The Chrysler Voyager was the first minivan on the market in the early 1980s, and has been an iconic profile of the multi-purpose vehicle since then. If you ask someone to picture a minivan, chances are good that the vehicle that pops in their mind is the Voyager , whether they even realize it or not. Now that Chrysler recently merged with Fiat, they have introduced their long-awaited European version of the Voyager, branded as the Lancia New Voyager. Lancia is an Italian car maker with a long history of innovative luxury vehicles, and the perfect partner for Chrysler in this world-wide market.
With more than fifteen million Voyagers sold over the years worldwide in more than a hundred countries, the Voyager style is no stranger to any driver. But the Lancia New Voyager features unique options that make it a true pleasure to drive. Coupled with classic Italian luxury known the world over, the marriage of the experience of Chrysler and luxury of Lancia makes for an ideal multi-purpose vehicle in the Italian market. Lancia is known for attention to detail and an eye for design, and the Lancia version of the Voyager is no exception to this long line of impressive vehicles they have produced.
The 2012 Lancia New Voyager comes in Silver, Gold and Platinum trims, as well as two different engines. The first is a 283 horsepower 3.6 petrol engine while the other is an exciting 163 horsepower 2.8 diesel. Both are Euro 5-compliant and are paired up with a six-speed automatic transmission. The suspension offers a smooth ride for all passengers while the smaller turning circle makes it practical for inner city driving and parking. Steering is responsive for a minivan, but don't expect to feel like you are driving a luxury vehicle or a sports car; you know it is a van when you are behind the vehicle, but it is comfortable.
Something that really makes the Lancia New Voyager stand out are the abundance of front and side airbags. They are virtually everywhere. There is also an optional assisted parking option that most drivers find helpful. It is integrated with a rear backup camera; something always smart to have, especially if you are buying the minivan because you have children.
As for space, there is a spacious passenger compartment to be appreciated by all. It also features the Stow 'n Go feature, which allows you to fold and virtually hide seats to open up cargo space, without having to remove them completely. With all seats in place, the floor panel can also be used for storage.