2016 Dodge Journey New Generation Release Date
Since the creation of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), some of the models produced by the group have become obsolete. On the other hand, the Dodge Journey SUV belongs to the group of models with a much brighter future. It is mostly due to its great popularity on the North American market. The Journey somehow manages to retain high sales figures despite the fact that North America is currently flooded with crossover SUVs. The 2016 Dodge Journey is expected to make its debut during 2015 as a completely redesigned model.
2016 Dodge Journey Changes
The current version has been around since 2009, sold as the second-generation model. The last time Journey underwent changes was back in 2011 when it received exterior and interior updates. Now, the 2016 Dodge Journey will adopt a brand new platform, among other things. Namely, it is the new CUSW platform that already underpins the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and Chrysler 200 models, as well as the new Jeep Cherokee. One of the most notable improvements brought by the new chassis is in the fact that it enables front-wheel drive as well as a wider variety of compatible engines under the Journey’s hood. Also, the next-generation Dodge Journey’s production will be moved from Mexico to the United States. It will drastically reduce production costs since the new platform is produced at the same facility. This will inevitably lead to a more competitive pricing of the upcoming models.
The 2016 Dodge Journey will primarily be aimed for the Canadian and US markets. As for the European and Australian markets, the same model is sold under the Fiat Freemont nameplate. Although the Freemont has recently gone on sale in North America, the 2016 Journey is expected to retain its dominance on this market. The aforementioned improvements are expected to boost the new Journey’s competitiveness substantially. This will prove to be a daunting task since the crossover segment now offers a large number of outstanding vehicles. Some of its greatest rivals will come in the form of the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape. The company expects the new model to surpass the current sales figures of 80,000 units yearly. However, these numbers are still low compared to some of its competitors.
The New Journey 2016 Price
As for the Journey’s power department, the current model is offered with two engines. These are the four-cylinder 2.4-liter generating 173 hp and the 3.6-liter V6 making 283 hp. The outgoing model is currently priced at $19,990. We’re still expecting official data on the 2016 Dodge Journey’s pricing numbers. Possible new engines and the upcoming redesign might result in higher prices, while the reducing of manufacturing costs could push the pricing in opposite direction. Anyway, we believe that the new model is not likely to stray too far from the outgoing version when it comes to its price range.