DETROIT (Jan. 15, 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 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.