We were listening to the rumors about the replacement of the Dodge Journey. The company discontinued the SUV in 2020 and ever since there was no other model to take its slot. Well, Dodge is not quite popular lineup nowadays. However, it still delivers some unique vehicles and packages that can’t be dropped just like that. We are talking about the legendary muscle cars Charger and Challenger, as well as the Durango SUV. Plus, most Ram trucks are still called Dodge Ram. But, the 2024 Dodge Journey is not as popular as these iconic nameplates we are mentioning, so its comeback is not so certain.
Slow sales killed the Dodge Journey. The vehicle was introduced in 2009 and after a few years, the company managed to sell more than 100k units per annum. But, the numbers started to decline. With an old design and unwillingness to redesign the SUV, the only solution was to discontinue it. Other names we could find are Dodge JC in Japan or Fiat Freemont in Europe and South America. If the 2024 Dodge Journey comes back, it will be a model for the US market.
The Journey was a mid-size two-row SUV. This is not such a popular class. Buyers would rather go after more spacious and powerful three-row models or compact crossovers that bring better fuel economy. Still, there are a few vehicles still available here, such as Nissan Mirano, Honda Passport, or Ford Edge. Compared to the Durango, the Journey didn’t bring anything new and different. Only a smaller engine. It was saving fuel, but the performance was not so great.
When the sales numbers started to drop, the SUV was on the crossway. The company opted for the discontinuation since the investment in the redesign and engine improvements cost too much. Plus, all that happens during the COVID pandemic, when the entire automotive market was suffering. The situation is still not good, and buyers can feel it with the price jump for both new and used vehicles. But we must say that the industry is getting back on track. You are not waiting a year after the purchase for a vehicle to be delivered. So, that is one of the reasons why fans believe that the 2024 Dodge Journey could be back to expand the lineup.
2024 Dodge Journey Specs and Hybrid Model
The previous version of the 2024 Dodge Journey was powered by a 2.4-liter inline-four engine. For a vehicle of its size, 173 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque is just not good enough. Even the gas mileage was not spectacular with 22 mpg combined. Of course, a small drivetrain can’t haul too much. The limit for the towing capacity was only 1,000 lbs. So, it is obvious that the SUV needed huge improvements, under the hood in the first place.
One of the first units coming to our mind is a 3.6-liter Pentastar powerplant. A V6 would improve all the numbers. The power can jump by more than 100 ponies, and the towing capacity might hit 3,500 lbs. Even the fuel economy could be better than 22 mpg combined. But then, the 2024 Dodge Journey Hybrid speculations start to float. Well, the Stellantis group is not well-known in this world, but we are getting signs that a few Jeep vehicles are about to get hybrid setups. Also, some other nameplates under the same roof, including Dodge Journey. Fans will have to wait for details.
2024 Dodge Journey Redesign and Comeback
Not only the drivetrain but also the styling was outdated. Outside and inside. Well, designers are trying to keep something special for Dodge. But, SUVs need to be aesthetic nowadays and practical. Everything counts. So, the 2024 Dodge Journey will be a totally new vehicle without too many similarities with its predecessor. There are no other vehicles to compare the SUV to them. The expectations are huge, especially knowing so little about the new Journey. The company could make it smaller and position in the compact crossover class. This might be the right move, especially with the shady future of the Jeep Cherokee. If the Stellantis group discontinues this one, then the chances for another Dodge vehicle are raising.
Anyway, that won’t happen in the next few months. Fans can expect the first official news about the 2024 Dodge Journey late in 2023. Meanwhile, we will gather the info from our sources within the company. For now, they are telling us there are signals the SUV might be back, but it is too early to talk about the final product. The decision is yet to be made and the development won’t start without the green light by the bosses.