2012 Dodge Journey – Most Versatile and Powerful in its Class







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: February 13, 2012
Categories: Dodge, Dodge Journey

  • Dodge Journey is the only crossover to offer the choice of a powerful six-cylinder engine, and versatile seven-passenger seating
  • Journey offers best-in-class storage flexibility, including fold-flat front passenger seat, in-seat storage and second-row in-floor storage
  • Named Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for three consecutive years (USA)
  • New line-up for 2012 includes 3.6L V6 SXT with 3.6L V6 R/T models
  • Suggested Retail Price starts from R320 990 (including VAT and CO2 Tax) and offers a very high level of trim at this aggressive price point

Dodge_Journey

The versatile and value-laden Dodge Journey crossover drives into 2012 with a new model, new features and enhanced value with a suggested South African Retail Price of R320 990, which makes it one of the most affordable large size crossovers in South Africa offering the best value proposition in the segment.

“The Dodge Journey has proved its popularity amongst consumers. We have great expectations that the new engine and interiors will further consolidate Journey’s appeal, a great sporty American crossover MPV” says Trent Barcroft, CEO and Managing Director.

Totally overhauled for 2012, Journey receives a completely redesigned and retuned suspension, a new V6 engine that delivers 206 kW of power and 353 Nm of torque - a high quality new interior with premium, soft-touch materials throughout and an enhanced exterior design.

Journey also features the latest and greatest in vehicle connectivity and customisation with the Chrysler Group’s new Uconnect Touch 8.4 radio, featuring an 8.4-inch touchscreen and standard, keyless “Enter-N-Go” with push button start. Journey also offers best-in-class storage space, with fold-flat seats, second-row in-floor storage and front-passenger “Flip-N-Stow” in-seat storage.

Dodge Journey Engine

“The Dodge Journey is the ‘Swiss army knife’ of vehicles - essential, versatile, sharp and always useful,” says Guy Franken, Head: Group Marketing and Corporate Affairs. “Part-family car with a starting price of only R320 990 and part-MPV with seven-passenger seating, the Journey offers best-in-class versatility, power and value.”

POWER AND EFFICIENCY

The award-winning 3.6-litre V6 Pentastar engine is standard on all SXT and R/T models.  This engine produces 206 kW and 353 Nm of torque and is mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. The Chrysler Pentastar V6 engine has been recognised as a Ward’s “10 Best Engines” in 2011, and is also found in the Jeep range of vehicles.

A WORK IN CRAFTSMANSHIP AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Dodge Journey offers levels of refinement not typically found in the crossover market. A beautifully crafted new premium, soft-touch one-piece instrument panel sets the tone. A standard Electronic Vehicle Information Centre (EVIC) is positioned in the gauge cluster, which has a full-colour display backlit in Dodge red. The flexible centre console features premium cushioning on the armrest. Lift the lid, and there’s a larger centre storage bin with a 12-volt outlet and USB port where owners can hook up their MP3/iPod® charging connections and conceal them.

The design team also made the Journey’s interior very comfortable and extremely flexible. There’s a large front storage bin with side nets, a multi-functioning, three-spoke steering wheel with integrated controls and a wide, long, soft-touch armrest that transforms the driver’s seat into a cockpit-like experience. Comfortable seats might just make drivers want to take the long way home.

Engineers also developed many treatments to reduce noise, vibration and harshness. One example is the Journey’s dual dash silencer, which isolates the cabin, making for a very quiet ride.

The interior isn’t just a comfortable place to be, it also offers best-in-class utility. Second and  third-row seats fold flat to create close to 2 m3 of cargo space. Second-row seats recline and have class-exclusive integrated child boosters. There are also innovative storage floor bins in front of the second-row seats that can hold everything from muddy clothes to soda cans, to concealing valuables like a camera, laptop or purse. With fold-flat front passenger, second- and third-row seats, second-row in-floor storage, and front passenger in-seat storage, Dodge Journey storage beats the rest.

Dodge Journey Interior

Journey also offers some standard features not commonly found in the segment, such as power heated and fold-away mirrors, 3-zone climate control, illuminated cup holders, Keyless Enter-N-Go with push button start and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. Owners will feel like they have the world at their fingertips with the Journey’s optional touchscreen command centre, Uconnect® Touch. From navigation to voice-command music selections, the Uconnect Touch media centre makes life in the Journey comfortable and convenient for the driver and passengers. With its touchscreen display and user-friendly, touch-key categories, connecting and controlling personal devices is simple, intuitive and customisable.

SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT

Journey has been an IIHS Top Safety Pick for three consecutive years and is loaded with an abundance of over 40 safety and security features, including standard advanced multi-stage front passenger air bags, active head restraints, ESC with all-speed traction control, electronic roll mitigation and Brake Assist, driver-side knee blocker air bag, side-curtain air bags covering all three rows, front seat-mounted side air bags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, LATCH child seat anchor system and Trailer-sway Control.

CONFIDENCE IN ANY CONDITION
The 2012 Dodge Journey’s chassis architecture delivers an exhilarating driving experience coupled with precise steering for maximum control. Strong torsional stiffness in the steering column intermediate shaft isolator, in conjunction with Journey’s rear suspension geometry, delivers precise steering feel and a connected steering response.

A FAMILY MOVER WITH STYLE
On the outside, Journey maintains its sculpted, clean, aggressive lines and front fascia that sports the signature Dodge brand “split crosshair” grille. Journeys with the Pentastar 3.6-litre V6 engine get a more aggressive lower front fascia and a rear fascia with integrated, dual bright exhaust tips. The bold “ring of fire” LED tail lamps provide a dramatic styling statement.

Exterior colours for the 2012 model year include Copperhead Pearl Coat, Blue Pearl Coat, Brilliant Red Tri-Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Storm Grey Pearl Coat, White, Pearl White Tri-Coat and Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat.

The 2012 Dodge Journey models are now available in Chrysler Jeep Dodge showrooms across the country.

Line-up

  • 3.6L V6 SXT               R320 990
  • 3.6L V6 R/T                 R360 990