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by Tim Beissmann

Fiat Chrysler Australia has introduced the Dodge Journey Blacktop Edition to local showrooms, giving the American MPV an extra dose of attitude.

Priced from $38,500 plus on-road costs, the Blacktop Edition costs $2000 more than the flagship Journey R/T on which it’s based.

The exclusive Blacktop pack includes a gloss black finish for the front grille, intake surround, side mirror housings, and 19-inch alloy wheels, as well as shadowy headlight lenses, creating a more sinister exterior appearance.

Six exterior paint options are available for the Blacktop Edition: Redline Red, White, Pearl White Tri-Coat, Pitch Black, Granite Crystal, and Billet Silver.

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The special edition model’s styling enhancements come on top of the Journey R/T’s long list of standard features, headlined by leather upholstery with heated front seats, reverse-view camera and rear parking sensors, an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming and satellite navigation, a six-speaker audio system with subwoofer and amplifier, and a 9.0-inch second-row video screen with wireless headphones.

The Journey comes standard with five seats but can be optioned with seven as part of the $1500 Flexible Seating Group package.

All Dodge Journey models sold in Australia are powered by the brand’s 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine that produces 206kW and 342Nm, and uses 10.4 litres per 100 kilometres on the combined cycle.




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