Is Dodge Extending the JC Platform's Incredible Journey?
The Dodge Journey often finds itself the butt of jokes and scornful taunts, like here, or here, but all laughs fade away eventually, and besides, Fiat-Chrysler’s archaic crossover is due for a platform swap this fall.
Not so fast.
An anonymous FCA source just told Automotive News that the Journey won’t shed its dated platform as planned, and might soldier on with its old bones for another two years — at least.
The Journey rides atop the FC platform, a relic of the DaimlerChrysler days that once underpinned the forgettable Dodge Caliber. Even then, it was just an updated version of an older platform jointly created by DaimlerChrysler and Mitsubishi Motors.
After living the FC lifestyle since its début in 2009, the Journey planned to adopt the CUSW platform found underneath the Jeep Cherokee. The FCA source claims that 2017 and 2018 Journeys now have a body code that indicates the presence of the JC platform.
If true, it’s likely the result of FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne’s vague plans to build the next generation of the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 on the cheap in Mexico, via a partnership with another automaker. The next-generation Journey had Mexico in mind for an assembly location.
Journey sales hit a record high last year, so Marchionne probably feels he won’t lose much if he delays the platform swap in order to deal with his company’s small car money drain problem.
There are many ways the Journey could be refreshed without a new platform — many, many ways, some might say. The base Journey’s paleolithic four-speed automatic is an obvious candidate for the dustbin, while the model’s current styling may as well be a blank canvass for a design that actually stirs human emotion.
[Image: FCA US LLC]
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