Thursday 22 February 2018

Spacious Grand Voyager plunges e10,000 in price

The biggest people carrier on our roads, the Chrysler Grand Voyager, has taken a huge, €10,000 dip in price. Now marketed by Fiat, the newly styled and upgraded model is on offer in top trim from €49,000, compared to the €59,000 price tag when handled by the previous distributor. An entry-level version is priced at €46,000.

"We negotiated with Fiat in Europe and the Grand Voyager is now priced to sell in good numbers," says Conor Twomey, marketing communications manager with Fiat Auto Group Ireland.

The new price structure comes in for the 2012 model, which has just gone on sale with big improvements in interior quality and lots of extra equipment.

There is a revised 163 bhp, 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine with 360NM of torque on tap between 1,600 and 3,000 revs. The 16V engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission sending power to the front wheels. The combination works well, but under heavy acceleration the auto-box tends to change up and down too frequently, even on slight inclines, although it must be said that it does so seamlessly with only the extra activity on the rev counter giving the game away.

With the new pricing, the Grand Voyager will be on the shopping list for well-heeled buyers who want luxury travel with great people space for seven on board. This combines with the best boot capacity of 756 litres with all the seats in use -- jumping to a whopping 2,054-litre cargo space with four seats still upright.

This is a vehicle that will also attract limo companies in the hire and chauffeur business so Fiat also has fleet sales in mind. The huge dimensions, 5,143mm (L) and 1,954mm (W), do not make it an urban friendly vehicle but the high-mileage travellers will appreciate the great lounging space in the four captain seats, and for those people who love the great outdoors there is also capacity for an extra 68kg that can be tied up on the roof rails.

Behind the wheel, this is a leisurely cruiser which corners well if not pushed too hard.

The Grand Voyager slots into the F Band road tax bracket (€1,050) and Fiat says that a return of 8.4L/100km is possible in ideal mixed driving conditions.

The top speed is 185km/h and the 0-100km sprint takes 12.8 seconds.

The driver gets a high, electrically operated seat, a good entertainment system that includes Bluetooth, cruise control, alloy wheels and a 6.5-inch screen display with reversing camera.

Fiat will be looking to take sales from the Ford S-MAX, Renault Grand Espace and even models such as the Audi Q7 and MPVs, such as the Volkswagen Sharan.

Martin Brennan

Sunday Independent

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