Chrysler Grand Voyager 2.8 CRD Review
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Story and Photos by Mark Yeo
3 Aug 2012
 

Chrysler’s iconic people carrier gets some new tweaks and a new oil burning four pot motor. Mark Yeo drives the 2012 Grand Voyager.

Introduction, styling

The MPV ( Multi Purpose Vehicle) has become an ubiquitous feature on our roads today. Short of a mini-bus, an MPV is the most viable choice for you if people moving is high on your priority list. MPVs not only have a spacious interior though. Most of them offer a practical and flexible cabin as well. A typical MPV will allow you to fold or stow away its rear seats and convert its cabin into a spacious load lugger.

With so many practical virtues, the appeal of the MPV is obvious. Car manufacturers are responding to the ever-increasing demand for MPVs by offering countless choices for buyers. There are MPVs to suit all tastes – from five-seaters to seven-seaters, from small-sized to XXL-sized but there is only one MPV model that can lay claim as the world’s first versatile people carrier, the Chrysler Grand Voyager.

The current generation Grand Voyager is the fifth and was first introduced in 2008 with a rather large 3.8-litre V6 engine thus limiting its appeal in markets were road tax is based on engine displacement like Singapore. Four years on and Chrysler has introduced an updated Grand Voyager with a smaller and fuel economical motor in the form of a 2.8-litre CRD common-rail direct injection turbodiesel motor to boost the large people carrier’s chances here in Singapore.

Styling wise, the new model is hardly different than the car it replaces other minute revisions to the oversized chrome grille and the use of Chrysler’s latest iteration of its corporate logo on the nose and the tailgate. Being a practical people carrier with acres of space on the inside obviously means that the Grand Voyager features a generously proportioned exterior and a two-box silhouette which one might consider to be inevitably unimaginative or mundane looking. The Grand Voyager though, does offer some road presence thanks to its sheer size and that oversized chrome grille.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 2776cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 160bhp @ 3800rpm
Torque 360Nm @ 2800rpm
Power to Weight 71.4 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 12.8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 185 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 11.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type MPV
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(5218 x 1998 x 1818) mm
Wheelbase 3078 mm
Kerb Weight 2242 kg

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs