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All-New Chrysler Grand Voyager Sets a New Standard

March 28th, 2008
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  • The original people mover is all-new again
  • Reversing camera – standard on all Grand Voyagers
  • Introducing the all-new Swivel ’n Go™ seating system
  • Debut of dual-DVD screens for second- and third-row entertainment

The all-new Chrysler Grand Voyager raises the bar with an all-new interior and exterior design and more than 30 new or improved features including a reversing camera as standard across the range. Debuting for the first time is the six-speed automatic transmission that is available in Australia with both the 3.8-litre V-6 petrol and the 2.8-litre turbo diesel engines for the first time.

“This is the ultimate vehicle for families and people on the go," said Gerry Jenkins, managing director, Chrysler Australia. “It offers the flexibility of seven seats and room for heaps of gear without sacrificing fuel economy. It epitomises travel in style and comfort.”

“The all-new Grand Voyager is the new standard", said Jenkins.

The newest seating system also makes its debut in the new Chrysler Grand Voyager – Swivel ’n Go™ offers second-row seats that swivel 180 degrees to face the third row and a removable table that installs between the two rows. Standard equipment in the Chrysler Grand Voyager is the Stow ’n Go seating and storage system, the only people mover seat system to offer both second- and third-row seats that fold into the floor. Swivel ’n Go seating will be available on all models. With both Swivel ’n Go and Stow ’n Go seating systems, Grand Voyager offers a people mover-first: a one-touch power folding third-row seat.

The all-new Chrysler Grand Voyager is packed with more than 30 new features including:

  • Swivel ‘n Go seating and storage system
  • Dual DVD players that can play up to three different media simultaneously
  • MyGIG™ Multimedia Infotainment System
  • DVD-based navigation system with touch screen and voice-controlled operation
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP) 7.1 surround sound, 10-speaker audio system
  • Second-row power windows
  • Ambient halo lighting
  • Standard reversing camera
  • One-touch power third row seat with power recline

Chrysler Grand Voyager will be available in LX, Touring and Limited models in Australian dealerships from April 2008.

Fresh Exterior Design
The new Chrysler Grand Voyager exterior design starts with clean, tailored lines that create better aerodynamics and a solid stance on the road. It shares many design cues with the Chrysler 300C such as a similar body-to-glass proportion, simple wheel flares, sleek pillars, chrome accents and detailed ornamentation.

Designers created a roomier feel for the all-new Chrysler Grand Voyager by widening the roof 152 millimetres, giving the beltline more rake and lowering and pulling out the sill to create a better relationship with the tyres. The daylight opening drip line was lowered to create a body-to-glass proportion similar to the Chrysler 300C. These new design elements result in a contemporary, tailored appearance for a stable, athletic stance on the road.

Chrysler brand exterior design elements include a distinctive front end with the “face of Chrysler” grille featuring the Chrysler winged badge, quad headlamps and clean, tailored lines. Chrome accents that include the belt moulding, front and rear fascia spears, roof-rack side rails, mirror cap and door handles make the new Chrysler Grand Voyager Limited a noticeable member of the Chrysler family.

The all-new Chrysler Grand Voyager will be available in nine exterior colours: Clearwater Blue, Mineral Gray, Light Sandstone, Bright Silver, Modern Blue, Inferno Red, Black and Stone White.

Functional and Modern Interior Design
Chrysler engineers developed yet another seating system for the new Chrysler Grand Voyager people mover: the Swivel ‘n Go seating and storage system. The original and still industry-exclusive Stow ‘n Go seating system continues to be offered.

The Swivel ’n Go seat system features second-row individual bucket seats that rotate 180 degrees to face rearward for conversational seating. A removable table fits between the second and third rows. Second-row covered storage bins and a third-row 60/40 bench seat that folds into the floor are included in the Swivel ‘n Go system. The swivel feature also allows easy access and exit for children who need to be buckled into child seats or adults who just want easier entry and exit from the second row of the vehicle.

