The Voyager is Making a Comeback Under the Chrysler Badge
The Voyager is back. At least in the name. Chrysler is restoring the vintage nameplate to be used on the lowest trim levels of its Pacifica minivan, and it’s not the first time its happened.
The Plymouth Voyager was one of Chrysler’s original minivans, which debuted in 1984 along the Dodge Caravan. When the Plymouth brand went extinct in 2001, the Voyager name was transferred to Chrysler to serve on its entry-level Town and Country minivans, but it was put away after a couple of years. Chrysler celebrates the 35th anniversary of its minivan this model year.
The throwback nameplate, which was last seen on the Plymouth minivan, will be used for the entry-level versions of the Pacifica. If customers would like their Pacifica van to stand out in the crowd, they will soon be able to purchase a styling package that adds red highlights to its body and cabin. It can be assumed that it will quickly replace the Dodge Grand Caravan.
For 2020, the Voyager nameplate will be featured on what are currently Pacifica’s L and LX trims. Pricing ‘hasn’t been announced yet. The LX brings power to the ‘driver’s seat, swaps’ captain’s chairs into the second row and adds a ceiling-mounted DVD player.
Both offer front-wheel-drive and are powered by the same 287 hp V6 as the other Pacificas available. Even if buying a minivan is not in your scope anytime soon, you may end up driving a Voyager, it will also be the name of the LXi fleet-only trim. It sports an easy-clean leatherette upholstery, and it will likely show up in some car rental lots as well.
Along with the Voyager and Pacifica, which was all new in 2017, it was also named the North American Utility of the Year Fiat Chrysler. The Dodge Grand Caravan version will continue to sell its last-generation minivan as an even more budget-friendly option. So customers have more options to choose.
There’s a bit of value tucked away in the L and LX trims. Other standard features will include seven-passenger seating, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto compatibility. As for entertainment, there is SiriusXM satellite radio which is offered on the LX trim.
They are opting for the step-up Voyage LX nets second-row captain’s chairs. Cloth seats are standard on both trims. The latter comes with UltraTec leatherette upholstery, remote start, Stow ‘n Go for the second-row seats, garage door opener, security alarm, Stow ‘n Place roof rack, retractable sunshades, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
All Voyagers will be powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that produces 287 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission does the shifting for you, marketed as TorqueFlite although ZF Friedrichshafen designed it. It’ll be based on the Chrysler Pacifica, the well-reviewed minivan that launched in 2016.
After three years of using the name Pacifica, which was borrowed from a long-departed crossover, Chrysler is bringing back the nameplate Voyager for modestly priced versions of its flagship offering. If you remember the Voyager as one of the first two minivans, that is a very different Chrysler Corporation than what it was launched in 1984. When the Plymouth brand was terminated in the early 2000s, the Voyager nameplate went to Lancia and Chrysler, but it was dropped a few years ago as the market continued its turn more towards SUVs and crossovers.
The Chrysler Voyager will be aimed towards budget-conscious buyers, permanently replacing the Pacifica L and LX trims. The 2020 Voyager will be offered in three trim levels such as the L, LX, and LXi and there is new UltraTec leatherette seats. The changes on the equipment and exterior of the Voyager are minimal, and a Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 will still power the Voyager with 287 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, which is paired with a TorqueFlite nine-speed automatic.
There is a 7-inch UConnect touchscreen infotainment system and a 3.5-inch digital display cluster which is standard, it comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and options will be the SafetyTec group which offers rear cross path detection, blind-spot monitoring and rear park assist with automatic braking. The seven-passenger seating also has Stow ‘n Go second-row standard. Buyers have the choice of six exterior colors to choose from including bright white, billet metallic, brilliant black, granite crystal metallic, jazz blue pearl and red velvet pearl, while interior upholstery colors (cloth only for non-fleet buyers) will include toffee and black.
Fleet buyers of the LXi model will also get the alloy color for the leatherette seating surfaces. The LX models, meanwhile, will offer an overhead DVD player (but not for the driver) as an option. It also comes along with a roof rack.
There is no announcement for pricing yet, but if it directly replaces the Pacifica L and LX trims, the pricing should be around $28,730. Meanwhile, the Pacifica can start approximately about $34,590 for 2019. With the Touring Plus trim, it leaves the Voyager space to carve out its niche.
The Voyager competes with the Dodge Grand Caravan. It is a much older and a very different model — as well as the bottom trim versions of the Toyota Sienna, Kia Sedona, and the Honda Odyssey. The segment is not as significant as it used to be for obvious reasons.
The changes on the outside will be pretty minimal aside from the badging. Chrysler has tweaked the look of the lower grille a bit, but you’ll still have to be pretty close to one of these to identify it as a Voyager. Semi-same look but with a resurrected name.
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