2012 Dodge Journey R/T now on sale as Australia’s most powerful MPV

March 28, 2012

When it comes to MPVs, there isn’t really anything noticeably exciting on the market. But when a company announces a new model and calls it the most powerful in Australia, things become a bit more interesting. Meet the new 2012 Dodge Journey R/T and SXT, now on sale in Australia.

Along with a new 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine, the 2012 Dodge Journey R/T and SXT also comes with updated styling for a more muscular look. It features a new front grille and fascia layout, a slightly revised rear end with LED taillights, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the new Journey gets $3000 in added extras over the previous model, with satellite navigation on a 8.4-inch display, a rear-view camera, a nine-inch overhead screen for second-row passengers, leather seats, and a six-speaker sound system with subwoofer and a 368-Watt amplifier.

Chrysler’s new Pentastar engine has received praise in the US, powering various models such as the new Jeep Wrangler. Power is up from 136kW of the old 2.7-litre V6, to 206kW, while torque is also boosted considerably, from 256Nm to 342Nm. Acceleration from 0-100km/h hasn’t been mentioned.

The engine offers plenty of performance while also passing Euro V emissions regulations. Fuel consumption has been rated at 14.8L/100km, dropping from 15.0L/100km from the previous 2.7-litre. This is partly thanks to a new six-speed automatic transmission which is standard across the board.

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Pricing for the new R/T is yet to be announced, however, the entry-level SXT kicks off at $37,500 before on-road costs. (The outgoing R/T retails for $42,000.)

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.