Voyager joins Pacifica at Chrysler and Grand Caravan at Dodge
Chrysler (FCA) announced last week that they were expanding their lineup of vehicles in the minivan segment. Though the segment is not as robust as it once was – it is still a half-million vehicle segment distributed between just five nameplates.
FCA, already owning 56 percent of the segment between their venerable Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Pacifica nameplate sees opportunity to further dominate the segment.
For 2020, Chrysler will offer three value featured and priced ‘Pacifica-like’ minivans with the Voyager nameplate. In addition, the segment’s best seller – the Dodge Grand Caravan – will continue in production for discriminating buyers seeking value features at lower prices.
2020 Chrysler Voyager
Chrysler provided a walk around opportunity during a FCA future product event at their Michigan proving ground facility. Here is what we saw and/or they shared with the media.
The 2020 Voyager lineup will consist of three models L, LX and an LXi (for fleet sales only). All have a strong resemblance to the Pacifica models they replace. Each will feature a Voyager badge on the liftgate.
L and LX models will feature seven-passenger seating and come standard with a 3.5-inch digital information display and offer the latest Uconnect 4 system.
Equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen, other elements include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and system sound through six speakers with Active Noise Cancellation.
The LX model will include Satellite Radio, second-row quad seating and in-floor storage bins.
Voyager will be powered by the Pentastar V-6 gasoline engine delivering 287 horsepower with 262 lb.-ft. of torque through their segment exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission.
Available options on the L and LX will include the SafetyTec Group that contains the ParkSense rear park assist with full stop, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection; a Cold Weather Group Package, Stow’n Place roof rack and a single overhead DVD on the Voyager LX.
There will be six exterior colors with three interiors to match to choose from.
The fleet only LXi model will offer UltraTec Leatherette seats for fleet rental customers, Stow ‘n Go second row seating, remote start, security alarm, black Stow ‘n Go roof rack, universal garage door opener, second-row retractable sunshades and auto-dim rear-view mirror. There is no third row in the LXi. The space is configured for cargo in fleet rental use.
Formal pricing info for the Voyager was not provided, however Chrysler personnel on hand said to expect a starting MSRP in the area of $28,000.
Voyager will also offer the BraunAbility rear and side-entry conversions to offer wider entryway with an enhanced ramp securement system.
BraunAbility equipped Voyagers will feature more interior space, passenger seat flexibility and optimal accommodation for the largest of wheelchairs and even scooters.
2020 Dodge Grand Caravan
As we noted, the ‘Big Dog’ in the minivan segment continues to be the Dodge Grand Caravan. It should be no surprise then that FCA tells us it will continue in the Dodge lineup for 2020. With 2019 entry MSRP of $27,040 for the entry level SE, the Grand Caravan offers a lower priced alternative in the strongest minivan lineup in the US market.
It was reported that the head of Dodge, Tom Kuniskis had remarked in response to the a question about Grand Caravan that – given its current level of demand, available plant capacity and ability to meet all regulatory requirements in its present platform – there was no plan to discontinue it.
The 2019 Grand Caravan lineup has three models SE, SE Plus (MSRP $29,805) and tops out with the SXT priced at $32,540.
When the 2020 model, feature changes and pricing are made available, inwheeltime.com will report them.
2020 Chrysler Pacifica
The Chrysler Pacifica lineup for 2020 will be just four. Discontinuing the Pacifica L and LX, the entry level Pacifica will be the Touring followed by the Touring L, Touring L Plus and Limited. Pricing for 2020 is not yet available, but for 2019, the Touring L had an MSRP of $33,495 with the line topping out at the Limited for $44,695.
The only plug-in hybrid (PHEV) in the segment – Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid – will also continue, offering three trim levels. They are: Touring, Touring L and Limited. Again, 2020 pricing is not available. For 2019 the Touring Hybrid MSRP is $42,445 and tops out with the Limited Hybrid at $45,795.
2019 Minivan Segment Snapshot
FCA dominated the minivan segment in 2018 with the Grand Caravan on top selling 151,927 units and Pacifica just behind at 118,322 units. Rolling into 2019, they continue to dominate the minivan segment with Grand Caravan sales (five months) of 59,732 and Pacifica sales of 38,490 units respectively.
The other players? The Honda Odyssey trails Pacifica slightly at 38,298 units followed by the Toyota Sienna with sales of 33,920 and Kia Sedona at 6,386.
We would ‘guess’ that Kia may choose to get out of the segment in the next year. We think Honda and Toyota will stay in – for now.
As additional information is released on the new 2020 Chrysler Voyager, we will share it with you at inwheeltime.com.
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