2020 Chrysler Voyager Minivan Reborn As Lower-Priced Pacifica

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, Automotive Editor - June 28, 2019

There’s no sign the Plymouth brand will follow the Voyager’s comeback.

To minivan fans, the Voyager name carries weight. Back in 1984, Chrysler invented the minivan segment to great success, forever carving out a niche. That same year, the automaker released the Plymouth Voyager, a rebadged version of the Town & Country; however, the Plymouth brand closed its doors in 2000, bringing about the end of the Voyager until now. This week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles resurrected the Voyager name as a low-cost Pacifica option.

To fit the Voyager into the Chrysler lineup, FCA is splitting the Pacific in two. The Voyager name will replace the Pacifica L and LX while offering the third trim for fleets only—LXi. The Pacifica name will still adorn high-trim models. The new Voyager uses the same 287-horsepower V6 engine that pairs with the nine-speed automatic gearbox.

The most exciting change for the 2020 Chrysler Voyager is the LXi trim. Inside, the van will feature new, durable, UltraTec leatherette seats. Fleet customers also receive second-row Stow ’n Go, remote start, auto-dim rearview mirror, second-row retractable sunshades, and a security alarm.

2020 Chrysler Voyager

FCA hopes the seven-seat Voyager appeals to budget-friendly families. There’s certainly room with the 2019 Pacifica starting at $28,730 (including the $1,495 destination charge). It’s unclear how downmarket FCA plans to take the Voyager. It’s own Dodge Caravan, the best-selling minivan in 2018, starts at a $28,535, which isn’t that much cheaper than the 2019 Pacifica, and if the Voyager is cheaper, it could cannibalize Caravan sales.

Surprisingly, it’s unclear if FCA will keep the Dodge Caravan. Building two—three—minivans on two different platforms isn’t cost effective. Introducing the Voyager name, moving it downmarket, and eliminating the Dodge Caravan makes better financial sense. However, FCA hasn’t said what if anything will happen the Caravan.

Whenever the Voyager arrives, it will have to compete with the likes of the Kia Sedona, Toyota Sienna, and Honda Odyssey, all of which will likely cost more than the Voyager.

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, Automotive Editor

Anthony Alaniz is an award-winning journalist living in southeast Michigan. His professional writing career spans nearly a decade, ranging from writing for the local newspaper to Autoweek and Motor1. When he's not writing about cars, he covers the horror film genre at Modernhorrors.com.

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