Not so long, the Journey ended its long long production cycle and we were pretty sure that the nameplate was definitely discontinued in 2020. Soon after, the company revived the nameplate, though the new model was introduced in Mexico. The new generation doesn’t have anything in common with the discontinued predecessor. Instead, the new model is pretty much a rebadged variant of the Chinese SUV called Trumpchi GS5. The two models share pretty much everything and the Chinese design turned out to be pretty good, even though the new Journey is a compact crossover, significantly smaller than the original. With the new Hornet, it looks like Dodge has started a complete renovation of its lineup and now some sources suggest that the Journey could be revived in North America. Allegedly, that model would arrive already in the second half of this year, as the 2024 Dodge Journey. The officials are still quiet.
We don’t believe that the potential comeback would bring bigger surprises. Instead, we would see the same overall design, with minor changes only. These minor changes might refer to the trim level organization and it could potentially bring another powertrain option. Other than that, things would remain the same. Also, some sources suggest that Dodge will expand the offer of Journey to other parts of South America.
2024 Dodge Journey Design
So, if the company is really about to bring back Journey to North America, we could say we are prepared because we know what to expect. That model would bring the same overall design approach as the Mexican-market model. Compared to the previous generations, this model is notably smaller and it relies on Chinese technology. Moreover, it doesn’t share just mechanics, but the exterior design as well.
As we’ve just mentioned, the new Journey shares most of its part with Trumpchi GS5 and the same model would hit the North American market. The platform is modern and supports advanced tech and design solutions. Moreover, we also like the chassis setup, as well as the fact that rear multi-link independent suspension is part of the standard equipment. The ride quality is pretty impressive, offering a good balance between comfort and agility. In terms of styling, the only thing that separates the two models is the front fascia. The rest of the vehicle looks pretty much identical, which isn’t a bad thing at all, considering that aesthetics are modern and attractive.
On the inside, this Journey would offer notably less space than the previous one. Of course, that’s because the new model competes in the compact SUV segment and features notably smaller dimensions. Therefore, there are just two rows of seats, though both are quite spacious and accommodate adults easily. Also, we like the driving position very much.
As for the build quality, there is nothing to complain about. The materials are nice and the build quality is good, while the dashboard looks modern and attractive. All models come standard with a 7-inch infotainment screen, while the North American model could also come standard with a massive 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, which is reserved for higher trim levels in the Mexican-market model.
2024 Dodge Journey Engines
As mentioned, the North American model could come available with a bigger and more powerful engine. Still, the current unit seems capable enough for base models. We are talking about a 1.5-liter turbo-four, which puts out 169 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. That is a pretty decent amount of power, especially if we consider Journey’s proportions. The engine is also smooth and feels pretty refined.
The transmission is well-known and proven, a six-speed automatic from Aisin, which shifts quickly and feels refined. Also, you may count on selectable drive modes and a start-stop system.
2024 Dodge Journey Release Date
the 2024 Dodge Journey’s arrival to the U.S. market is still a rumor, some sources suggest it could arrive already in the second half of this year. On the other hand, the Mexican-market versions will carry on in the same way, without bigger changes.