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The Dodge Journey is Back In Mexico, Baby
Chinese automaker GAC is building the new Dodge Journey, and it looks damn sharp.
BY LEWIN DAY
SEPTEMBER 30, 2021
thedrive.com

The Dodge Journey was born in 2008, and spent just over a decade in production before fizzling out in the 2020 model year. However, that name shall live again, plastered on vehicles built by Chinese automaker GAC, who will deliver them to the Mexico market in a partnership with Stellantis, reports Reuters.

The new Dodge Journey SUVs will be built on a original GAC design. Built at the company's factory in Hangzhou, China, the SUVs will be sold through the Stellantis dealership network in Mexico. It marks GAC's first real entry to the North American market. It builds on an existing joint venture between Stellantis and GAC which has struggled thus far to sell Jeep-branded vehicles in China.

According to AutoCosmos, the new Dodge Journey is based on the Trumpchi GS5, a move which makes sense given the latter brand is a subsidiary of GAC Motor. The model has been given the Dodge treatment however, with its own front grille design and taillights, among other touches. The SUV will sport a 1.5 liter turbo engine good for 169 horsepower, paired with a six-speed automatic driving the front wheels. The Journey will be available in three trims—SXT, Sport, and GT. The top GT trim receives, among other things, 19" wheels, a 12.3" digital gauge cluster, a 360-degree camera and hands-free trunk release.


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Though it stayed in the market at least five years past its shelf life, there was a lot to like about the Journey. It was a decent value and not a bad looking product; even if it was plagued by quality and reliability issues.

Still they sold a lot of them in the NAFTA region (and in limited numbers in some export markets, too). It wasn't going to win any awards for fit n' finish or handling, but does underscore that there are still lots of consumers who appreciate a new car, with good versatility, at an affordable price. Unfortunately for most consumers in America and Canada, there are fewer such new products available. The idea of a 'no frills' or 'basic' transport in the new car market is nearly extinct, and wholly serviced by the used car today. Almost makes you wonder if we'd ever see a "cheapie" mark (i.e. Dacia, Perodua, Daewoo, Yugo, Geo, or Proton) exist ever again in our market.

The above aside, the real story here is that another Chinese automaker is making a berth into North America by way of Mexico (and Dodge).

Already BYD, Changan, and JAC either have (or will soon have) their cars on sale in Mexico. JAC is actually making cars south of the border.
 

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That doesn't look like the XT6, I mean Dodge Journey! 😉

I'm actually (pleasantly) surprised China hasn't infiltrated North America with vehicles already.
 

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Uh...they better not try no **** like this with their core US models...crap like this euro/china monstrosity will rot on the lot. Hopefully this is a one off because Dodge design cues thrown on a otherwise generic chinese crossover look like 🍑
 

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I'm actually (pleasantly) surprised China hasn't infiltrated North America with vehicles already.
GAC Group fielded an exhibit at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit back in 2013, but trade disputes in the past few years have unfortunately shelved their plans to sell vehicles in the U.S. market. The company does have some R&D facilities in California though.

 
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