Citing supplier sources, a report out this morning suggests that Fiat-Chrysler will import the next-generation 2019 Dodge Journey crossover from Italy. The move would free up production capacity in North America for FCA to build more trucks and Jeeps, while also better utilize FCA’s European plants.
The next Journey is expected to transition to the Alfa Romeo Giulia’s new platform, which is primarily rear-wheel drive with optional all-wheel drive. In an effort to maintain efficiency, the new Journey will likely have turbo four-cylinder engines and eight-speed automatic transmissions.
It is worth noting that there has been speculation that the Giulia’s platform is also capable of front-wheel drive applications. However, at this time it appears the Journey will switch from today’s front to rear-wheel drive format.
Today the Journey is produced in Mexico and sold in Europe as the Fiat Freemont. Chrysler’s 2014 product plan originally called for the Journey to be replaced this fall, but that clearly didn’t pan out. The delay is yielding the Journey as one of the oldest FCA products, which was last refreshed for the 2011 model year after launching way back in 2008.