The Chrysler Grand Voyager continues to offer the industry-exclusive Stow ’n Go seating and storage system that revolutionised the people mover segment when it was introduced in 2004. With the industry’s only fold into the floor second- and third-row seats, the Grand Voyager can go from seven-passenger people mover to a two-person cargo van in less than 30 seconds.

Both the Swivel ’n Go and Stow ’n Go seating and storage systems are available with a people mover-first one-touch power-folding third-row seat with power recline that can be folded into four different positions with a single push of a button.

A contemporary interior is created with a combination of satin finishes and Elm Burl or Medrona Burl wood on the instrument panel and door trim. The lower trim colour on the instrument panel and door trim is Light Shale while the upper trim colour on these components can be either Medium Slate or Dark Slate.

Seating surface choices for LX and Touring include Light Shale, Medium Slate and Dark slate, all with YES Essentials® materials as standard equipment. Unique Royale leather seating surface augmented with Preferred Suede is standard in Grand Voyager Limited in Dark Slate grey.

Trends in home lighting were incorporated into the new Chrysler Grand Voyager. An available halo lighting package emits a soft greenish-blue glow along the overhead console but doesn’t interfere with the driver’s vision. Movable pinpoint LED lights are available for all rows of passengers, while convenience lights illuminate areas such as the map pockets and door sills.

Other interior enhancements in the all-new Chrysler Grand Voyager interior include second-row power windows, second- and third-row sunshades, a removable and rechargeable flashlight in the rear cargo area and a new D-pillar-mounted power lift gate button. The power sliding doors and lift gate have been improved for faster and quieter operation.

Two Powerful and Efficient Powertrains
The new Chrysler Grand Voyager offers a choice of two engines: a standard 3.8-litre V-6 engine that produces 142 kW at 5,200 rpm and 305 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, and an optional 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine that produces 120 kW at 3,800 rpm and 360 Nm of torque at 1800 rpm.

The 2.8-litre CRD engine has a Variable Geometry Turbocharger that has an electronically controlled actuator as opposed to a pneumatic actuator on other diesel engines. This provides improved cold launch performance, and it also allows the turbocharger to spool up faster from idle, minimising turbo lag and providing good low-end and high-end torque.

The 3.8-litre petrol engine is a 60-degree V-6 featuring sequential, multi-port fuel injection, an iron block and aluminium cylinder heads. This durable engine has seen continuous improvement and refinement throughout its lifecycle.

With the introduction of the new Grand Voyager, these engines are now mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The six-speed transmission’s higher numerical First gear launches the new people mover more briskly than a four- or five-speed transmission. It also provides smaller steps between ratios, which means the engine speed changes less with each shift and makes the gear changes feel smoother and engages a more appropriate ratio for any driving situation.

Quieter Ride
Aerodynamic improvements have reduced wind noise, while high-strength and hot-stamped steel and improved structural body stiffness have reduced noise, vibration and harshness on the new Chrysler Grand Voyager. Additional acoustic treatments also have improved interior quietness. The new twist-beam rear axle with coil springs and new front-wheel-drive suspension architecture provide improved stability and ride comfort, and prevent road noise and transmission harshness from entering the passenger compartment.

A number of the features in the new Chrysler people movers were designed to minimise wind noise. For example, the all-new roof rack crossbows have a more aerodynamic shape, the all-new front doors have a rolled frame design to improve sealing and all-new wiper blades are positioned below the air stream to minimise wind noise. The new people movers also feature larger, aerodynamically shaped mirrors for better viewing and wind flow, as well as thicker side door glass to reduce wind noise.

Overall interior quietness on the people movers was improved with acoustic treatments such as additional seals and body fillers, engine box treatments including an under-hood silencer and shock tower silencers, more dash panel PCL coverage and an upgraded inner dash silencer to further reduce engine noise. Thicker carpet underlay was added to reduce road and interior noise levels, while integrated seals with sill cladding also help reduce road noise.

