The all-new Chrysler Grand Voyager, one of the world's favourite people carriers, has been unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show.
The all-new Voyager will only arrive in South Africa in 2008
The modern minivan was invented by the former Chrysler Corporation in 1983.
Since then, the Chrysler Group has sold more than 11 million minivans and invented more than 60 minivan firsts that not only have revolutionized the minivan segment, but made their way into other vehicle segments as well.
According to DaimlerChrysler there are 35 new and improved features on the 5th generation Voyager.
Three distinct seating configurations are available in North America.
They include a second-row bench seat with second-row covered storage bins and third-row fold-in-the-floor seating, a Stow 'n Go seating and storage system that offers the only second- and third-row fold-in-the-floor seats and the new Swivel 'n Go seating.
Swivel 'n Go offers second row seats that swivel 180 degrees to face the third row with a removable table that installs between the two rows, covered storage bins in the floor of the second row, third-row uncovered storage and fold-in-the-floor third-row seating.
Furthermore Swivel 'n Go also offers an available industry-first integrated child booster seat in the second-row quad chair and an available minivan-exclusive one-touch power-folding third-row 60/40 bench seat.
A premium, multi-function, front-row sliding console, dual glove boxes, second-row covered storage bins, third-row storage area and clever storage bins and pockets offer more places to store things than ever before.
Safety is a key part of any minivan recipe and the Voyager now features all-row supplemental side-curtain air bags.
There are also Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with traction control and brake assist, LATCH child seat anchor system and a energy-absorbing steering column.
Innovations like an industry-first integrated child booster seat, ParkView rear back-up camera, a rearview interior conversation mirror, integrated child safety seat and ParkSense rear back-up system also ensure peace of mind while traveling.
There are a number of luxury features available too such as a dual DVD system that plays different media at the same time, pinpoint LED lighting to read by, a table, a voice-activated navigation system with real-time traffic and power sliding doors and tailgate.
Engine choices for North America include a new 4.0-liter V6 aluminium engine mated to a new six-speed transaxle that produces 179 kW and 343 Nm of torque.
There are also a 3.8-liter V6 aluminium engine with a power output of 148 kW and 312 Nm of torque or a 3.3-liter flex-fuel-capable unit that produces 127 kW.
DaimlerChrysler South Africa spokesperson Richard Sloman told Wheels24 that the new Voyager will only arrive here "very late" in 2008.