Chrysler's redesigned 2008 Grand Voyager range will be 2.8-litre 'diesel-centric' when it launches in Europe and the UK in February 2008 though a top-line 3.8-litre petrol V6 version will also be offered.

This is the model known in North America as the Town and Country. Gone are the short wheelbase Voyager and its I4 2.4-litre petrol and 2.5-litre diesel engines - that role will soon be played by the upcoming Dodge Journey. There is now no direct equivalent of the more downmarket Dodge Caravan minivan this side of the Atlantic; the previous European range offered a short-wheelbase Caravan model, also badged a Chrysler.

Another big change: Chrysler is building the European minivans itself in the US for the first time since launch; the outgoing model and predecessors back to the early LHD-only 1990s models were built by Magna Steyr in Austria.

The European seven-seat Grand Voyager has the same exterior and interior redesign as the Town and Country plus updated engines and over 30 new features including heated first and second row seats; rear-view interior conversation mirror; a removable torch in the rear quarter panel; electric windows in the power sliding second-row doors; movable LED reading lamps and automatic three-zone climate control for all passengers.

An optional dual-DVD system with two screens is available so second-row passengers can play a game or watch a different film to those in the third row while the MyGIG infotainment system offers MP3 player compatibility, a touch screen and voice-controlled navigation system as well being able to store up to approximately 1,600 songs on an integrated 20GB hard drive.

Passenger safety is also well catered for.  Traction control and ESP, tyre-pressure monitoring, front and all-row side-curtain airbags, as well as seven full-size seats with fixings for three Isofix child seats all come as standard across the European range.

The Stow 'n Go seating and storage system is carried over so the Grand Voyager can be transformed from a seven-passenger people carrier to a two-person cargo vehicle in less than 30 seconds, with all seats stored under-floor.

Chrysler will also offer the new Swivel 'n Go seating as an option. This has second-row covered floor storage bins and second-row quad seats that swivel 180 degrees to face rearward for conversational seating. A removable table fits between the second and third rows. A one-touch power-stowing third-row seat with power recline can be adjusted into four different positions with a single push of a button.

The Grand Voyager will have six-speed automatic transmission and either a 142kw/193hp DIN 3.8-litre V6 engine that produces 305 Nm (230lb-ft) of torque at 4,000 rpm, or a 120kw/163hp 2.8-litre (VM) turbodiesel engine that produces 360 Nm (266lb-ft.) of torque at 1,800 rpm.

Three equipment levels - LX, Touring and Limited will be available and will be priced on-the-road from  £25,995 (same as the previous entry model) for the LX diesel to £32,995 for the top Limited petrol or diesel models.