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.
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.
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|
|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|
|LED Daytime Running Lights||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|
|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|
|Heads-Free Power Liftgate||–||–||Standard|
|Dodge-Branded Running Boards||Standard||Standard||Standard|
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 Interior Features|
|Interior Ambient Lighting||–||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||–||–|
|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|
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.
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.
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.