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 |  Nov 18 2010, 8:44 AM

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Of the six new models shown by Dodge at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, Ralph Gilles said the Journey was the one that required the most work.

Mentioning that the car had never lived up to its promise, he said that the Journey had to be almost completely rethought to make it what it was always supposed to be. The 2011 Dodge Journey is now a crossover to covet, Dodge claims. With a completely overhauled interior and suspension, it gets the same treatment as the rest of the Dodge lineup, but it makes a bigger difference in the Journey according to Ralph.

The Journey was always handsome if a bit anonymous. Now it features design cues that more closely match the rest of the family, both inside and out. With the new materials and layout for the interiors, these 2011 Dodge models have taken a huge step in the right direction. If they handle half as well as promised, they will be true competitors, especially with that new powerful and efficient Pentastar under their hoods – which in the Journey makes 283-hp and 260 ft-lbs of torque.

The 2011 Journey will start at a base price ranging from a really low $22,245 for the base level Express model to $32,740 for the Lux. Full pricing and live pics below.

GALLERY: 2011 Dodge Journey Debut in LA

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 |  Oct 21 2010, 8:03 AM

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Dodge has just released detailed info and pics on its latest revamped model, the 2011 Journey. Gaining a new corporate face, first shown on the new 2011 Charger, the Journey also sees exterior upgrades that include LED taillights and 19-inch wheels.

Improvements to the interior have also been made, marking a significant upgrade from the 2010 model. Chrysler has made interior trim quality a top priority for all of its new vehicles. Also available is Chrysler’s Uconnect Touch infotainment system.

Dodge claims improved ride and handling thanks to better tires, a modified suspension setup and a new steering system. Also helping to deliver a more engaging driving experience is the addition of Chrysler’s new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 producing 283-hp and 260 ft-lbs of torque. The new engine, paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, should also help the Journey post much improved fuel economy numbers.

That info (as well as pricing) has yet to be released, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated.

GALLERY: 2011 Dodge Journey

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