DETROIT -- Launched as a 2008 model, the Dodge Journey crossover got lost during Chrysler's struggle to survive.
Now Chrysler Group is under new management, and the Journey is getting what amounts to a relaunch for the 2011 model year. The company today released the first photos of the vehicle, which will arrive in dealerships this year -- probably December.
The Journey remains essentially unchanged on the exterior. But the interior has undergone what Chrysler calls a “major overhaul,” including the debut of a couple of new electrical systems.
Under the hood, the 2011 Journey gets a new engine -- Chrysler's 3.6-liter, 283-hp Pentastar V-6, which replaces the 3.5-liter V-6. Kathy Graham, a Chrysler spokeswoman, said the new engine will crank out 20 hp extra with no penalty in fuel economy. The Journey also rides on a redesigned, retuned suspension.
Inside, the Journey gets Chrysler's PowerNet electrical architecture, a new system that powers the vehicle's electronic communication systems. PowerNet allows Chrysler to offer new technologies as they're developed, said Graham.