Report: Dodge Journey Production Moving From Mexico to Italy
Next Model to be RWD, Giulia-Based
The Dodge brand’s recent pivot decisively in the direction of higher-performance vehicles has left it with a few outliers that don’t really fit with the new image. Namely, the Grand Caravan and the bargain-basement Journey midsize crossover. The new Chrysler Pacifica has effectively replaced the Grand Caravan, which will live out its remaining days as a fleet staple. And it appears the successor to the Dodge Journey, whatever it may be called, will be considerably more performance-oriented than the somewhat numb current model. In addition to the change in platform, Automotive News reports that production for the Dodge midsize crossover will be moving from Mexico to Italy when the new model debuts in 2018.
Being that it’s reported to be based on the Alfa Romeo Giulia chassis, that means the new model will have a longitudinal drivetrain, meaning the base model will be rear-wheel-drive, with all-wheel-drive expected as an option. Engine choices will likely include a turbocharged I-4, V-6, and a plug-in hybrid option.
The current Giulia is built at FCA’s Cassino, Italy, plant, southeast of Rome and northwest of Naples. This would not be the first time a domestic-branded FCA product was built overseas. The most recent example is the Jeep Renegade, which is built at FCA’s Melfi, Italy, plant, along with the Fiat 500X. The Renegade is sold globally and is a key part of the Jeep brand’s worldwide growth strategy.
Source: Automotive News