The Dodge Journey hardly fits the bill as a performance crossover and dates back to humble beginnings before Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles was even established. In an effort to pull the mid-size crossover in line with Dodge’s new performance ethos, it may be in for a major overhaul.
Automotive News reports the 2019 Dodge Journey is on track to become a full-fledged performance crossover. To accomplish this, it will switch from its Dodge Avenger-based bones to Alfa Romeo’s Giorgio platform, which currently underpins the Alfa Romeo Stelvio crossover. It will house three rows of seats and production will shift from Mexico to Italy when the car is ready for production.
If an Alfa-based Dodge Journey does come to fruition, it would likely use both of the Stelvio’s engines, too. Regular Stelvios are equipped with a 280-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the Stelvio Quadrifoglio will utilize the potent Giulia Quadrifoglio’s 505-hp 2.9-liter V6. A 505-hp Dodge Journey doesn’t sound too bad, but we can’t imagine how such a vehicle would be priced.
To balance out the Dodge Journey’s shift to performance, Chrysler is tipped to introduce two new crossovers in the near future. The first will be a mid-size CUV based on the Jeep Cherokee’s platform and is expected to debut in 2019. The second will be a full-size CUV and will reportedly resurrect the Aspen name.
Meanwhile, Dodge’s staple cars, the Charger and Challenger, are now expected to adopt the Maserati Ghibli’s platform and may show face in 2021. Here’s to hoping for a true performance crossover in the 2019 Dodge Journey.