Dodge is crazy about power. A 797-horsepower Redeye version of the Charger sedan and a 710-horsepower, three-row Durango SUV were recently unveiled. The automaker does not hesitate to go very quickly even its vehicles suitable for families, and Dodge punctuated this comment by saying full range will offer Hellcat power. Does this mean we will see a Dodge Journey and a Grand Caravan bonkers of over 700 horsepower?
In short, no. We already knew that the Caravan – the grandfather of all minivans and the creator of the segment – was cut after the 2020 model year. The Journey crossover has long been assumed to be on the cutting block, and with the Dodge’s new claim for the Hellcat V8 for everything, it officially puts the kibosh on it.
Or rather, it should marks the end of the journey. Manufacturers rarely make official announcements regarding the disappearance of a model, but the Journey has hardly changed since its debut for the 2009 model year. foolish to take a 10 year old platform and push a gazillion of horses under the hood. And yet we have the Charger and the Challenger. Yeah, it’s embarrassing.
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Unlike vehicles that still sell fairly well despite their age, the Journey does not fly out of showrooms. A recent report showed that almost 50% of the 2019 models were still at dealerships awaiting buyers, and that was before the coronavirus changed everything. The 2020 model year saw only two Journey trim levels available, and it’s almost always a prelude to certain death.
We are living in crazy times, however. To be absolutely sure, we contacted Dodge regarding the future of the Journey and a spokesperson confirmed that it had no future. Specifically, the Journey will cease production at the end of the fourth quarter of this year, thereby ending its use as a 2020 model. Production of the caravan is already over.
Dodging enthusiasts always have a family option. The Durango offers three-row seats to transport children to and from the practice of football. And with a new version of Hellcat coming next year, there is no excuse for being late.