an easy task.
The Grand Voyager comes with a host of features such as power, heated and auto dimming outside rear view mirrors, triple zone climate control, conversation mirrors, power accessories, in dash DVD/Blu-Ray player with USB support, flip down entertainment screens for rear passengers, either a 6-speaker or 9-speaker premium audio system etc, depending on the trim.
The touring trim gets niceties such as automatic headlights, 8-way power adjustable driver seat etc. over the standard trim, while the next inline trim gets a performance tuned suspension, upgraded center storage console, etc. The top-of-the-line also features remote ignition, second and third row window shades, Keyless entry, engine start stop, etc.
The Grand Voyager can be kitted with more than few choices including heated steering wheel and seats, remote ignition, keyless entry and start, etc. which can be added to the base and other lower trims, if desired. The minivan can be equipped with safety package that has auto headlights, auto wiper, blind spot monitoring and much more.
Other comfort features that the owner can pick and choose are power sunroofs, heated front and second row seats and a package to prep your minivan to hitch a trailer.
The Grand Voyager comes with lot of active and passive security features like multiple airbags, seat tethers, steel safety frame, antilock disc brakes, etc. In addition to this, the Grand Voyager can be equipped with the SafetyTec package. The unique SafetyTec package consists of rear cross path detection, blind-spot monitoring, rain sensing wipers, rear park assist, tyre pressure monitoring system, etc.
The Grand Voyager has a total of 7 advanced multi-stage airbags including front airbags, side airbags, driver knee airbag and full side curtain airbags. The Grand Voyager comes with 4-star crash protection and above average brake performance.
ENGINE AND HANDLING
The Grand Voyager is powered with a 2.8L diesel mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The engine produces 163bhp of power and 265lb-ft of torque. In additional to this, the minivan also comes with a 3.8L V6 with 197bhp on tap and a range topping 36L Pentastar V6 with 283bhp of power and 280lb-ft of torque.
All these engines are mated to the 6-speed automatic transmission featuring variable line pressure technology.