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The Dodge Journey is trying to toughen up it's image a little bit. It's rivals are all rugged and outdoorsy, and the Journey wants to play too. To accomplish this, Dodge is launching a new version called the Crossroad, to be introduced at the Chicago Auto Show.
The 2014 Dodge Journey Crossroad is actually just a new trim level, that should fit between the SXT and Limited models, distinguishing itself with styling add-ons. It's a little less polished, but it's still a three-row, 7 seat crossover. The Dodge Journey itself is generally more likely to appeal to minivan moms, but this model might attract those with a slightly adventurous sense of self.
The Crossroad is a little more SUV-like, with a meaner looking demeanour. Riding on top of black 19-inch wheels are chrome exterior trim on the roof rails and lowered side sills, smoked headlights and taillights, and new front and rear bumpers. The interior has been darkened with Liquid Graphite accents, and comes standardly equipped with an 8.4 inch Uconnect screen and newly designed leather seats accented with mesh inserts. Also new are a leather wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob. Also standard comes heated foldaway mirrors, keyless entry, keyless ignition and steeringwheel mounted audio and cruise control.
Under the hood, a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive that produces 173 horsepower comes standard. For those seeking a little more in the way of power and capability, there is a 283 hp 3.6-litre V6 Pentastar, as well as an AWD version available. The 4 cylinder engine has a 4-speed transmission, and the V6 comes with a six-speed. The 6-cylinder variant may be badged elsewhere as the Fiat Freemont.
The Dodge Journey's new Crossroad model is a little less mommy-mobile and a little more SUV looking; but you probably don't want to take it too far off the pavement. It will go on sale this spring, with a starting price of just under $25,000.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca