All-New Dodge Journey Close To Release
1st August, 2008
The all-new Dodge Journey is engineered to meet life’s changing demands by offering a unique combination of versatility and flexibility in a sporty package. It takes on the practicality of a people mover, the flexibility of an SUV and the overall efficiency of a passenger car.
“Active life styler’s expectations will be exceeded with so many user friendly amenities on the all-new Dodge Journey,” said Gerry Jenkins, Managing Director, Chrysler Australia. “This is a unique vehicle that will appeal to a crowd of consumers who want a reasonably priced, fuel efficient vehicle with seven seats today - not tomorrow.”
The powertrain choices for Dodge Journey have Australian customers in mind - a 2.7-litre V6 petrol engine matched to a six speed automatic transmission as standard across the range. Also on offer is a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine matched to a Chrysler-Getrag produced six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.
“Offering Journey to the Australian market was an easy decision - seven seats, curtain airbags, ESP, automatic transmission and Dodge good looks are all standard across the range,” said Jenkins.
Clever, flexible seating and storage combinations include standard seven-passenger seating with spacious cargo room and all the safety equipment consumers expect from Dodge. Spacious storage bins, hidden in the floor and under the front passenger seat cushion, combined with a variety of fuel-efficient powertrain options, make Dodge Journey flexible and functional. Seven-passenger seating is standard on all models.
The Dodge Journey features two engine and transmission combinations that meet the needs of the modern buyer.
Dodge Journey comes standard with a 2.7-litre V6 engine. Coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission, the engine produces 139 kW of power and 258 Nm of torque. The 2.7-litre petrol engine delivers a balanced combination of performance and fuel efficiency.
Optional is a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine which is matched to a dual clutch automatic transmission. This direct-injection turbo diesel engine uses high-pressure fuel injection, a variable geometry turbocharger and four valves per cylinder. The injectors are electronically controlled for high power and torque output with optimal fuel efficiency. The turbo diesel engine positions the Dodge Journey competitively in its class for power, torque and exceptional fuel economy. Maximum power is 103 kW and peak torque is 310 Nm.
Dual-clutch six-speed Automatic Transmission
The Dodge Journey will be available with a new Chrysler-Getrag dual-clutch transmission. This is the first application of this six-speed automatic transmission, and it will be available with the 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine. It is expected to deliver a fuel economy improvement of up to six per cent compared to a conventional automatic transmission.
The new transmission is equipped with two independent lay-shaft style gear sets with separate clutches, using manual transmission-based components. During shifts, the next gear is anticipated and pre-selected with the current gear still engaged. Then one clutch is opened while the other is closed, allowing shifting without torque interruption. The result is quick acceleration, refined shift quality and improved fuel economy compared to a conventional automatic transmission.
Safety and Security Features
Safety is at the top of mind for customers and the Dodge Journey delivers with standard multi-stage front driver and passenger air bags, front-seat-mounted side air bags, three-row side-curtain air bags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) and Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM).
A key target for the Dodge Journey design team was delivering a practical, flexible interior, with seating and innovative storage features typically only found in a people mover.
Storing things “under the front seat” takes on an entirely new meaning, thanks to the standard Flip ’N Stow in-seat storage. The front passenger seat cushion flips forward to reveal a large bin under the seat cushion. The bin is large enough to store a wallet, umbrella, planner or other valuable items with the seat down.
In the second row, the all-new Dodge Journey features theatre seating, which gives passengers in the second and third row the ability to see outside the vehicle, which is especially helpful for keeping young passengers entertained on long drives.
Located in the floor behind the front-row seats are two standard in-floor storage bins that are designed to hold beverages, food plus ice or other items conveniently out of sight. For added convenience, the bins feature latching lids and removable, washable liners, so they are easy to clean.
The third-row seat is easy to operate and get into, thanks to stadium Tilt ’N Slide second-row seats. With the push of a single lever on the side of the seat back, the seat cushions easily fold upward and the seat slides forward. The 50/50-split-folding third-row seat provides enough room for two passengers on an as needed basis. The seatback reclines six degrees to make the ride even more comfortable. A rear in-floor hidden storage bin located behind the third-row seat is standard on all models.
The Dodge Journey also features two types of seat upholstery. YES essentials stain-resistant, odour-resistant, anti-static seat fabric is standard on the SXT. Leather trim is standard on R/T models.
Dodge Journey SXT - 2.7L petrol V6 and six speed automatic
The all-new Dodge Journey (both petrol and diesel variants) will be available through Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealers from late September 2008.
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