Chicago 2011: Dodge extends R/T treatment to Journey CUV

The Dodge Journey may be as unlikely a candidate for an R/T badge as the Grand Caravan, but it received it nonetheless and expands the lineup for 2011.

Wrapping up the list of newly revealed R/T models from the Chicago Auto show is the Dodge Journey R/T - a crossover with a mean new look and more powerful V6 engine.

Like the Grand Caravan R/T, the Journey R/T benefits from the addition of Chrysler's new Pentastar V6 - all 283 horsepower and 3.6-liters of it. Of course, that isn't all Dodge did in order to help the Journey earns its new badging, as other performance and cosmetic-oriented changes were made as well.

Dodge says that the Journey R/T is intended for customers who seek a sporty, yet stylish and versatile vehicle to meet the many needs of their daily lives. To do that, a 283 horsepower V6 was added, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and the entire suspension geometry was re-engineered for a sporty feel.

Also changed were the tires, swapped for a "premium" set, and the steering system was also re-worked for a better response and improved feedback from the road for drivers.

Inside the Journey, standard content on the R/T model includes a unique red and black cloth interior with six-way power driver seat with lumbar control, four-way power front passenger seat, three-zone automatic temperature control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and a shifter knob with red accent stitching. The R/T also features the latest vehicle connectivity and customization from the Chrysler Group with the new PowerNet electrical architecture, Uconnect Touch with an 8.4-inch screen, CD/DVD/MP3/Sirius satellite radio, six premium speakers with subwoofer and amplifier and Uconnect phone.

The all-new Uconnect Touch media center allows for navigation,voice-command music selections and the ability to check fuel prices and weather.

Other features include remote start, 19-inch aluminum wheels with satin carbon finish, body-colored grille, body-colored door handles, fog lamps and "R/T" badging.

The 2011 Dodge Journey R/T starts at $28,995 plus $750 destination in front-wheel drive guise, or $30,695 plus $750 destination for the all-wheel drive model. Available colors include: Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, White and Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat.