The next-generation Journey has been anticipated for quite some time now and expected to arrive by the end of this year. However, Fiat Chrysler Group decided to postpone the redesign for at least a year. Interestingly, the Journey’s sales numbers have been growing steadily over the years and this practical SUV is now more popular than ever. Despite its popularity, the current iteration of the Journey is outdated by most standards. It has been around since 2008, with the last major freshening taking place back in 2011. Latest reports suggest that the completely redesigned model might make its public appearance by the end of 2017. Apart from receiving a new exterior styling and improved mechanics, the 2018 Dodge Journey is expected to adopt the company’s CUSW platform that already underpins the Dodge Dart, Jeep Cherokee, Chrysler 200, etc.
2018 Dodge Journey Changes and Features
As mentioned, the 2018 Dodge Journey will ride on a new modular platform that will affect its overall features significantly. The company has yet to reveal more details on its future exterior styling but we expect it to adopt a less edgy and more dynamic sheet metal. In terms of dimensions, the all-new Journey is not likely to stray far from the current model, remaining a comfortable SUV with two rows of seats available. Not unlike the new Jeep and Fiat crossovers, the upcoming Dodge variant should go for a much more contemporary design that will give it a more distinctive appearance than ever before. As for the interior, expect it to offer a largely different cabin space from the current one. There will be a slew of new materials as well as the company’s latest technological amenities, including a new infotainment system and driver assist features.
2018 Journey Engine Department
When it comes to the engine range, details are still scarce. In any case, the 2018 Dodge Journey is due to receive a number of substantial mechanical upgrades that will give it more efficient and eco-friendly powertrains. The outgoing model is currently available with two gasoline-powered units. Those include the 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 173 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque paired with a 4-speed transmission, as well as the 3.6-liter V6 generating 283 hp and 260 lb-ft mated with a 6-speed gearbox.
Rumor has it that the 2018 Dodge Journey might hit the North American dealerships in late 2017.