Next Dodge Journey could share RWD platform with Alfa Romeo


2016 Dodge Journey

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Dodge's newest crossover will speak with a strong Italian accent, if a new report is to be believed.

Automotive News (subscription required) says the second generation of the Dodge Journey, of all vehicles, will move from the milquetoast front-wheel-drive platform that underpins the current model to the decidedly sporty rear-drive setup found underneath the upcoming Alfa Romeo Giulia.

Yes, that means Dodge's workaday people carrier will be an Alfa Romeo at its core. 

That's not as far-fetched as it seems given an Alfa Romeo crossover—which may be called the Stelvio—is under development. Still, it marks a major change in focus for the Journey, which has only undergone a modest update since hitting the market back in late 2008.

2016 Dodge Durango

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The current Journey on dealer lots shares its platform with the Chrysler 200 and has fell out of favor with critics.

What the next-gen Journey means for the slow-selling, but largely praised, Dodge Durango is up for much debate as well. The Durango, which rides on a stretched version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee's architecture, is set to be reinvented soon as the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, anyway.

If Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] indeed moves the Journey to a rear-wheel-drive platform, presumably with optional all-wheel drive, that almost certainly means the kiss of death for the Durango.

The rear-wheel-drive architecture under the Giulia will also be used for the next Dodge Charger and Challenger, meaning that Dodge showrooms in a few years may consist of a single platform with three different body styles. Recall that the Viper supercar is also on its way out.

 
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