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Old 06-28-2019, 07:10 AM   #1
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Chrysler Revives Voyager Name For Base Pacifica Minivan

It will be Chrysler's entry-level people mover in L and LX trim.

The last time we saw a new Voyager minivan in America was 2003. Originally known as the Plymouth Voyager, the moniker transitioned to Chrysler when the Plymouth brand went away in 2001. It was an awkward move, however, since Chrysler already had the upscale Town & Country minivan in its portfolio. History lesson aside, the name is now back on duty as Chrysler’s new entry-level minivan, replacing the lower trims of the well-known Pacifica.

That doesn’t mean this is actually an all-new Chrysler offering. When we say it's taking the place of the base Pacifica L and LX trims, we mean the Voyager badge is literally replacing the Pacifica badge. The van is the same on all fronts, right down to the 287-horsepower V6 under the hood and standard seven-passenger seating. There is a third Voyager LXi model, however, that will live only as a fleet vehicle with leatherette seats and a few other snazzy items that rental customers might appreciate.

As for the Voyager you can buy at the dealership, the LX gets satellite radio and quad seats for the second row in place of the bench. Otherwise, all models come standard with a 3.5-inch digital information display in the instrument cluster, Uconnect 4 with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the basics like power windows. Optional items include the automaker’s SafetyTec Group with items like blind-spot monitoring, rear park assist, and cross-path detection. A roof rack and overhead DVD player are available on LX. If you want any more kit, stepping up to the Pacifica with either a standard or hybrid powertrain will be required.

It’s not clear exactly why FCA decided to revive the Voyager name, and queries about the decision were glossed over at today’s media event in Michigan. It does bear some significance as heralding the age of the minivan when it launched with the Dodge Caravan back in 1984, so there is a certain amount of brand recognition with the name. The Voyager’s price or on-sale date hasn’t yet been announced.

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2020 Chrysler Voyager Fact Sheet

Auburn Hills, Mich. June 27, 2019 The award-winning FCA US minivan lineup expands in 2020 with the addition of the Chrysler Voyager to offer even more value for those who seek the quintessential family vehicle. Designed with budget-friendly family and fleet customers in mind, the Voyager delivers an exceptional driving experience. Standard features and utilities include seven-passenger seating, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility. Voyager also offers mobility innovations to ensure superior maneuverability and improved ease of entry and exit for wheelchair users. Well-equipped to stand against the competition, the Voyager is a no-compromise minivan at an unbeatable value.

As the first company to introduce the minivan and through six generations of the vehicle, FCA US has innovated 115 minivan firsts. The company has sold more than 14.6 million minivans globally since 1983, twice as many as any other manufacturer over the past 35 years.

New for 2020:

Expanding the award-winning FCA US minivan lineup, the Chrysler Voyager replaces the Pacifica L and LX models to now offer three value-add models – L, LX and LXi (fleet only)

LXi (fleet only) offers new, durable, UltraTec leatherette seats for fleet rental customers, as well as second-row Stow ‘n Go, remote start, security alarm, black Stow ‘n Place roof rack, universal garage door opener, second-row retractable sunshades and auto-dim rearview mirror

BraunAbility rear- and side-entry conversions offer a wider entryway and more interior space, with an enhanced ramp securement system, passenger seat flexibility and plenty of room for even the largest power wheelchairs and scooters

Exterior modifications include a Voyager liftgate badge; interior updates on the Voyager LX include satellite radio and second-row quad seats and in-floor storage bins

Available options on the Voyager L and LX include SafetyTec Group with optional Cold Weather Group Package, Stow ‘n Place roof rack and single overhead DVD on the Voyager LX

Highlights:
Chrysler Voyager minivan features the next generation of the award-winning Pentastar V-6 gasoline engine, which delivers 287 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a segment-exclusive TorqueFlite nine-speed automatic transmission

With standard seven-passenger seating, Chrysler Voyager delivers a smooth, exceptionally quiet and comfortable ride

Voyager’s available SafetyTec Group includes ParkSense rear park assist with stop, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection

Chrysler Voyager comes standard with a 3.5-inch digital information display and offers the Uconnect 4 system with a 7-inch touchscreen, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Apple CarPlay enables iPhone users to access Apple Maps, Messages, phone and Apple Music through Siri Voice control or the Uconnect touchscreen
Android Auto enables easy and safe access to Google Voice Search, Google Maps and Google Play Music via the Uconnect touchscreen or steering wheel controls
Uconnect 4 systems include fast startup time, enhanced processing power, vivid imagery, high resolution and sharp graphics
Chrysler Voyager comes standard with six speakers and Active Noise Cancellation

