Dodge Caravan at first appeared in 1983 and immediately gained the popularity because it meant the beginning of a whole new class of spacious family cars. To please the fans of different brands, the same car was sold under the names of Chrysler Voyager, Plymouth Voyager and Dodge Caravan. They differed with the nameplate, the front parts of the body element (grille, bumpers), and some small modernizations in the cabin.
Americans immediately liked these very roomy minivans with low operating costs and excellent handling characteristics, so these ones replaced full-size wagons like the Station Wagon.
Speaking of the driving forces, there were two engines: a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder one of 150 hp and a 3.5-liter V6 rated at 141 hp, thou the last one was the most popular and, in fact, conformed to the American standards for powertrains minivans.
In March 1990, all models were upgraded, the body and chassis were redesigned, were changed even the dimensions (4525x1830x1680 mm), the maximum luggage compartment was increased to 3250 liters.
The range of engines was enlarged with 3.3-liter gasoline V6 engine of 164-horsepower.
In 1991 appeared the 3.0-liter four-cylinder engine V6 (99 horsepower) the consumption on the highway is 17 l/100 km.
Then was released the economical 2.5-liter turbo diesel with the power capacity of 118 hp.
In 1995, the second generation of minivans was presented.
The third generation was introduced in 2001, and almost in everything copied the predecessor: the same body and the similar design.
Next modernization touched Caravan in 2004. The updated minivan debuted at NAIAS in Detroit.
The range of engines included 2.4 liter R4 16V (155 hp) - for Caravan SE; 3,3 l V6 12V (180 hp) - for Caravan SXT and Grand Caravan SE and 3.8 liter V6 12V ( 215 hp) - for the Grand Caravan SXT.
It were offered 2 basic models: Caravan with the wheel base of 2878 mm and Grand Caravan with the wheel base of 3030 mm.
The company released the last modernization in 2008.