Dodge is preparing to debut the new Journey crossover at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, a new model marking the carmaker’s attempt to break into the burgeoning CUV market. The Journey will be an international player for Dodge, competing with the likes of Subaru’s Forester, Mitsubishi’s Outlander and Toyota’s recently updated Highlander. The new model’s running gear is built around a modified Dodge Avenger platform, which has been lengthened by 124mm to make room for its 5+2 seating and to create more interior space.

Available in both front wheel drive and all wheel drive layouts, the Dodge Journey can be optioned with a 3.5L V6 making 235hp (175kW) and 314Nm (232ft-lb) of torque. Other engines include a 2.4L inline four generating 173hp (129kW) and 224Nm (166ft-lb) of torque and a 2.7L FFV V6 producing 186hp (134kW) and 259Nm (191ft-lb) of torque.

In the looks department it’s significantly toned down compared with the other chrome clad monstrosities that Dodge has been trying to sell us, but when combined with the ‘Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat’ and optional 19in wheels you should be able to bring some street cred to the family car.

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