If you hear the word Dodge immediately you think of American trucks, Marlboro and cowboys roaming the plains. You’re not wrong; the all American brand founded by Walter Percy Chrysler in 1875 in Wamego, Kansas USA is a true blue American product which can now be tasted by Indonesian.
The latest 2013 Dodge Journey is now available for the cowboys in you with marked improvement over the previous model. The vehicle lineup which was originally designed in 2008 earned Top Safety Pick rating from IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) for four year running and now comes with an even better steering accuracy, improved breaking and advanced interior.
The Dodge Journey which is classified as a crossover rather than full blown SUV is characteristically American. The front side equipped with quad halogen headlamps and a wide grille design with the signature split cross hair honeycomb complete with fog lamps. The head light and LED tail lamp are automatically activated in dark condition.
The 2013 Dodge Journey available in Indonesia, which is the SXT version, powered by 2.4-liter 4-cylinder Dual Overhead Cam 16-valve dual Variable Valve Timing engine produces 173 horsepower and 166 lb.-ft. of torque, linked to a four-speed automatic transmission. This four-cylinder engine delivers a little bit over 11 km / liter for highway drive.
The 283 horsepower Pentastar V-6 engine mated to a 6-Speed Automatic 62TE Transmission is also available as an option. This 3.6-liter V6 Dual Overhead Cam 24-valve dual Variable Valve Timing engine produces 280 DIN horsepower (206 kW) at 6,350 rpm and 342 Nm at 4,350 rpm.
The 2013 Dodge Journey is 4,910 mm long, 1,878 mm wide and 1,751 mm tall which is substantially bigger than The 2013 Honda CRV at 4,545 mm long, 1,820 mm wide and 1,685 mm tall.
The interior refinement include a crafted one-piece instrument panel sets the tone with a standard EVIC (Electronic Vehicle Information Centre) positioned in the center of the gauge cluster, which has a full-color display back lit in Dodge red lights, giving it a soft glow.
There are other luxury features such as 4.3-inch touchscreen radio, fold-away mirrors, dual-zone climate control, illuminated cup holders, Keyless Enter-N-Go with push-button start, Uconnect, GPS installed with Indonesian map and multifunction three-spoke steering wheel with standard integrated cruise and radio controls. The dual dash silencer isolates the cabin, making for a nice, quiet ride.
Integrated center stack bezels are sculpted and softened the radius to make more room for the driver’s knees. The center console has a lot of cushion on the armrest. Lift the lid, and there’s a larger center storage bin with a 12-volt outlet and USB port where owners can hook up their MP3/iPod charging connections and hide them away.
There are no official prices available for 2013 Dodge Journey but it is estimated around Rp 500 million to Rp 550 million. The car worldwide is available in 5 different colors which are White, Bright Silver Metallic, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl, Copperhead Pearl, Brilliant Red Tri-Coat Pearl, Storm Gray Pearl, Blue Pearl and Pearl White Tri-Coat.