Lee Iacocca and Hal Sperlich had conceived their idea for this type of vehicle during their earlier time at Ford Motor Company; however, Henry Ford II rejected the idea and a prototype of a minivan in 1974. So Iaccoca and Sperlich joined forces and headed to Chrysler, and successfully created the T-115 minivan which was later marketed as the Caravan and Voyager, the "Magic-wagons".
In November 1983, Chrysler introduced the Dodge Caravan and the Plymouth Voyager for the 1984 model year. This was further supported by Renault Espace's launch in Europe. It was based on the Chrysler S platform, an extended version of the Chrysler K platform.
The long wheelbase (LWB) Grand Caravan was added to the mix in 1987. This provided more room to be used for cargo behind the rear seat. This model came with trim levels such as the base, SE, and LE. The base model had five passenger seating across two rows with two bucket seats with armrests in the front and a 3-person bench in the second row. What set the LE apart was its seven passenger seating with a 3-person bench in the back row and two removable bench seats in the rear, giving it a considerable space for cargo. Moreover, the SE trim level had an optional front low-back 60/40 split bench for a maximum of eight passengers.
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