GAC Motor’s plans to enter the North American market have been delayed, and this is mainly due to economic sanctions placed by the former Trump administration. This time, however, GAC Motor has succeeded in entering the North American market via Mexico, with their latest vehicle branded as a Dodge.
According to Reuters, GAC Motor will be selling the GAC GS5, but badge-engineered to be a Dodge Journey. Dodge has released a teaser photo of the upcoming Journey earlier this month, while a rollout ceremony has already commenced at GAC’s Hangzhou factory according to Remo News.
GAC Motor has a joint venture with the Stellantis group, though, over the years, the automotive group has been struggling to sell its Jeep lineup of SUVs and crossovers. This led to the recent closure of one of its two manufacturing plants in China, where the locally-sold Jeep Renegade and Compass are sourced.
The upcoming Dodge Journey will be powered by a 1.5-liter inline-4 turbo gasoline engine that produces 168 hp and is mated to a 6-speed manual or automatic made by Aisin.
Setting apart the Dodge Journey from the GAC GS5 is its different front fascia, which adopts a more aggressive design with its slimmer black mesh grille. No other photos have been provided, but we do expect the side profile to remain largely unchanged. As for the rear of the vehicle, it should also look similar to the GAC GS5, but with a few minor differences to fit into Dodge’s vehicle portfolio.
Interior photos are also unavailable as of the moment, though we expect it to also be similar to the GS5, albeit with minor differences.
What do you think of the Dodge Journey? Do you think Dodge Philippines should also do the same move to our market?