1 Mar 2012
Dodge's sole Australian offering, the Journey, was given substantial design and mechanical upgrades in 2012.
The updated model was differentiated on the outside only by a slightly more subtle ‘crosshair’ chrome grille (sans Ram’s head logo), revised bumpers, body-coloured (instead of black side sills), updated LED tail-lights and, for the top-shelf R/T variant, 19-inch alloy wheels.
The biggest mechanical change was the standard fitment of a Euro 5 emissions-compliant 206kW/342Nm 3.6-litre 24-valve petrol V6, which made the Journey – which weighs between 1942 and 1981kg - Australia’s most powerful people-mover.
Despite the power hike over the old 2.7, which reduced the Journey’s claimed 0-100km/h acceleration time to eight seconds, official combined cycle fuel consumption increased by just 0.1L/100km to 10.4L/100km.
Both 2012 Journey models also received a host of interior upgrades, including a completely redesigned dashboard, steering wheel and seats, plus significantly higher-quality materials and surfaces throughout.
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