Chrysler will move production of the next-generation Dodge Journey crossover and the Fiat Freemont from Mexico to Sterling Heights, in Michigan.
The next-generation Dodge Journey will be manufactured together with the 2015 Chrysler 200, using a similar platform derived from Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta. The Sterling Heights plant currently manufactures the Chrysler 200 sedan and convertible, the European version of the Lancia Flavia and the Dodge Avenger sedan.
The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is to begin production in January 2014, while the Dodge Avenger is to be discontinued leaving enough space for the next-generation Dodge Journey. The 2015 Chrysler 200 is expected to have a more refined design, be more qualitative and be fitted with a 2.4-liter Tigershark engine and nine-speed automatic, used in Dodge Dart too, and a 3.6-liter V-6 taken from other Chrysler vehicles.
The Fiat Freemont and next-gen Dodge Journey is to hit the market in 2016 as 2016 models, also based on a CUSW platform. The 2013 Dodge Journey comes with either a 173-hp, 2.4-liter inline-four engine or a 283-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 engine, and the base price is $19,900.
The Sterling Heights plant was once tagged to be closed, part of Chrysler’s reorganization strategy, but in 2010-2011 the automaker announced it will invest more than $1 billion to build a body and paint shops at the facility. Construction is to be finished in 2014.