End of an Era
Dodge Journey reaches the end of the trail
The Dodge Journey is going the way of the Beetle and Grand Caravan. The model, which debuted in 2008 and hasn't changed much since, will end its run in 2021. According to Dodge, the model's tenure will end with little fanfare, much the same way as the product has existed for the last 12 years.
This isn't the only model Dodge is getting rid of. Earlier this month they confirmed that the Dodge Grand Caravan's production will be ending after the 2020 model year. The move leaves Dodge without a minivan in its lineup for the first time since 1983.
Though the automaker recently launched a new version of the Durango, Charger, and Challenger. The 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat installs a 710-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine user the hood, making it the most powerful SUV in the brand's portfolio. The 797-horsepower 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye and 807-horsepower 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock have also been added to the lineup.
Automotive industry analysts have raised questions about the future of the historic brand. Dodge has an aging lineup and continues to debut new model year vehicles with expected engine and equipment modifications rather than debut new models or fresh generations of their cars and SUVs.
Dodge is one of the brands caught up on the FCA-Groupe PSA merger. Earlier this week, the companies announced the new name of their conjoined companies, Stellantis, along with a new logo. The move was largely ridiculed online with the public saying that the name sounds like (in non particular order) an erectile disfunction medication, evil head of a comic universe, and a 1980s vehicle model name.
The next SUV set for arrival in the FCA portfolio is the Jeep Wrangler 4xe, a plug-in hybrid electric version of the Wrangler.