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Next Journey: Italian RWD (updated)

by David Zatz on

The next Dodge Journey will not only have rear wheel drive, but will be made in Italy, according to Automotive News’ First Shift.

Allpar has speculated that the Journey’s current form factor would shift to Chrysler, replaced by a rear wheel drive crossover at Dodge, for over a year, based largely on FCA’s apparent decision to bolster Dodge’s “muscle car” image. This also explains why there does not seem to be a replacement for the Dodge Caravan in the works; when the minivan price leader leaves in 2017 or so, it will truly leave.

The influential industry magazine wrote that the new Journey was still two years off, with the current model stretching to the 2018 model year.

The Italian build location is not surprising, given the unused capacity there and the high usage of North American assembly plants —

  • Toluca: Compass, possibly a small Chrysler and the Renegade
  • Toledo (both plants): Wrangler and derivatives
  • Belvedere: Cherokee
  • Windsor: minivans, possibly FWD cars starting in 2021
  • Brampton: LX cars (through 2020)
  • Warren: Rams, Wagoneers, Grand Wagoneers
  • Sterling Heights: keeps 200 until the end of the current generation

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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