This time it's clearly obvious what's missing.
The reborn Chrysler Voyager (remember, Plymouth is long gone) is now in showrooms and the 2021 model will arrive later this year. Based on the popular Chrysler Pacifica, this minivan is a trimmed-down version aimed at more budget-conscious buyers. Not everyone needs or wants a luxury minivan like the Pacifica, but they do want a more modern vehicle than the nearly ancient Dodge Grand Caravan. Diluting the Pacifica nameplate (not to mention residual values) with a less expensive and renamed variant was the answer. And it turns out the new Voyager won't be getting something else from the Pacifica: the newly facelifted styling.
Motor Trend has confirmed from Matt Davis, director of the Chrysler brand, that "the Voyager will keep the current-generation [minivan's] look."
Last week, the refreshed 2021 Chrysler Pacifica debuted with new front-end styling and a newly available all-wheel-drive system, among other things. The decision to retain the old Pacifica's looks for the Voyager does make a great deal of sense. For starters, there's now a clear-cut physical difference. The fact that they look identical from the outside, save for the badges and a few other minor bits, might not sit well with Pacifica buyers who shelled out thousands more for exclusivity.
That said, the Voyager is not offered, and nor will it be for 2021, with the Pacifica's plug-in hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain.
However, it does come standard with a number of attractive features, specifically a 3.6-liter V6 good for 287 horsepower, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, power first- and second-row windows, and a touchscreen infotainment system. For 2020, the automaker's Stow 'N Go second-row seats are only available on the fleet-only Voyager LXi. We still don't know whether this will change for 2021 for the L and LX models.
Above all, the 2021 Voyager will more than likely remain its attractive starting price of below $30,000.