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Identified internally as the JC49, the Journey shares a modified platform with the Dodge Avenger and an identical wheelbase to the outgoing short wheel base (SWB) Chrysler minivan, a slightly shorter wheelbase 113.8 in (2,891 mm) than the outgoing Chrysler Pacifica.
Featuring 5- or 7-passenger seating with four forward-hinged doors, the Journey is available with a four-cylinder engine, as with past models of the Chrysler SWB minivans.
Production versions of 2009 model year vehicles went on sale in 2008 for the 2009 model-year in North America, and mid-2008 elsewhere. A version for the Chinese market was unveiled at Auto China in 2008, marketed as the JCUV. Initial model production began in 2009. Freemont went on sale in Russia in 2013.
Halfway through the 2009 model year, the model name emblem moved to the right-end of the trunk lid, replaced by the brand emblem.
Revisions for the 2011 model-year include modifications to the grille, lower front fascia, redesigned interior, suspension, steering, powertrain, and use of Dodge's new logo, launched in 2011, as well as LED Taillights as standard on SE and above trim levels.
For the 2012 model year, the Journey becomes Dodge's smallest SUV after FCA stopped manufacturing smaller but more expensive counterpart, the Nitro. For the 2013 model year, Dodge released the Journey Blacktop. Exterior enhancements include 19-inch gloss black aluminum wheels and center caps, a gloss black grille, gloss black bezel headlamps, gloss black lower front fascia accent and gloss black exterior mirrors. In 2014, the Journey Crossroad was introduced. The Crossroad has chrome accents along the lower part of the body and in the interior, a large bumper, smoked head- and taillights, a black grille, rocker panels, rails for a roof rack, and a skid plate simile at the rear. Chrysler added the revised Dodge logo with two slanted rectangles for the 2013 Model Year. For the 2016 model-year, the Journey's AVP and Limited trims are discontinued and the Crossroad Plus trim is added and also for the 2017 model-year, the R/T trim is replaced by the GT trim.
North American trim levels
The following trims were available in North America from 2009 to 2010:
Standard (US & Canada) multi-stage front driver and passenger air bags, front-seat-mounted side air bags, three-row side-curtain air bags, standard four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic stability program (ESP), and electronic roll mitigation, brake assist.
Traction control, rollover sensing, optional trailer sway control, tire pressure monitors, and an optional rear backup camera.
The Freemont had its Italian launch in the end of May 2011. It has two front-wheel-drive turbodiesel variants the 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) and the 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) version of Fiat's 2.0 L Multijet turbodiesel. Later will be introduced all-wheel-drive version of 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) diesel and the Pentastar V6.
In Australia,Brazil and China,both the Freemont and the Journey are available for sale. However, to create a distinct market for the two vehicles, the Freemont is only available with the 2.0 and 2.4L 4-cylinder engines in the market other than China, while the Journey is now only sold with the Pentastar V6 engine (both engines were available before the launch of the Freemont).
The Freemont was originally available in LHD markets only, except the Netherlands. Fiat Group Automobiles Netherlands did not offer the Fiat Freemont on the Dutch market, owing to the Dutch tax climate, that would make the car too expensive to become a sales success. However, a RHD model was introduced to Australia, but not in the United Kingdom. In January 2011, What Car? expressed doubts for the model to reach the United Kingdom.
2020 Model Year Changes
For the 2020 model year, the Dodge Journey will be offered in two trim levels: SE Value and Crossroad. All other trim levels (SE and GT) have been discontinued. All 2020 Journey models will be powered by the same 173-horsepower, 2.4L Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) engine, mated to the 4-Speed Ultradrive 41TE automatic transmission, and Front Wheel Drive (FWD). The 283-horsepower, 3.6L Pentastar VVT FlexFuel-capable V6 engine, 6-speed Ultradrive 62TE automatic transmission, and All Wheel Drive (AWD) have all been discontinued for 2020. A Blacktop Package becomes available on the SE Plus trim that adds seventeen-inch gloss black-finished aluminum alloy wheels and black-painted exterior accents. SE Value trim also gains standard seven-passenger seating with a third-row split-folding bench seat. The Crossroad also gains additional standard equipment, such as a power sunroof. All trims receive standard rear park assist and rearview backup camera, and a Popular Equipment Group is now available on both trims for 2020. https://media.fcanorthamerica.com/newsrelease.do?id=20872&mid=183
The available four-cylinder is a 2.4 L (146 cu in), with 173 hp (129 kW) and 166 lb?ft (225 N?m) of torque; a version of Chrysler's GEMA built, World Engine class of four-cylinder engines shared with Hyundai and Mitsubishi.
Dodge Journey interior (2009-2010)
Fiat Freemont interior
Through 2010, the V6 offered in North America was a 3.5 L (214 cu in) with a six-speed automatic transmission, producing 235 hp (175 kW) and 232 lb?ft (315 N?m) of torque. For 2011, it was changed to the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, producing 283 hp (211 kW) and 260 lb?ft (350 N?m) torque. Other markets offer the six-speed automatic transmission with the flex-fuel (E85 compatible) 2.7-liter V6. All-wheel drive is only available with a V6.
Also through 2010 a Volkswagen-sourced diesel engine was available outside of North America with an automatically shifted dual clutch transmission. Chrysler performed primary engineering for the dual-clutch transmission with support from long-time partner Getrag, which was to build the transmission in the United States. Due to funding issues, this did not happen, and the factory, nearly finished, was sold and used for other purposes.
For the second generation in 2011 it was replaced by the Fiat 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine with 140 hp (100 kW) or 170 hp (130 kW) and 258 lb?ft (350 N?m) of torque and a manual or optional automatic six-speed transmission.
Dodge Journeys marketed in Japan are known as Dodge JC because "Journey" has been used by Isuzu Motors. JCs were qualified by the Japanese government to be included in Subsidy Scheme for Environmentally Friendly Vehicles. Operating expenses in Japan incur additional costs due to exceeding Japanese Government dimension regulations and the engine displacement incurring higher road tax obligations.