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- The 2020 Chrysler Voyager (source: Chrysler)

The Chrysler Voyager is Returning for 2020

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Up until the mid-2000's, if you wanted a Chrysler Corporation minivan, you had three choices: the Chrysler Town & Country, the Chrysler- nee Plymouth- (Grand) Voyager, and the Dodge (Grand) Caravan. The (Grand) Voyager and (Grand) Caravan were offered as the "entry-level" Chrysler minivans, while the Town & Country was a more well-equipped and more luxurious model. However, in 2003, the (Grand) Voyager was discontinued from Chrysler's lineup (it was still sold in Europe as either the Chrysler or Lancia Voyager until the 2016 model year), and was absorbed into the Town & Country lineup. However, for 2020, Chrysler (or rather, FCA) will once again have three minivan offerings: the Chrysler Pacifica, the Dodge Grand Caravan, and now, once again, the Chrysler Voyager.

Ever since the Chrysler Pacifica nameplate was resurrected as a minivan for the 2017 model year, it has been one of the most popular minivans on the market. However despite this, FCA has kept the (Dodge) Grand Caravan around to appeal towards rental fleets, as well as those looking for a more affordable alternative. For 2020, Chrysler is taking the lower trim levels of its Pacifica and is resurrecting the Voyager nameplate. But while the Voyager will once again become the more affordable alternative to the more upscale Pacifica, it will not be replacing the (Dodge) Grand Caravan, as the Grand Caravan will stick around until at least the end of the 2020 model year.

The 2020 Chrysler Voyager lineup consists of three different trim levels: L, LX, and LXi (the latter LXi trim level is being resurrected, having last been used in the mid-2000s, and will only be offered to fleet buyers). All Voyagers will feature the same 287-horsepower, 3.6L Pentastar V6 gasoline engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) and Electronic Stop-Start (ESS), which will be mated to the same ZF 948TE 9-speed automatic transmission, and Front Wheel Drive (FWD). The Pacifica Hybrid, featuring the same engine, mated to a single-speed transaxle, and paired with an electric motor and plug-in gasoline/electric hybrid system will remain exclusive to the Pacifica lineup, and will not be available on the Voyager. All trim levels will feature the same trim level content as their Pacifica counterparts, although the new Voyager LXi trim (which will only be offered to fleet buyers, and will appeal towards rental fleets who currently purchase Dodge Grand Caravans), features a leatherette (vinyl)-trimmed interior, called "Ultra-Tec" (L and LX models will feature cloth upholstery). The midlevel LX (or top trim level, for consumers), also adds standard SiriusXM Satellite Radio (which was previously optional on the Pacifica LX). The only cosmetic difference that will distinguish a Voyager from a Pacifica is a Voyager emblem on the rear tailgate. BraunAbility, an accessibility conversion company who specializes in minivans (and other vehicles) equipped with wheelchair lifts, will also offer a mobility conversion of the Voyager. Value-added options for all Voyager models include the SafetyTec Group driver assistance package, the Cold Weather Group, the Stow-'n'-Place Roof Rack System, and Rear DVD Entertainment System with Single Overhead Screen. The latest U Connect 4 7.0 seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration and U Connect hands-free Bluetooth phone and audio streaming will come standard on all Voyagers, as will a six-speaker audio system with active noise cancellation. Six exterior color options (Billet Metallic Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Coat, Jazz Blue Pearl Coat, and Velvet Red Pearl Coat), and three interior color options (Black, Toffee, or Alloy, depending on exterior color selection) will be offered.

Pricing for the "new" 2020 Chrysler Voyager has not yet been announced, but the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica L starts at $27,235, while the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica LX starts at $30,045. Expect Voyager pricing to remain unchanged, or even start slightly lower than the Pacifica. Pricing for the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica is expected to increase, with the deletion of the base trim levels. All pricing excludes available options and packages, as well as any applicable destination fees. The 2020 Chrysler Voyager (as well as the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica) will go on sale this Fall (2019).

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