2019 Dodge Journey Redesign: New Platform and Engines
The 2019 Dodge Journey is a modern high-end mid-size crossover SUV from the Fiat Chrysler Company. The first model is presented in 2007 at Frankfurt Motor Show. Later in 2009, it has got a mild facelift.
We must mention that this model shares a modified platform with the popular Dodge Avenger sedan. For the 2019 year, it will be redesigned and upgraded in all sectors.
2019 Dodge Journey – Comfortable Seven-Seater SUV
The upcoming 2019 Dodge Journey is the new standard third-row seat comfortable seven-seater SUV that offers lots of tech and space. However, the five-seat version has been discharged in this year model. It now offers a lot of standard features and is made with ideal size for many. It is not too big or too small.
If we compare this model with the Dodge Durango the Journey is, however, eight inches shorter and also 1000 pounds lighter. The front fascia of the model is now redesigned with a new pair of LED headlights. It will come with five trims. However, the top-line GT model in this line trims is now replaced with R/T and will offer much more than GT. It comes with new stiffer suspension, beautiful red-stitched leather seats, premium sound system and 19-inch aluminum wheels.
In the standard or base trim will be offered Blacktop appearance package. This package includes a black grille, black front-fascia trim, black-painted aluminum wheels, black roof rails, and black mirrors. However, the base trim will also offer updated dual-zone climate control, a big 4.3-inch touch-screen, keyless system, push-button start and more. For the entertainment, it will be indebted 6-speaker AM/FM/CD system with auxiliary and USB inputs, but Bluetooth is optional.
In the safety section, the new 2019 Dodge Journey will provide electronic traction and stability control, protective frame, active front seat head restraints, anti-lock brakes, front-seat side airbags and also a side-curtain airbag for all rows.
What Can We Expect From The Journey Redesign?
It is confirmed that second generation of Dodge Journey will be built on the rear-drive Giorgio platform. This is the same platform on which supports Alfa Romeo Stelvio crossover and Giulia sedan. This means that Journey is now designed to be a two-row crossover. Production of the redesigned Dodge Journey 2019 will be in Italy.
2019 Dodge Journey – Two Engine Variants Or Maybe More?
The engine options are still the mystery for the redesigned 2019 Dodge Journey crossover. The standard or base powertrain will probably be a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that makes a 173 horsepower. We don’t have official statements of the fuel economy in this year model, but we expect better numbers. The last year model had an EPA city/highway fuel economy of 19/25 mpg.
The engine that fans, buyers, and others want to see in the new Journey is the mighty 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. This engine comes with the 283 horsepower at 6,350 rpm and 260 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. However, it comes with the standard front-wheel drive, or if you need a better system for bad weather and slippery roads you can choose the optional all-wheel drive. We expect same fuel economy numbers like predecessor 17/25 mpg for the FWD and 16/24 mpg for the AWD.
Both engines in the list above will run on regular unleaded gasoline and paired with 6-speed automatic transmissions.
There is a slim possibility that it comes with the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 280 hp. This engine is currently offered in new Alfa Romeo Stelvio. However, we would definitely love to see new Journey Crossroad AWD with powerful 2.9-liter the 6 with 505 hp engine which gives the power to Stelvio Quadrifoglio version.
2019 Dodge Journey – Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price and Release Date
If 2019 Dodge Journey continues to have the price just under $23,000, we responsibly claim that this will be the best selling crossover in the world. Currently this is is one of the lowest-priced midsize SUVs on the market. Of course, it is hard to believe that Dodge will keep this prices after such a huge redesign. The price for Stelvio starts just under $43,000, however, we believe that price for the new Dodge crossover will not be such high.
The main rivals in this segment will be Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, Mazda CX-9 and Kia Sorento.