The current Dodge Journey had started to look old and rusty prompting the manufacturer to release a new and improved model dubbed “the 2016 Dodge Journey ”. The new model will be redesigned to feature a modern look and its concept is going to be based on the Compact Us wide platform. This means the next-generation of Dodge Journey will borrow much of its components from Chrysler 200.
The new crossover or compact SUV will feature a number of exterior changes. To start with, the manufacturer will offer five trim levels for this model which will be SE, SXT, SXT AWD, R/T and R/T AWD. The new body of this SUV will be sharper than the predecessor model; it will be 192.4 inches long with a width of 72.2 inches and stand 66.6 inches tall with a ground clearance of 7.4 inches. The new Dodge Journey will have 19 inches aluminium wheels. The outer look will feature square shoulders, crosshair grille with attractively embossed fenders that add a dose of athletism to its otherwise compact size. The front will also feature elongated headlights that make it look more powerful and aggressive.
Bearing in mind that this new SUV is a family car, it will feature a lot of passenger and cargo space. It will have a seating space of seven passengers. The manufacture has hooked the new machine with bucket front and rear seats that are covered in a premium quality cloth. The driver’s seat is height adjustable. There is also an option for heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. Other features include a three-zone automatic climate control system, an LCD screen, a tachometer, compass, clock and a trip computer. For convenience, it will feature audio and cruise control on the steering wheel, front and rear door pockets and cup holders and front seatback storage. For entertainment, the car comes with six speakers, USB connection, auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control. There is also interior air filtration for improved comfort.
Engine Specs and Performance
The 2016 Dodge Journey will feature different engine options for their different markets. For the U.S market the manufacturer will use a 3.6 L, V6 engine. This engine produced by Pentastar has the capacity of generating up to 283 hp with 260 lb-feet of torque. Auto experts expect the manufacturer to further improve this engine to offer more power.
The second option for international markets will be a 2.4 L DOHC 4-cylinder engine that can produce 173 hp with 166 lb-ft of torque. Both engines will feature six speed automatic transmission. In addition, the V6 engine will be offered with a four wheel drive mode and will have a fuel economy of 19 mpg for the city and 25 mpg for the highway. Redesigned Dodge Journey 2016 with a stronger engine of 3.6 liters accelerates 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds, while the weaker engine of 2.4 liters that speed achieves in 10.4 sec.
Price and Release date
Although the manufacturer is yet to release information on its expected release date or price, rumour has it that the new 2016 Dodge Journey will hit showrooms in the last quarter of 2015 or early 2016. Its price (MSRP) is expected to increase slightly from the current model’s and will fall in the range of between $ 23,830 and $35,000 depending on the trim level.
Competition for the new 2016 Dodge Journey might be: Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape or Kia Sportage.