Lancia Voyager Diesel on its Way

The Euro-market Lancia Voyager minivan will soon be offered with an oil-burner engine option.

Never heard of the Lancia Voyager? You may be more familiar with one of the many other names under which it's sold: Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan, Ram C/V Tradesman and Volkswagen Routan. Consider Chrysler’s minivans, then, to be the equivalent of multiple cross-brand prostitution. Apparently such a thing does exist. Taking the name of what used to be the old Plymouth Voyager in the US, the Lancia Voyager will soon be offered with an optional turbo diesel engine.

The 2.8-liter four-cylinder unit will produce 178 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque and will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. This engine-gearbox pairing will return 29.7 mpg (on the US combined cycle) and a top speed of 120 mph with a 0-62 mph time of 11.5 seconds. Please try to remain interested. In addition to the new engine, the Voyager will also have two new exterior colors - Maximum Steel and Billet Silver - along with a new Trailer Sway Damping system that works together with the electronic stability control system to help "maintain the stability of the vehicle and trailer."

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