The 2012 Dodge Journey has benefitted from a significant model-year upgrade, sporting a new petrol engine, a revised exterior and a more sophisticated cabin with added equipment.

The upgraded Journey is now powered by Chrysler Group’s 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 petrol engine. It produces 206kW of power and 342Nm of torque – a huge boost over the outgoing model’s 136kW/256Nm 2.7-litre V6. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard.

Despite all the extra power, the Journey’s urban cycle fuel consumption has dropped from 15.0 litres per 100km to 14.8L/100km, while its official combined cycle fuel consumption has increased by just 0.1L/100km to 10.4L/100km.

 

Both the entry-level SXT and top-spec R/T variants are equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The 103kW/310Nm 2.0-litre diesel engine – which achieved impressive combined cycle economy of 6.7L/100km – is no longer available.

The 2012 Dodge Journey SXT comes standard with front and rear fog lights, black roof rails, three-zone climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, six-way adjustable power driver’s seat with four-way electric lumbar adjust, and a six-speaker audio system with 8.4-inch touchscreen and AUX/USB/Bluetooth connectivity.

Peculiarly, the standard alloy wheel size varies between 16 and 17 inches, which Dodge Australia says it due to availability issues. A space saver spare is standard across the range.

The range-topping Journey R/T adds 19-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats, reversing camera, rear parking sensors, 8.4-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, and a six-speaker premium audio system with subwoofer.

Both models get 60/40 split second-row seats and a 50/50 split third row, both of which fold flat to the floor. The seven-seater’s boot space is a tiny 167 litres, but expands to a more accommodating 1461 litres with the seats folded forward.

The price of the 2012 Journey SXT has increased $500 to $37,500 before on-road costs. Dodge has not yet confirmed pricing for the R/T, as it is will not arrive in local showrooms until late February or early March. The previous Journey R/T cost $42,000.

The Journey will soon be the only model in Dodge’s Australian line-up, with the Caliber hatch and the Nitro SUV phased out internationally and soon to be discontinued locally.

2012 Dodge Journey manufacturer’s list prices (excluding government and dealer charges):

  • SXT – $37,500
  • R/T – TBA (Will be confirmed closer to late-February/early-March launch)