More Than 30 New Features
There are more than 30 new features in the all-new Chrysler Grand Voyager ranging from cutting edge multimedia systems to the exclusive Swivel ‘n Go seating system. Here is a complete list of the new or improved features:

  • 12-volt power outlet and dual A/V jacks in C-pillar
  • All-row supplemental side-curtain air bags with added rollover protection
  • Ambient halo lighting 
  • B-pillar grab handles
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP) 7.1 surround sound, 10-speaker audio system
  • Dual DVD entertainment system that can play different media at the same time
  • DVD-based navigation system with touch screen and voice-controlled operation
  • Eight-way power passenger seat 
  • Faster, quieter power sliding doors and lift gate
  • First- and second-row heated seats (cloth or leather) 
  • High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps
  • Improved front-door storage compartments 
  • Improved overhead console with integrated storage compartments 
  • Integrated mirror signal lights and puddle lamps (Limited models only)
  • Mesh storage pockets on second-row bucket and quad seats 
  • More cup or bottle holders, including new bottle holders moulded into the sliding passenger doors 
  • Movable LED pinpoint lights 
  • MyGIG Multimedia Entertainment System
  • One-touch power third-row folding seat (with four seating positions) and power recline 
  • ParkView® rear back-up camera (included with MyGIG)
  • Power lift gate switch located in rear quarter trim 
  • Rear-view interior conversation mirror with sunglass holder 
  • Removable, rechargeable LED flashlight 
  • Second- and third-row retractable sunshades 
  • Second-row power windows 
  • Six-speed transmission standard with 3.8-litre V-6 engine and 2.8-litre turbo diesel
  • Standard Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
  • Traction control and Brake Assist 
  • Supplemental seat-mounted, side air bags
  • Swivel ’n Go™ seat system 
  • Two distinct seating systems
  • Tyre pressure monitoring
  • UConnect® Hands-free communications
  • Umbrella holder
  • YES Essentials stain-resistant, odour-resistant, anti-static fabric seats 

Information and Entertainment
Entertainment options available in the Chrysler Grand Voyager are unmatched by competitors. With a people mover-first dual DVD system that can play up to three different media at the same time; MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System available with a USB port, dual A/V jacks, a 20-gigabyte hard drive that can store songs and pictures, ParkView rear backup camera and with or without navigation; there is something to keep everyone entertained while travelling.

The new dual DVD system can play different media at the same time. With dual A/V jacks and 12-volt power outlet in the C-pillar, gaming systems can plug directly into the people mover to operate. Passengers can play a game system in the second row and watch a movie in the third row. Or passengers can listen to their favourite radio program through the wireless headphones in one row and watch and listen to a movie with the other set of headphones in another row. The system comes with five wireless, infrared headphones that allow passengers to listen to the same or individual audio sources. Also included are an eight-inch LCD DVD screen in the second and third rows, a single-disc DVD player and a battery-powered infrared two-channel remote control.

The DVD-based navigation system includes maps that can be displayed in a two-dimensional or three-dimensional bird’s-eye view, hard-drive maps, hard-drive storage of Points of Interest (POI) such as petrol stations and restaurants.

The new-for-2008 premium surround sound system with a subwoofer and 506-watt amplifier is available on the new Chrysler Grand Voyager. The 506-watt amplifier offers 11 channels with 46 watts per channel. The system also includes three instrument panel speakers, two front-door-mounted speakers, two speakers in the rear quarter, two speakers in the D-pillar and an eight-inch, two-channel, dual-voice coil subwoofer. The system also offers Digital Signal Processing (DSP) 7.1 surround sound and is capable of simulating two-channel media into a multi-channel format. The premium sound system offers proper sound imaging and excellent frequency response with smooth delivery. The surround sound provides an enhanced listening and viewing experience of CDs, DVDs, games and other media sources, since the sound output is channelled through the various speakers in the people mover.

 


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