Chysler prepares many novelties for next years and one of them will certanly be in the Dodge division. The Journey wasn’t always considered a good car, but fortunately, after Fiat bought a big share of Chrysler, this car was redesigned into what it is today. Now, this model is a fair priced crossover SUV with the capacity of seven passengers, along with their luggage over almost any kind of terrain.
The original model was launched in 2008 and it was updated in 2011, but now it is time for the second-generation model. It was obvious that the car was starting to get old and that it is time for some changes, so the company decided to release the 2016 Dodge Journey mid-size SUV, probably in the early 2016. The new model will come with many changes, it will get a new look, some technical improvements and some modifications under its hood. Unlike its predecessor, this new generation of the crossover SUV will be based on the Compact US wide platform, sharing a lot of its components with the 200.
2016 Dodge Journey changes
2016 Dodge Journey Redesign and Interior design
Exterior wise, the picture of the new 2016 Journey is still cloudy, so we can’t tell for sure how will this car look. However, since this car is designed primary for the European market, it will surely be made to fulfill the needs of the drivers from that part of the world. It also can be assumed that the exterior design will be a mix of the 300 and the 200.
Since this car will be based on the new platform, the 2016 Dodge Journey interior will shrink, but there will still be enough space for seven passengers and their luggage. This is manageable thanks to a lot of upgrades made to the layout of the interior, so the space is going to be used more economically. The important difference between the previous generation and this model is in the design, because the 2016 car is inspired by the Chrysler 200. The cabin will be revisited, and now it will have a more sophisticated look and better-quality materials.
New Dodge Journey 2016 interior
The current generation of the Journey is powered with two different engines, unfortunately none of them is really fuel efficient. The new Dodge Journey will probably be offered with two engines. The base model will be powered with a 2.4-liter inline 4 engine with the capacity to produce 173 ponies and it has average fuel consumption around 19/26 mpg. The more powerful one will be a 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar engine with 283 hp and 260 pound-feet of torque, while the average fuel consumption for this one is 17/25 mpg.
However, these 2016 Dodge engines will probably mate with a current four-speed transmission and the model will come with a front-wheel-drive system as standard, but there are small chances that this model will come with AWD as an option. It is also posibble that the new gearbox comes in the next few years, so the second-generation model will probably come available with manual transmission too.
Price and release date
It is not sure, but the base price of the new Dodge Journey 2016 should be somewhere around $20.000 and it could go up to $31.000. The release date should be at the beginning of the 2016.