Families that need space for seven – but want to arrive in style - will love the new Dodge Journey when it launches this August.

The front-wheel drive Dodge Journey has 5+2 seating as standard across the range and loads of family-friendly features including a tilt and slide flexible seating system; spacious under-floor storage bins and under-seat storage areas; rear doors that open to 90-degrees for easy access when installing child seats; a rear conversation mirror and climate control that operates in all three rows.

Federico Goretti, Managing Director of Chrysler UK, said: "The Dodge Journey is aimed at families that need the functionality and utility of an MPV, but don't want the look of a traditional people carrier.

"The diesel engine offers great performance and economy and this means that the Journey takes on the practicality of an MPV with the overall fuel efficiency of a passenger car. The design of the Journey is like nothing else on the road and builds on the success we have had with our other Dodge vehicles – Caliber, Avenger and Nitro – in the UK, which all combine a striking design with incredible value for money."

Dodge Journey

The new Dodge comes with a choice of a 2.4-litre petrol engine or a 2.0-litre diesel engine. The diesel engine is available with either a manual or dual-clutch automatic gearbox and will return up to 43.5 mpg (combined cycle).

The Journey will offer the same excellent value for money that Dodge customers in the UK have come to expect. Prices will start from £16,995 and this is around 10 per cent better value than key competitors when comparing similarly equipped models.

The entry-level SE model will come with three-zone climate control; a tilt and telescope steering wheel; tyre pressure monitoring; power-folding and heated wing mirrors; electric windows and six-disc CD with MP3 compatible sound system all as standard.

The 2008 Dodge Journey will be available from August 2008 and will be priced (on-the-road) as follows:

Journey 2.4 Petrol SE Five-speed Manual £16,995
Journey 2.0 CRD SE Six-speed Manual £17,995
Journey 2.0 CRD SXT Six-speed Manual £19,995
Journey 2.0 CRD SXT Six-speed Automatic £21,195
Journey 2.0 CRD R/T Six-speed Automatic £22,995