Although the 2017 generation Dodge Journey does seem to integrate several changes it might not just be all. This is because the makers are planning a major overhaul for 2018 Dodge Journey.
Going with the sales figure, the company sold around 105,400 units last year. So there’s every reason for Dodge to revisit this SUV. The current generation model wears a moderate cosmetic change and is definitely going to be revised for the 2018 Charger.
2018 Dodge Journey Drivetrain Configuration
The 2017 Journey SUV uses a 2.4-liter I4 DOHC engine which is capable of producing 173 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain is paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission for a smoother power transition. A maximum towing capacity of 1,000 pounds can be achieved with this engine. As far as fuel economy goes, this engine can deliver 19 mpg in city and 25 mpg on highways.
Another engine is the 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 that is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. This power mill is able to produce 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Both of these engines will be carried over in the upcoming Dodge Journey along with 2WD/4WD. As of now, there is no specific information available regarding its acceleration and top speed.
One of the most important factors that contribute to a smooth ride in Dodge Journey is the suspension. MacPherson struts are used in the suspension system that’s fully independent. The touring-tuned suspension comes as optional which is superior to the standard one. This is because the response has been enhanced.
2018 Dodge Journey Redesign Exterior and Interior
The upcoming 2018 Dodge Journey is expected to wear a significant facelift. If this is the case, then its front fascia is going to be revisited. The grille design will be retained while front bumper might get some revisions.
Other exterior parts like front fenders, wheelbase and tailgate might also be revisited. All in all, a great generational change is definitely going to happen. Interior cabin is also expected to get some revisions. The current model’s cabin, besides being utmost comfortable is also infested with modern technological features. Expect the same in 2018 Journey.
Dodge vehicles are considered to be one of the safest. The company has integrated several safety features in 2017 Journey which will also be used in the upcoming 2018 Dodge Journey as well. Some of these features are:
- Crumple Zones – Both front and a rear end of this vehicle has been designed to absorb maximum energy to bypass the passenger compartment. This will keep the interior cabin safe in case of impacts.
- 7 Advanced Airbags – The passenger compartment is surrounded by multiple airbags to deliver maximum protection. The cockpit incorporates multistage airbags.
Other features include electronic stability control, brake assist and electronic brake force distribution.
2018 Dodge Journey Price and Release Date
The current Journey comes with a starting price of $22,500 and the pricing goes higher with trim, packages, and additional accessories. Expect the same for 2018 Dodge Journey. The automakers are likely to launch this SUV during the end of 2017 or 1st quarters of 2018.