2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Mainstreet — 02-17-2011. 1990 Grand Caravan LE: 191. Hal Sperlich had conceived their idea for this type of vehicle during their earlier tenure at Ford Motor Company. Caravan and Voyager, known in initial marketing chrysler grand voyager manual pdf the Magic-wagons.
Europe the same year, and Chrysler began selling the Chrysler Voyager in Europe four years later. Interior trim, controls, and instrumentation were borrowed from the Chrysler K platform, and coupled with the lower floor enabled by the front-wheel-drive, the Caravan featured car-like ease of entry. There were three trim levels: base, SE, and LE. Base vans came equipped for five passengers in two rows of seating. The LE came with seven passengers standard in three rows of seating.
The base van had two bucket seats with attached armrests and open floor space between them in the front, a three-person bench seat in the second row. The seven-passenger came with two bucket seats with attached armrests and open floor space between them in the front, a two-person bench seat in the second row, and a three-person bench seat in the back row. The two bench seats in the rear were independently removable, and the large three-person bench could also be installed in the second row location via a second set of attachment points on the van’s floor, ordinarily hidden with snap-in plastic covers. This configuration allowed for conventional five person seating with a sizable cargo area in the rear. The latching mechanisms for the benches were easy to operate though removing and replacing the seats typically required two adults.
40 split bench, accommodating a third front passenger in the middle, was offered in the SE trim level in 1985 only, allowing for a maximum of eight passengers. This configuration was subsequently dropped. Base model curb weight 2,910 lbs. Safety features consisted of 3-point seat belts for the front two passengers, with simple lap belts for the rear five. Seats on base models and cloth-trimmed SEs had no headrests, which were not mandated due to the van’s “light truck” legal status.
However, the two front seats were equipped with non-adjustable headrests on the LE model and in conjunction with vinyl upholstery on the SE. Side-impact reinforcements were mandated, and were at all seating positions front and rear. Access to the rear rows of seating was by a large passenger-side sliding door enabling easy access in confined situations, e. Because only one sliding door was offered, the smaller 2nd row bench seat was shifted to the driver’s side of the van, facilitating passenger access to the 3rd row seat.