While details remain sketchy, the 2019 Dodge Journey may be launched sometime in this year. The Dodge Journey Crossover made its debut way back in 2008. Since then, it has not received any updates worth noting but somehow it has managed to survive the onslaught of rival models. While the longevity is admirable, there are few reasons to like it except for the strong value for money proposition.
Now, FCA is on a mission to give a sprucing up to the three-row crossover. While the details are yet to emerge, the 2019 Dodge journey is likely to get totally new platform.
2019 Dodge Journey – Design Updates
The existing version of Dodge Journey looks quite dated when you place it next to stable of the rival models from stables of Ford or Nissan for example. While there are a few accessories to spice up the dull exterior looks of the present model, a revamp is the way out. As per the industry updates, the upcoming model will sport a new architecture and have jazzed up styling. It will be modeled on FCA’s Giorgio platform on which the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio crossover are based. The production will be shifted to Italy from Mexico. It is not known whether the upcoming model will retain the existing 7 trims or trim levels will be reduced. Some new exterior paint choices may be added, for 2019.
The cabin of the upcoming Dodge Journey will also be spruced up to an extent. It is likely to be spacious and ergonomically designed. Material quality across the entire lineup will get a boost- as per updates. The cargo capacity may also receive some boosts in the car.
Specifications and Trims
The 2019 Dodge Journey may be launched in few trims eventually. The 2018 models lack in both amenities and modern safety tech and that should be rectified in the upcoming model.
The base Se trim may get 17-inch steel wheels, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, keyless ignition. A Connectivity package is offered for the existing model and it may be there for the 2019 model as well. SXT trim may get 17-inch alloy wheels and a new version of Uconnect infotainment setup the with larger display unit. The Crossroad model will come with 19-inch black- alloy wheels, leather upholstery, premium stereo system and navigation.
Top end GT trim will get maximum features including remote start, 19-inch alloy wheels, enhanced leather upholstery, Smartphone integration and heated front seats. FCA is going to revamp the infotainment to offer improved touch response and seamless integration with apps and mobile devices.
Safety wise, the Dodge Journey does require a big boost. The existing model, even with top trim lacks several modern safety features which are found in most of the rivals. So, you can expect radar and sensor-based collision avoidance system in place with plenty of airbags.
2019 Dodge Journey – Powertrain Info
The present engines used in the Dodge Journey are quite lackluster and the existing V6 is kind of saving grace. Still, it pales in comparison with the more powerful V6 engines in most of the segment rivals. The details of the powertrain to be used in the new model are not known. However, industry sources say a 2.4-liter inline 4 is likely to be under the hood.
The dated gearbox should be replaced by a new 8-speed automatic transmission unit as well. The performance version with V6 twin-turbo 3.5-liter unit is also expected to be under the hood. If this is true, this engine is expected to get stronger performance than current one model. We expect the engine to produce around 240 horsepower. Also, it will come likely with better fuel economy. The previous model comes with EPA city/highway fuel economy of 16/24 (FWD), 15/23 (AWD).
2019 Dodge Journey – Towing Capacity
With a new engine under the hood, the towing capacity of 2019 model should also go up. The model for the 2018 year with a 2.5-liter engine can pull around 1,000 lbs. While the strongest engine 3.5 liters with variable valve timing can tow maximum 2500 lbs. In comparing the models like Kia Sportage and Mazda CX-7 comes with a maximum towing capacity of 2000lbs. However, the model Subaru Forester will have a towing capacity of 2,400lbs, which made it ideal rival in this category.
2019 Dodge Journey – Cost and Release Expectation
The pricing for the 2019 Dodge Journey is yet to be declared by FCA. However, it may get an entry-level price tag of $25.000 or so. The release time could be in late 2018.
2019 Dodge Journey – Rivals and Conclusion
The newest 2019 Dodge Journey will compete with Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango, Honda Pilot and others in this segment. The Dodge Journey is outright dated and the only way for sustenance is a major revamp. That is what FCA has planned and an architectural change is on way.
The powertrain is also going to be revamped which is another much-needed change. With various changes in exterior and under the hood, the new 2019 Dodge Journey may eventually win the heart of segment buyers. However, FCA has to balance the pricing to make the model a winner.