Dodge to build next Journey on Alfa platform?

Dodge to build next Journey on Alfa platform?

Dodge has significant changes in store for the Journey, a recent report finds.

The second generation Journey will ride on the same platform as the Alfa Romeo Giulia that was introduced last summer. Rear-wheel drive will come standard, and all-wheel drive will be offered at an extra cost. An eight-speed automatic transmission will help make the crossover more efficient than today’s model.

While powertrain details remain unconfirmed, it’s not too far-fetched to speculate that the Journey will be offered with the new 2.0-liter turbo four that will be inaugurated by the next-gen Wrangler. Buyers in Europe — where the Journey is sold as the Fiat Freemont — will have access to at least one turbodiesel unit.

Two years ago, Dodge announced that a new Journey would arrive before the end of 2016. The model has been delayed, however, and Automotive News now reports that production of the second-gen Journey won’t kick off until the 2019 model year. That means the current model (pictured) will stick around for at least two more model years, and it will be over a decade old when it’s finally deep-sixed.

Interestingly, Journey production is rumored to shift from Mexico to Italy. The move will help Dodge parent company FiatChrysler clear up much-needed production capacity in North America.

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