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by David Zalstein

The updated 2012 Dodge Journey R/T has officially been released in Australia, joining the Dodge Journey SXT that launched earlier this year.

The $43,500 top-spec Dodge Journey R/T receives the same 206kW/342Nm Chrysler Group 3.6-litre ‘Pentastar’ V6 petrol engine and six-speed automatic transmission as the $37,500 Dodge Journey SXT but with more fruit in the package.

Standard equipment for the Journey R/T includes leather seats (heated fronts), 8.4-inch touch-screen satellite navigation, six-speaker stereo with sub woofer and 368-Watt amplifier, second-row roof-mounted nine-inch screen with wireless headphones, parking sensors with reverse camera and 19-inch alloy wheels.

The changes to the new Dodge Journey may be subtle but the new ‘cross-hair’ grille, revised bumpers and updated LED tail-lights freshen-up the exterior while the interior benefits from a completely redesigned dash, leather upholstery and new three-spoke steering wheel with audio and cruise controls.

The Journey also employs a Trailer Sway Control (TSC) system that helps maintain vehicle and trailer stability when pulling a trailer. The system continuously monitors the driver’s intended path and steering inputs, and when the system’s yaw sensor detects a swaying motion it will automatically apply brake pressure to individual wheels helping to get the trailer back under control.

The new Dodge Journey R/T is $1500 dearer than the previous model’s $42,000 price tag.