2001 Chrysler Voyager

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Chrysler Voyager

2001 Chrysler Voyager

The Chrysler Voyager has become an icon of family motoring. Having sold some 9 million units in the seventeen years since it’s introduction, it dominates the MPV sector it created by an unassailable margin.

The outgoing model, introduced in South Africa a mere 48 months ago has become a fairly common sight on our roads, enjoying aspirational status both for it’s commanding presence on the road and it’s overtly luxurious accommodation. For the first time in South Africa, it was possible to own a crowd lugging minivan that handled more like a car than a bus, yet cosseted its occupants in a thoroughly luxurious cabin.

The vehicles versatility is astonishing. Seats that can fold, tumble or be totally removed will turn a Voyager from a 7 seven seater bus to a 5 seater luxury car (with cavernous luggage capacity) to a furniture removal van in a matter of minutes, yet in character, it always remains a family car.

But only constant innovation will sustain leadership on the automotive battleground, and DaimlerChrysler, possibly more acutely aware of this than ever before, have risen to the occasion with a new Voyager range that should preserve their dominant status for a while to come.

The new model is clearly still a Voyager but with even greater presence. Initial impressions are of a vehicle that has evolved, rather than changed for change’s sake.

Perhaps the most striking feature of its new bodywork is the fact that it appears to have lost some weight, the modernized styling de-emphasizing its otherwise high profile, yet interior space has in fact been improved.

Revised frontal treatment does away with the previous models bullet train front in favour of a more car like bonnet and grille. Re-sculpting has continued to the interior with a subtly restyled dashboard and a cabin that is even more club class Boeing than before.

Turning over the engine in the 3.3 litre model reveals a quieter, smoother but more responsive motor, thanks to an extra 12kW of power lurking under the bonnet. Once on the move, the improvements in on-road behavior become immediately apparent. Steering is more responsive with improved feedback/feel and the ride benefits from a vastly more compliant chassis/suspension setup, due in part to the strengthened body structure and safety cell.

The Voyager is available in three equipment levels: SE, LX and Limited. Standard equipment on the entry level SE includes four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, remote central locking, electrically operated front windows and rear quarter vents, power steering, dual-zone temperature control with an odour /particulate filter, powered and heated retractable door mirrors, load-leveling suspension, single disc front loading CD player with 6 speaker sound system and dual front air bags and side-impact air bags for the front seats.

The LX version adds 16-inch alloy wheels, overhead console with trip computer, leather seats, three-zone automatic temperature control with odour/particulate air filter, four-disc in-dash CD player with Infinity 10 speaker sound system, eight-way front-seat power adjustment, steering wheel audio controls and speed control.

Standard equipment on the top-of-the-range Limited version includes power sliding doors, power liftgate, powered and heated retractable door mirrors with memory feature, eight-way front-seat power adjustment and driver’s seat memory feature, headlamp washers, removable lockable centre console, auto dim rear-view mirror and heated front seats.

Not only do we now offer the best-looking minivan with the best new features, virtually every aspect of the Chrysler Voyager has also been improved to make it smoother, quieter, safer, more powerful and more comfortable, says Trent Barcroft, Divisional Manager for Chrysler and Jeep division of DaimlerChrysler South Africa. With improved ride and handling and a whole series of MPV firsts, the new Voyager reaches a whole new level of refinement in the segment, he adds, and we agree whole-heartedly.

In line with Chryslers aggressive pricing policies locally, the new Voyagers are competitively priced with the entry level 2.4 SE going head to head with the likes of the Kia Carnival and Peugeot 806.The Grand Voyager series on the other hand, based on sheer size, comfort and spec levels makes a very interesting alternative to large sedans which in some cases cost twice as much. Pricing for the range is:

Chrysler Voyager

Voyager 2.4 SE Manual R218 000

Voyager 2.4 SE Automatic R224 000

Voyager 2.5 Turbo Diesel Manual R256 100

Grand Voyager 3.3 SE Automatic R246 400

Grand Voyager 3.3 LX Automatic R286 000

Grand Voyager 3.3 Limited Automatic R311 000

All Voyagers are covered by a three year/60 000km warranty.

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