DETROIT (Jan. 14, 2008) — Chrysler L.L.C. will equip certain models of its 2009 Dodge Journey—a mid-size crossover vehicle due in dealer showrooms this spring—with 19-inch Kumho Solus KH 16 radials, marking Kumho Tire Co. Inc.'s first North American original equipment (OE) fitment.
The Journey, which debuted last fall at the Frankfurt International Auto Show, is based on the Dodge Avenger chassis and styling but has a nearly 5-inch longer wheelbase to accommodate a third row of seats—for optional 5+2 seating—and additional cargo space.
The tire fitment—225/55R19—helps “set it apart from the rest of the mid-size crossover pack,” Chrysler said.
Chrysler has not divulged its sales expectations for the Journey, which will have an entry-level model priced at $19,985.
While this is Kumho's first OE fitment for a North American vehicle, it's not the tire maker's first with Chrysler. It already supplies Chrysler with Ecsta high-performance touring tires for export versions of its Sebring coupe.
Kumho officials discussed the fitment at the firm's North American annual dealer meeting in Puerto Rico.