Dodge Mexico teased a new model in the lineup of SUVs, which looks a little familiar. The recently discontinued Journey had a similar front grille to that of the camouflaged new SUV. More importantly, it closely resembles the Trumpchi GS5 compact crossover, a model produced and sold in China. The teaser images don’t give much away, but the size of the vehicle and frontend design resembles a GS5.
What is the Trumpchi GS5?
The GS5 might not sound familiar, because it is not available in the United States and many other places. This simply means they are building the new model of Dodge for the brand, as they have previously for Jeep. GAC produced vehicles like the Renegade, Compass, Cherokee, and Grand Commander for China. With the history of the two companies working together, why not continue with the hole left in the Dodge lineup? The GS5 is between the Jeep Compass and Commander in size but is a bit taller than both of them. It averages 33-mpg with its 2.0-liter turbo engine, capable of producing 252-hp. The GS5 was redesigned and renamed the Trumpchi GS4 Plus for 2021, which changed the body and added new features. The infotainment system is CarLife by Baidu, with CarPlay and voice command in the higher trim level models.
What hole is Dodge filling?
Dodge discontinued the Journey following the 2020 model year. It ran from 2008-2020 and sold nearly 1,000,000 units over that time. The midsize crossover SUV being discontinued left the Durango alone as the only SUV available in the Dodge lineup. The automaker’s rumored Dodge Hornet crossover PHEV is coming in 2023, but Dodge Mexico won’t wait as long for another SUV in its lineup. CarAndDriver speculated that the inevitable announcement of a Dodge EV would be based around the Durango. Given its popularity and current solo SUV presence in the lineup, that would’ve made sense. The Hornet rumors prove that wrong, and who knows what else Dodge has hidden as far as the next EV.
What do we know about the teased SUV?
Camouflaged silhouettes of the vehicle and a Dodge logo on the license plate are all that’s visible. There’s not much to see other than the shape, which makes the GS5 speculation easily determined, but unproven. Dodge will rebrand the GS5 with Dodge logos and other small changes for the Mexican market. Dodge is no stranger to rebranding other automaker’s vehicles as its own. It has spaces in its lineup just waiting to be filled. It is down to only three vehicles available for sale, the Durango, Charger, and Challenger.
Presumably featuring the same technology as the GS5, here’s what we can expect from the new Dodge. It’s capable of seating up to five passengers, has heated power mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, and available 17 or 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Varying with each of the three trim levels, buyers can also get a 7-inch instrument panel, 8-inch color LCD display, front row USB ports, leather and leatherette-trimmed seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and more. Tons of safety features, Bluetooth, and a surround-view parking system make this small SUV a nice choice for the low price of the equivalent of $23,400 for the highest trim level.