Model Lineup
For 2020, the Chrysler Voyager lineup consists of three models:
L
LX
LXi (fleet only)

Available Exterior Colors:
Billet Metallic Coat
Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat
Bright White Clear Coat
Granite Crystal Metallic Coat
Jazz Blue Pearl Coat
Velvet Red Pearl Coat

Available Interior Colors:
Black (cloth, UltraTec leatherette on LXi model)
Toffee (cloth, UltraTec leatherette on LXi model)
Alloy (UltraTec leatherette on LXi model)
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Old 07-10-2019, 08:59 AM   #2
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Ugh, I used to own a Plymouth Voyager way back when. Never again.

Needed a new engine at 55K miles, a new transmission at 65K miles, and had other miscellaneous issues, like rear brake seizing up and other stuff I've forgotten.
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Old 07-10-2019, 11:35 AM   #3
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Friend of mine picked up a 1996 Plymouth Voyager for about $800 (back in 2010). We beat the hell out of that thing. It was pretty useful for hauling drunk people or car parts around, but it overheated and died about 20k miles later.
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Friend of mine picked up a 1996 Plymouth Voyager for about $800 (back in 2010). We beat the hell out of that thing. It was pretty useful for hauling drunk people or car parts around, but it overheated and died about 20k miles later.
I have a buddy that’s a painter. He buys Chrysler minivans used on the cheap and totally runs them into the ground. Rinse and repeat. Seems like the transmissions have largely been the only issue for him but he’s gets a lot of use out of them and puts no money into maintaining them.
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This is just a confusing move. It's the same vehicle with two different names for different trims but all under the same brand.

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This is just a confusing move. It's the same vehicle with two different names for different trims but all under the same brand.
Chrysler needs more vehicles in their lineup, but can't afford to add more vehicles to their lineup; ergo, make a badge.
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Old 07-10-2019, 02:21 PM   #7
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I wouldn’t know the difference.. or care
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It could have several purposes. I have a Pacifica limited, bought it used, saved a ton. My brother in law said he would never buy one because the resale value is lower due to it being used by rental companies (the Pacifica in general, not my specific vehicle). He has a more expensive Honda Odyssey with fewer features that isn't as nice all in the name of protecting resale. My wife and I expect to drive ours into the ground and hang onto it for 10-15 years. Splitting off the lower end of the segment could uphold the pacifica as a higher trim and justify higher prices, provide an entry level vehicle that, for advertising purposes, is cheaper, and differentiate the rental segment from the consumer owned segment. Consider a base model starts at $28k and a limited starts at $45. With the L and LX chopped off and made into a voyager the "base" pacifica is now a touring plus that starts at $33.5k. Much easier to sell the limited and other higher trims when the "base" model is only $12k away from the top end vs $17k away.

All in all, just a marketing move.
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RE the pacifica: apparently it's awesome for what it is. At least according to savagegeese and the dedicated following the pacifica itself has. I suppose if there's one thing chrysler should get right, it's a minivan.

Sad to see them try to switch a name and push it up market. Will be interesting to see how the market reacts. Badge engineering hasn't fared well in the past.
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RE the pacifica: apparently it's awesome for what it is. At least according to savagegeese and the dedicated following the pacifica itself has. I suppose if there's one thing chrysler should get right, it's a minivan.

Sad to see them try to switch a name and push it up market. Will be interesting to see how the market reacts. Badge engineering hasn't fared well in the past.
What'chu talkin' 'bout, Willis? It worked great for them in the '70s & '80s (before they had meaningful competition - they made their own competition)
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This is just a confusing move. It's the same vehicle with two different names for different trims but all under the same brand.
Yeah, that was the first thing that came to mind when I saw this announced. Is there precedent for this? I'm trying to think of examples but short of some limited performance models (SVT Lightning, Psyclone, SVT Cobra), I'm struggling to think of an example where a different trim level of the same identical pedestrian car was renamed. I want to say Jeep did it at some point, and there was some recent Sante Fe nonsense that I don't know if it qualifies. I'm just trying to think of another pedestrian trim.
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