The current model has been around for a very long time but still remains in production as an affordable family hauler. However, decent sales numbers don’t change the fact that this is a way outdated crossover, which hasn’t been changed for a full 12 years. Therefore, we can find a lot of reports about the 2021 Dodge Journey redesign, while discontinuation has been considered as well. At this point, we don’t know too many details about the future of this nameplate. The 2020 model came with some changes, and now it’s available in fewer options than before, including the powertrain lineup. That leads us to the conclusion that something is going to change in the near future, maybe already in the next year.
At this point, the next-generation is just speculation. Therefore, take the following paragraphs with a big reserve. Still, that won’t stop us from considering all the rumors that have been circulating around and making predictions based on all of them.
2021 Dodge Journey Redesign
When it comes to the 2021 Dodge Journey redesign, the first thing that comes to mind is the platform. The current model rides on the outdated JC platform, which can’t compete with younger competitors. Simply, the ride is firmer, handling is really uninspiring, while there is also questionable reliability. All these things make us believe that if the new model is about to come, it will definitely ride on something much newer. One of the first things that come to mind is the Giorgio platform.
The Italian architecture will underprint the new Grand Cherokee and if we consider that Durango is about to switch to the BoF platform, there will be plenty of space for the next-generation Journey to find its place in the company’s lineup. If this happens, the new model would be in a closer relationship with Grand Cherokee.
The benefits from this architecture would be obvious, starting from significantly improved handling and overall drive quality. Moreover, it would also provide much better fuel efficiency, which is also one of the wear points of the current model.
In terms of the exterior design, it is hard to talk about more precise details, considering that we haven’t seen anything new from this brand for years. Therefore, we have no doubt that this mode will come with something completely new. This refers to the front face, which could take some inspiration from the new Ram 1500. On the other side, the overall shape shouldn’t be much different compared to the current model. Count on a typical crossover layout, which wagon-like body. However, the new model is expected to be a little bit bigger than the current model, which measures just a little bit more than 113 inches in wheelbase. On the other side, the new Dodge Journey 2021 would probably feature between 117 and 120 inches between the axles.
A longer wheelbase would definitely bring some benefits in terms of the interior space and overall comfort. The current model already comes standard with three rows of seats, but the third row isn’t particularly comfortable. That would significantly change in the new model, which would be able to provide enough space for adults in all three rows. This enlargement would also have a positive impact on the cargo area, which is currently among the smallest in the class.
Of course, this redesign would also mean a completely new dashboard design. The current design is definitely outdated by any standards, so we count on significant improvements in terms of aesthetics, materials etc. Of course, this would include all kinds of new tech goodies as well.
2021 Dodge Journey Engines
The 2020 model came with big changes in this aspect. The V6 has been discontinued and the four-cylinder version is currently the only one in the offer. However, this engine belongs to some previous era of the automotive industry, especially if we consider the ancient 4-speed automatic gearbox.
Therefore, we count on something far more modern in the 2021 Dodge Journey. A newer version or the 3.6-liter V6 seems very likely, especially the version with 310 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Also, a 2.0-liter turbo-four would be a great choice as well. Finally, don’t be surprised with a diesel option either. Bigger V8 versions are not expected.
2021 Dodge Journey Release Date and Price
When it comes to the2021 Dodge Journey release date, the next generation could arrive already in the next year. We have no doubt that the new model would be notably more expensive compared to the current model. Most likely, base versions would go around 30.000 dollars. However, keep in mind that we are still waiting to hear something from the officials about this model, so take this article with a big reserve.