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China-Built 2022 Dodge Journey, Best-Selling Dodge In Mexico For December!

New Crossover Proves To Be Important Part Of Mexican Lineup...

Since its introduction to the market in 2009, the Dodge Journey had become a family favorite crossover for Mexican families. The Mexican-built Dodge Journey was one of the more popular options in the Dodge lineup until its discontinuation after the 2020 model year. With the three-row Dodge Durango being out of the financial reach for a majority of Mexican families, it left the Dodge brand without a viable crossover / SUV option for the Mexican market.

2020 Dodge Journey Crossroad. (Dodge).

For 2022, the Journey returns in a totally new package thanks to the Stellantis’ Chinese connections with Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd (GAC) and their Trumpchi GS5. Instead of being the family-oriented three-row that everyone who was budget-minded loved, it is now a five-passenger two-row crossover. 

While many wondered how the new Chinese-built Journey would fare in the Mexico market (especially since it is ultimately replacing a vehicle that was built in Mexico), we are now learning just how well the new Journey is doing thanks to the sales reports from Stellantis Mexico.

2022 Dodge Journey GT. (Dodge Mexico).

According to the automaker, the 2022 Dodge Journey was the brand’s most popular vehicle in December. 

Available only to the Mexican market, the 2022 Dodge Journey is available in three different trim levels (SXT, Sport, and GT).

2022 Dodge Journey Exterior Features
  SXT Sport GT
Wheels and Tires –       
18-Inch Polished Face Two-Tone Aluminum Wheels and 235/55 Tires Standard Standard
19-Inch Polished Face Two-Tone Aluminum Wheels and 235/50 Tires Standard
17-Inch Spare Tire Wheel with 155/90 Tire Standard Standard Standard
Exterior –       
LED Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard Standard
LED Headlights Standard Standard Standard
Headlights with Rain / Light Sensor Standard Standard
LED Front Fog Lights Standard Standard Standard
Front & Rear Tow Hooks Standard Standard Standard
Power Adjustable Side Mirrors with Directional Light Standard Standard Standard
Heated Power Folding Mirrors Standard Standard
Side Mirrors with Tilt-Down Feature Standard Standard
LED Taillights Standard Standard Standard
Shark Fin Antenna Standard Standard Standard
Rear Roof Spoiler with LED Brake Light Standard Standard Standard
Colored Aluminum Rear Diffuser Standard Standard Standard
Windshield Wiper with Rain Sensor Standard Standard
Roof Rails Standard Standard Standard
Sunroof Standard
Panoramic Sunroof Standard Standard
Heads-Free Power Liftgate Standard
Dodge-Branded Running Boards Standard Standard Standard
2022 Dodge Journey GT. (Dodge Mexico).

The GS5 also donates an interior that utilizes better materials, with soft-touches surfaces, and attention to detail that again surpasses the 2020 model. For SXT and Sport models, there is an analog gauge cluster with a 7-inch LCD digital information screen in the center. On the top-tier GT model, that gauge cluster is replaced with a 12.3-inch LCD digital cluster allowing for a much more modern and technological look. Matter of fact, it is the first Dodge vehicle to feature such a display. 

An 8-inch central-mounted touchscreen infotainment system is standard, however, it isn’t Uconnect 5-based. Using the system straight from the GS5, the Trumpchi’s system offers Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto as standard equipment across the lineup. The system also allows for the driver to use the reversing camera with dynamic grille lines, and the support of a 360-degree surround-view camera system on Sport and GT models in HD resolution. 

2022 Dodge Journey GT. (Dodge Mexico).
2022 Dodge Journey Interior Features
  SXT Sport GT
Interior –       
Interior Ambient Lighting Standard Standard
Welcome Lighting Standard Standard Standard
Leather-Wrapped Multifunction Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
7-Inch Digital Gauge Cluster Standard Standard
12.3-Inch LCD Digital Gauge Cluster Standard
8-Inch LCD Infotainment Touchscreen Standard Standard Standard
Driver & Passenger Visor with Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Automatic Dimming Rearview Mirror Standard Standard
Rear Adjustable Headrest (3) Standard Standard Standard
Power One-Touch Driver & Passenger Front Windows Standard
Power One-Touch Passenger Rear Windows Standard Standard
Two Front USB Ports Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Armrest with Cup Holder Standard Standard Standard
Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control Standard Standard Standard
Rear USB Port Standard Standard Standard
Cloth Seats with Synthetic Leather Inserts Standard
Leather Seats Standard Standard
8-Way Power-Adjustable Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
10-Way Power-Adjustable Driver Seat with Three Memory Settings Standard Standard
Three Level Heated and Ventilated Front Seats Standard Standard
4-Way Power-Adjustable Passenger Seat Standard Standard
Second Row 60/40 Reclining and Folding Seats Standard Standard Standard
Leather-Wrapped Gear Selector with Aluminum Inserts Standard Standard Standard
Hatch Area Mat Standard Standard Standard
Tilt & Telescoping Steering Wheel  Standard Standard Standard
Illuminated Driver & Passenger Visor with Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Air Purifier with Ionizer (Negative Ion Generator) Standard
2022 Dodge Journey GT. (Dodge Mexico).

Under the hood is a standard turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four-cylinder engine delivering 169 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. The turbo 1.5-liter features a BorgWarner low-inertia electronically controlled turbocharger and second-generation Bosch high-pressure injection system to ensure the stability of combustion, reduce emissions, and fuel consumption.

The turbo 1.5-liter is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission from Aisin which offers quick response shifting, low fuel consumption, and self-learning, and adaptive intelligent control. The Aisin unit allows the Journey to have Engine Start/Stop (ESS) and Natural Control.  

2022 Dodge Journey GT. (Dodge Mexico).

The all-new Dodge Journey has a starting Manufacturing Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $555,900 MXN (or about $28,250 USD) for the SXT, $615,900 MXN (or about $31,300 USD) for the Sport, and $645,900 MXN (or about $32,825 USD) for the top-tier GT model.

The 2022 Dodge Journey is available in 6 exterior colors including, Granite, Bright White, Silver, Bright Blue, Gloss Black, and Shiny Copper.

2022 Dodge Journey GT. (Dodge Mexico).

The 2022 Dodge Journey proves to be an affordable option for the Mexican marketplace, however, can it prove to be reliable enough for Dodge to embrace the Journey in other markets? The last-generation Dodge Journey had its issues, but due to its “bang for the buck” persona, many were able to look over its faults.

What do you think about the Chinese-built 2022 Dodge Journey lineup? Do you think such a vehicle should be marketed elsewhere for the brand? Let us know in the comments below or in the MoparInsiders.com forums.

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only a Co-Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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