Only one engine is offered with the Grand Voyager. The 3.8-litre petrol V6, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, only ever accounted for 10 percent of Grand Voyager sales so it has been dropped. That leaves the popular 2.8-litre CRD diesel on its own, also driving through a six-speed automatic.
The VM-Motori-sourced diesel is changed slightly from its previous incarnation. It’s six percent lighter, has a longer cambelt life and has a couple of structural changes to the sump and crankshaft. Maximum power is 161bhp, developed at 3800rpm, with a high torque figure of 265lb ft available from as low as 1600rpm.
It’s a pity, though, that the excellent Mercedes 3.0 turbodiesel engine found in other Chryslers hasn’t been used here – according to Chrysler, it won’t fit – because although the 2.8 four-pot diesel has reasonable punch, it has nothing like the same refinement for the task. At least it marries well with the new six-speed auto ’box.
The VM engine is also a common-rail unit with piezo injectors, which is usually a byword for quietness, but not here. It rattles at idle, and when you start making demands of the 2.8-litre CRD unit, it becomes even gruffer. And make demands you must if you want to make decent progress.