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Dodge takes aim at Scenic, Touran

2007-08-27 08:11

The Dodge Journey

The Americans are invading the European MPV segment with Chrysler's Dodge brand taking aim at the Renault Scenic and VW Touran.

The Dodge Journey will be introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show. A Chrysler South Africa spokesperson said that a decision has not yet been made if the Journey will make its way here.

However, we expect it to arrive here late in 2008.

This new seven-seat Dodge Journey MPV is built on the company's global D-segment platform which underpins the Jeep Compass and Dodge Caliber too.

The Journey is unmistakably a Dodge, with powerful, muscular exterior styling cues. With its wagon-like design it actually looks more like an SUV than an MPV.

Interior flexibility and cabin storage are the apparently good and the Journey's second row of seats slide and feature pop-up child booster seats.

Dodge says the Journey's rear doors open 90 degrees, making it easier for people to get in and out of the second row and gain access to the third-row seat.

There is a plethora of storage bins, including a pair of can-coolers in the rear floor.

Two engines options will be available. There is the VW-sourced 2.0-litre turbodiesel with a power output of 103 kW and a four-cylinder 129kW 2.4-litre petrol unit.

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