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Chrysler has released the all new 2008 Grand Voyager in Australia with a starting price of $56,990. The 2008 model has improved significantly, with the entry price only increasing by $1,000.

The old 3.3-litre V6 engine has been replaced with a new 3.8-litre petrol V6 and, for the first time, a 2.8-litre turbo diesel is also available. Chrysler says there is more than 30 new improvements for the ‘original’ people mover. The new engines are now coupled to six-speed automatic transmissions which replace the aging four-speeds.

Other notable features include standard Reversing camera across the range, all-new Swivel ’n Go™ seating system, the availability of dual-DVD screens for second- and third-row entertainment and MyGIG™ Multimedia Infotainment System.

2008 Chrysler Grand Voyager

The most obvious change, however, is the all-new interior and exterior design which now resemble the rest of the Chrysler line-up. On first glance you might assume that the ‘all-new’ 2008 Grand Voyager is only a facelift. Not so.

2008 Chrysler Grand Voyager

The designers have managed to create better aerodynamics by using cleaner lines and a more smooth design. According to Chrysler, many of the car’s design cues, such as body-to-glass proportion, sleek pillars, chrome accents, simple wheel flares and detailed ornamentation come from the Chrysler 300C.

2008 Chrysler Grand Voyager

It has also gotten a little bigger inside, Chrysler has widened the roof by 152 millimetres, while the daylight opening drip line has been adjusted to create a body-to-glass proportion similar to the 300C.

2008 Chrysler Grand Voyager2008 Chrysler Grand Voyager

The Grand Voyager still maintains its Stow ’n Go seating system that allows fold into the floor second- and third-row seats. Essentially the Grand Voyager can go from a seven-seater people mover to a two-seater cargo van in about 30 seconds.

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

2008 Chrysler Grand Voyager

The biggest selling point for the new Grand Voyager might not be the engine or transmission, it’s more likely to be the new Swivel ’n Go™ seating system. It offers second-row seats that swivel 180 degrees to face the third row. There is also a removable table that can be installed between the two rows.

2008 Chrysler Grand Voyager

The Swivel ’n Go™ seating system makes the Grand Voyager the only people mover in Australia to offer this seating arrangement. It is available on all variants.

2008 Chrysler Grand Voyager

Coming back to the engines, the standard 3.8-litre V6 produces 142 kW (5,200 rpm) and 305 Nm of torque (4,000 rpm). Fuel economy is rated at 12.3L/100km for a combined cycle.

2008 Chrysler Grand Voyager

The optional 2.8-litre turbo diesel pumps out 120 kW (3,800 rpm) and 360 Nm of torque from a low 1800 rpm. It sips only 9.3L/100km of diesel for a combined cycle.

The reason for the diesel’s excellent low-range torque delivery is the Variable Geometry Turbocharger which spools up faster from idle, helping minimise turbo lag.

Chrysler is offering Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) across the range. The system is backed up by Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Traction Control. Other notable safety features include:

  • Driver and passenger air bag
  • Seat-mounted supplemental air bags
  • Side Air Bag Integrated Curtains (SABIC)
  • Knee blocker, driver and front passenger
  • Brake Assist
  • Brake/Park interlock
  • enhanced Accident Response System (EARS)
  • ParkSense® Rear Back-up Sensor System
  • ParkView™ Rear Back-up Camera
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Perhaps the greatest addition to the new Grand Voyager is a people mover-first dual DVD system that has the ability to broadcast three different media simultaneously. The MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System has already made it to other Chryslers, but no doubt it will see the most use in the Grand Voyager.

For example, you can have your PS3 running in the second row while others are watching a movie in the third row. A sure hit with the kids.

The system comes with five wireless, infrared headphones which allows passengers to pick between which ever media they want to tune in to. it is available with a USB port, dual A/V jacks, a 20-gigabyte hard drive that can store music files as well as video.

2008 Chrysler Grand Voyager

The entertainment system encompasses the ParkView rear backup camera and satellite navigation (optional).

Using the car’s inbuilt control system, owners can personalise their car to new levels. For example you now have the ability to determine if you want the lights to flash and horn to honk when locking and unlocking the vehicle using Remote Keyless Entry. The system also shows compass/outside temperature, average fuel economy, distance to empty, trip elapsed time and tyre-pressure.

2008 Chrysler Grand Voyager

There are too many improvements to go through, so here is a summary:

  • 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

2008 Chrysler Grand Voyager Pricing (RRP)

Grand Voyager LX

  • 3.8L V6 Petrol 6 speed automatic $56,990
  • 2.8L CRD 6 speed automatic $59,990

Grand Voyager Touring

  • 3.8L V6 Petrol 6 speed automatic $62,990
  • 2.8L CRD 6 speed automatic $65,990

Grand Voyager Limited

  • 3.8L V6 Petrol 6 speed automatic $72,990
  • 2.8L CRD 6 speed automatic $75,990