The premium ‘Giorgio’ platform developed by Fiat Chrysler for Alfa Romeo is destined to be employed elsewhere within the automaker’s product portfolio. The Dodge Journey is among those models that is rumored to switch from an aging architecture to the more modern Giorgio platform, but that’s not the only thing the Journey may share with Alfa Romeo.
Because the next-generation Journey will be based on an Alfa platform, it’s also reasonable to assume it will share a powertrain with the Stelvio crossover. The only available powertrain in that car (apart from the performance Quadrifoglio’s 500 plus horsepower 2.9-liter V6) is a 280 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo. The Stelvio is also sold in Europe with a downrated, 200 horsepower version of the 2.0-liter engine, which seems like a better fit for the more budget-friendly Journey. The vehicle is also offered with a 2.4-liter diesel in Europe, but we doubt Dodge would sell a diesel crossover. FCA’s eight-speed automatic transmission seems like shoe-in for the next Journey no matter the engine.
You can expect more up-to-date styling for the next Journey as well. NewAllpar renderings lay typical Dodge styling cues overtop of the Stelvio’s body to mimic the dimensions of the upcoming crossover and also include modern cues such as LED foglamp and sleek, narrow headlights and taillights. We doubt a new Journey will look anything like the renderings, but it gives you an idea of what a crosshair grille might look like on a vehicle the size of the Stelvio.
The next-generation Dodge Journey is due for the 2019 model year, so you can expect it to make a debut sometime late next year.