After we saw the ‘man van’ a.k.a. 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T, Chrysler also decided to introduce the 2011 Dodge Journey R/T at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. The new model is powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine delivering 283 hp and mated to a six-speed transmission. This model is available with front- or all-wheel drive and can seat five or seven passengers.
As expected, the Journey R/T comes with the standard content seen on the R/T models, which means we will see unique red and black cloth interior with six-way power driver seat with lumbar control, four-way power front passenger seat, three-zone automatic temperature control.
Moreover, we find a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob with red accent stitching, remote start, 19-inch aluminum wheels with satin carbon finish, body-colored grille, body-colored door handles, fog lamps and “R/T” badge. Moreover, the interior of the car features Uconnect Touch 8.4 CD/DVD/MP3/SIRIUS Satellite radio with six premium speakers with subwoofer and amplifier and Uconnect phone.
The 2011 Dodge Journey R/T front-wheel drive model is priced from 28,995 (including $750 destination), while the 2011 Dodge Journey R/T all-wheel drive model is priced from $30,695 (including $750 destination). The 2011 Dodge Journey R/T is available in the following colors: Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, White or Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat.
The most surprising change in the Dodge Journey would have to be related to its interior. Those who step inside the cabin will immediately be greeted with top-of-the-line comfort and first-rate craftsmanship. Everything starts with the stunningly made one-piece instrument panel.
In the middle of the new gauges lies the larger standard electronic vehicle information center. The display is in full-color and backlit in Dodge red lights which results in a soft glow that is unlike anything ever seen for this class. While the center stack bezels have been integrated, it is more sculpted and less angular.
The brand’s designers also made sure to soften the radius so as to give the driver’s knees additional room. Its cooling outlets, and even the heating ones, have been redesigned to give them a better appearance and improve the functional aspect. The center console meanwhile is able to get additional cushion on its tilt-and-slide armrest.
However when the lid is lifted, there is a large storage bin that also has a USB port and a 12-volt outlet. Owners can therefore charge their devices while keeping them out of sight. Comfort was also one of the goals that the designers had in mind when they improved the interior.
For example, the shifter and the cup holders were moved. As a result, drivers and the passengers can get their drinks without the need to actually lean over the dash or go under it. The front storage bin was made larger and has side nets. The Dodge tree-spoke steering wheel has a multi-function and has been integrated with controls.
With the soft-touch armrest being made longer and wider, the driver’s seat now offers a cockpit-like experience. Its seats are so comfortable that most drivers are likely to go the long way home just to lengthen the experience. Rounding off the redesign are the six new colors made available for the interior and the trims.
The exterior of the Dodge Journey is also something that should not be taken for granted. While it continues to have the aggressive, clean, and sculpted lines, there is a new front fascia that carries the brand’s signature "split crosshair" honeycomb grille. Even the fog lamps have been made bolder and bigger.
Though offered at a later date, Dodge Journey models that are equipped with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine will have a more aggressive yet distinct lower fascia and a honeycomb texture in the grille. Its new 19-inch wheels are less angular compared to the rear fascia but the "ring of fire" LED taillamps cover it up from front and up to back.
Improvements to the Dodge Journey are not limited to design as it also hosts a number of security and safety features. These include the airbags which specifically are the multi-stage front passenger air bags, driver-side knee blocker air bag, supplemental front-seat-mounted side air bags, and the supplemental side-curtain air bags that manage to cover all three rows.
There are also the four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, electronic stability control with its all-speed traction control, electronic roll mitigation and brake assist, active head restraints, trailer sway control, and LATCH child seat anchor system.