2013 Detroit: Dodge Expands Blacktop Package to Journey, Durango, Grand Caravan

Dodge’s Blacktop package debuted on the 2012 Charger, but later migrated to both the 2013 Challenger muscle coupe and the 2013 Avenger midsize sedan. Now, Dodge is pushing its blacked-out appearance package on its family-oriented models – notably the 2013 Journey, 2013 Durango, and the 2013 Grand Caravan.

2013 Dodge Journey Blacktop

Let’s start with the smallest of the three new Blacktop models. On the Journey, the Blacktop package is available only on the SXT trim level, but is open to models equipped with either the base 2.4-liter I-4 or the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, and in both front- and all-wheel drive forms.

Predictably, the Blacktop package incorporates the same sort of exterior accouterment found on other Charger, Caliber, and Avenger models fitted with similar packages. The grille insert is painted gloss black, as is the lower front fascia accent, the exterior mirrors, and the 19-inch aluminum wheels. Exterior paint colors are restricted to silver, bright red, brilliant red tri-coat, white, pearl white tri-coat, and storm grey.

The Blacktop package adds roughly $995 to the price of a new Journey SXT. As such, four-cylinder, front-wheel drive Journey Blacktop models will start at $24,985, including $995 in destination charges. Add the V-6, and that price tag grows to $26,685. All-wheel drive Journey Blacktop models – which are only available with the V-6 – start at $28,385.

2013 Dodge Durango Blacktop

On the large Durango SUV, the Blacktop package is reserved for what Dodge views as its sportiest-looking models: the SXT Rallye, and the Durango R/T. For the uninitiated, the Durango R/T has been positioned as the sportiest Durango of the group; the SXT Rallye largely apes the R/T’s unique monochromatic appearance, but swaps the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 in favor of the thriftier 3.6-liter V-6.

On either model, the Blacktop package adds a gloss black crosshair grille, gloss-black 20-inch wheels, and $295 to the window sticker. Subsequently, a rear-wheel-drive Durango SXT Rallye Blacktop should sticker at roughly $32,780, including destination. Adding all-wheel-drive adds an additional $2200.

Eight-cylinder Durango R/T Blacktop models are predictably more pricey, thanks to the R/T’s larger engine and other additional content. Rear-wheel drive R/T Blacktop models start at $37,285, while all-wheel-drive versions jump to $38,595.

Buyers looking to add a little more of the R/T’s flair to the six-cylinder SXT Rallye Blacktop can do so by way of a $595 package, which dresses up the interior with R/T-grade trim. Seats are subsequently trimmed with nicer cloth, suede-like inserts, and red accent stitching. Black elm interior trim and a 12-way power seat are also lumped into the group.

2013 Dodge Grand Caravan Blacktop 

For families seeking a little more attitude in their minivan but aren’t quite ready to step up to Dodge’s top-tier Grand Caravan R/T “man van,” the Grand Caravan Blacktop might fill a niche. Based off the mid-grade SXT, the Blacktop package once again adds a gloss black grille, black headlamp bezels, and polished aluminum wheels accented with gloss black recesses. The interior receives a unique all-black color scheme, while the door trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and cloth seating are festooned with silver accent stitching. Exterior paint colors are restricted to billet silver, brilliant black, maximum steel, redline, and stone white.

Adding the Blacktop package to the 2013 Grand Caravan SXT costs $595, bringing the base price of such a vehicle to $28,185.

Look for the Grand Caravan and Journey Blacktop models to arrive at dealers nationwide in the second quarter of 2013, and Durango Blacktop models to go on sale within the next few months.

Source: Chrysler