Mike Stevens | Mar 27, 2012

Available in Australia for a little while now, Dodge is now trumpeting the local availability of its updated Journey seven-seater.

For 2012, the Journey picks up the Chrysler Group's new Pentastar V6 petrol engine, a massively revised interior and the Dodge brand's redesigned "crosshair" grille.

On the outside, the 2012 Journey's updates are limited to the new grille, along with subtly revised bumpers, updated LED taillights and, for the R/T variant, new 19-inch aluminium wheels.

The entry-level SXT variant gets 17-inch aluminium wheels, along with heated exterior mirrors, halogen quad headlights with auto-levelling, integrated fog lights and the front and rear, and black side roof rails.

While the exterior might offer little to set it apart from its predecessor, the cabin of the updated Journey is a different story.

With new parent Fiat urging a boost in quality across the range, the Journey gets a completely redesigned dash, steering wheel and seats. Dodge also promises a significantly higher-quality feel to the 2011 model's interior materials.

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The 2012 model gets a new three-spoke steering wheel with audio and cruise controls and Chrysler's UConnect Touch media centre.

Standard features include tri-zone air conditioning, power-windows with auto up/down at the front and a power adjusted six-way driver's seat.

The R/T adds heated front seats, leather trimmed seats and, as an optional extra, a power sunroof.

Far from a mere styling and feature update however, the 2011 Journey is powered by the company's new family engine, the 3.6 litre Pentastar V6 petrol engine producing 206kW and 342Nm of torque in Journey form.

Both variants are available with a six-speed automatic transmission only.



  • SXT - $37,500 (+$500)
  • R/T - $43,500 (+$1500)

Note: all prices are Manufacturer’s List Price and do not include dealer delivery or on-road costs.

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