What is it?
Chrysler’s new large MPV replaces an old model that was a firm favourite in this class, especially amongst celebrity chauffeurs and prime ministers.
There won’t be a plain ‘Voyager’ anymore – that’s to be replaced by the forthcoming Dodge Journey, leaving the seven-seat Grand at the top of the range.
The excellent Stow ‘n Go seating arrangement is carried over, which means no carting about heavy seats in your driveway; rows two and three simply fold away into the floor.
What’s it like?
The new Grand looks imposing, almost van-like after the curvy and dated old model. It also looks a lot more solid, which will be welcome news after the poor crash tests of old.
Inside, there’s sign of improvement in Chrysler’s mainstream interiors. Although some of the plastics are still rather hard, and the wood unconvincing, it does feel more cohesive than some of the firm’s other offerings – especially at night with the new ambient lighting.
But you’ll buy this car for its practicality, and here the Grand really shines. Firstly, there’s so much room behind the front seats that, while other cars in the class might match the seven-seat capability on paper, in reality the Grand is much less claustrophobic. Even in the third row there is plenty of room for adults.