The Chrysler-Fiat merger has already spawned some nicely badge-engineered Chryslers for the U.K. market, and now comes payback. The 2012 Lancia Voyager goes on sale in Europe this month, and if it looks like a Chrysler Town & Country Limited, well, that's because it is.
Save for some rather tastefully applied badging identifying the upscale Italian brand – and the removal of the TC's chrome bodyside molding – we're hard pressed to see much difference between the U.S. and Euro versions of the people mover, at least on the surface. Underhood, however, Lancia will be offering a 2.8-liter common rail turbodiesel that's unavailable in the States.
While the diesel is only rated at a meager 163 horsepower, its 265 pound-feet of torque is more than the Pentastar V6 gasoline engine, which is also an option overseas. Fiat says the diesel Voyager is good for 30 miles per gallon in the European combined cycle; the 283-horsepower Pentastar manages just 22 mpg in this application.
This would be the place where we would normally grumble about not getting the diesel version here in the U.S., but we're not going to do that this time. After all, it's just a Chrysler minivan. See the full press release after the break.
Related Gallery2012 Lancia Voyager
New Voyager: emotions to share
Design: Italian hospitality and American functionality
Comfort and versatility: the art of travelling
Engines: power and reliability
Safety: pampered and protected
Range and services: the best for the customer
A true icon of the MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) category with 27 years on the road and more than thirteen million units sold in 120 countries around the world, today the American icon "marries" Italian style, metamorphosing into an exclusive top-range MPV in which Chrysler's journey expertise joins forces with that of Lancia in driving pleasure, the art of attention to detail and Italian design. The result is the Lancia Voyager, the best Voyager ever, which picks up where the Lancia Phedra left off to write another page in the history of this category.
Available in the Gold trim level and with two engine versions (the powerful Euro 5-compliant 283 HP 3.6 petrol engine and the lively 163 HP 2.8L diesel, also Euro 5-compliant), the Lancia Voyager unveils a brand new front end featuring the grille emblazoned with the Lancia logo, wraparound front and rear bumpers, rear light clusters with LED light technology, and large headlights with built-in fog lights in the front bumper. The longitudinal and transverse roof bars complete the look of this new model.
The benchmark in the segment of large MPVs, the Lancia Voyager is 5.21 metres long, 1.99 m wide and 1.75 m high on a wheelbase of approx. 3.1 metres. This impressive size is matched by a spacious, refined passenger compartment distinguished by quality materials and attention to detail, characteristics that have always been synonymous with Lancia, as demonstrated by the high quality seat leather, in addition to the heated steering wheel and gearbox knob, also leather-covered.
The elegant and exclusive passenger compartment is quiet and comfortable. The excellent level of quiet is achieved with painstaking design that reduces the noise and vibrations, in addition to using new acoustic panels and silencers throughout the vehicle.
In an ideal world, space is once again an element that man can mould to suit his needs through a few simple, intuitive gestures. Stow 'n Go® is the system patented by Chrysler which frees up all the space needed for passengers and their luggage, without having to remove any seats. This innovative configuration system includes seats which can be folded away into the floor panel to transform, with the utmost ease, the five comfortable seats of the second and third row into an ample load surface, suitable for all travel and work requirements. Also, if the seats are kept upright, the practical compartments in the floor panel can be used for storage.
Further peculiarities of the new Lancia model are the fully equipped Super Console that includes two 12 volt current sockets, practical cup holders and storage compartments, plus the suggestive lighting diffused by adjustable LEDs on the upper console that offer an atmosphere typical of a proper executive jet. And again with maximum versatility in mind, the new car features electrically operated sliding doors and tailgate with a safety system for the detection of the presence of obstacles during closure.
Synonymous with uncompromising choice (for the driver, but also for those who have the pleasure of being a passenger), the Lancia Voyager features the sophisticated Uconnect® multimedia entertainment system with Radio/CD/DVD/MP3/WMA, USB port, AUX input, 30GB hard-disk, touchscreen, UConnect® device with voice-controlled microphone built into the rear view mirror and Bluetooth®. Also included is the ParkViewTM system with rear camera to view obstacles during parking. UConnect® GPS is also available on request to add satellite navigation with 2D and 3D bird's eye view maps and progressive route guidance.
The experience of travelling on board the Lancia Voyager is completed by a rear entertainment system with dual LCD screen DVD player for passengers in the middle and back rows. This particular device enables reproduction of two different media at the same time – chosen from many sources (radio, hard disk, AUX input, USB port, two RGB inputs and two DVD players) – on two 9" LCD screens complete with remote control and two-channel wireless headphones. In addition, adjustable LED roof lights, inspired by aeronautical design, enable light to be directed only where required.
Design and comfort are not the only fortes of the Lancia Voyager. The Lancia MPV proposes two Euro5-compliant engines which enhance the dimension of travel, with engineering and performance coming together to deliver comfort beyond compare. The lively Diesel 2.8L with particulate filter as standard delivers 163 HP and a torque of 360 Nm, keeping fuel consumption at 7.9 l/100 km in the combined cycle while CO2 emissions are 207 g/km.
The second engine in the range is the 3604 cc petrol model with 6 cylinders configured in a 60° V, which delivers 283 HP. Thrilling performance with fuel consumption of 10.8 l/100 km in the combined cycle. Note that the 283 HP 3.6 is combined with a 6-speed automatic gearbox with torque converter: this transmission offers close spacing between the gears, limiting engine speed changes between the different transmission ratios and guaranteeing smoother engagements suited to all driving situations.
The new Lancia Voyager is also at the cutting edge when it comes to safety features, as can be seen from the next-generation front airbags (both multi-stage), side window bags on the three rows of seats and side bags for shoulder and chest in the front row. Also available is the ParkSense® assisted parking system with the option of integrating ParkView®, a camera that projects a precise view of what is behind the vehicle during reversing on the screen.
Marketed starting from the month of October across Europe, the Lancia Voyager is the right car for a dynamic target attentive to the most sophisticated technology. In Italy the range will offer at launch just one sumptuous trim level (Gold) with two engine systems (the powerful Euro 5-compliant 283 HP 3.6 petrol engine and the lively 163 HP 2.8L diesel, also Euro 5-compliant), four body colours (Brilliant Black, Carbon Grey, Silver, Stone White) and two interiors (Black/Grey and Beige). Completing the standard equipment of the new model: 17" diamond-cut alloy wheels, black roof racks, seats upholstered in high quality leather, audio controls on the steering wheel and gear lever knob, also leather-covered, ESP, 6 airbags, cruise control, fog lights, automatic headlights, active pedestrian protection, automatic three-zone climate control, 6-speaker radio with CD player, U-Connect® hands-free system with I-pod/Mp3 system, heated door mirrors, side doors and tailgate with electric control.
Lastly, FGA Capital - a finance company specialising in the automotive sector - is offering financial solutions ideal for demanding customers who are used to having only the best of driving pleasure for the commercial launch of the Lancia Voyager. For this reason the focus of the offer favours solutions not based on ownership, but on the possibility to fully experience the new "art of travelling together" stated by the new Lancia MPV.