The sportiest Dodge Durango models – the Rallye and the R/T – are now available with the Blacktop package. So for the special price of just US$295 MSRP, the Durango gets a distinguishing Gloss Black crosshair grille and a set of Gloss Black 20-inch aluminum wheels with gloss black center caps. The Rallye could get even sportier with this $595 package that provides upgrades to the R/T’s trim with premium Digital Suede seat inserts.
It is complemented by Capri bolsters and red accent stitching, Black Comodo Elm trim and a power 12-way driver’s seat, including power lumbar. The paint colors available for the Durango with the Blacktop package include Bright White, Brilliant Black, Granite Crystal, Billet Silver and Redline Red. Durango has driving dynamics that’s different from what’s usually found in a sport-utility vehicle (SUV).
It gets four-wheel independent suspension, an almost 50:50 weight distribution and responsive steering and handling. The Durango offers over 30 storage areas, 50 seating configurations (which include second row captain’s chairs) and a rear cargo area that measures almost 85 cubic feet. This could fit a 6-foot couch with room for a coffee table or a 10-foot ladder with the front passenger seat folded flat.
In addition, the Dodge Durango offers over 45 safety and security features. In fact, it has been cited as a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Furthermore, Durango offers the ideal combination of power and fuel efficiency. The much-awarded 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine produces 295 horsepower on Rallye models (the highest in its class).
It also offers the most extensive driving range of over 550 miles on one tank of fuel. The available HEMI V-8 engine with Fuel Saver multi-displacement technology offers the class-topping output of 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. The two engines offer best-in-class V-6 and V-8 towing with standard trailer sway control on all models (V-8 – up to 7,400 lbs. and V-6 – 6,200 lbs.).
Dodge revealed that the 2011 Durango comes with first-rate performance and is fitted with top-of-the-line suspension in order to be able to offer refinement and excitement. The brand said further that the 2011 Durango will be a driver’s SUV given that this model will display capability and exceptional on-road performance but with the flexibility one expects of a three-row SUV. When compared against the premium performance SUVs being offered on the market today, the 2011 Durango has had its electronics being more refined in a modern way.
In addition, it also has the structural and suspension qualities that are generally found in models that come at a higher price. Talking about the suspension, the front has a short/long arm suspension with the rear having an isolated multi-link suspension. Both will have isolated front and rear cradles and thus help ensure better comfort and on-road handling.
In creating the unibody structure, the brand made use of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels. Further since the body has been integrated with the suspension, it results in the driving dynamics being enhanced. This configuration also lowers the flex, especially when compared to the body-on-frame design of the previous generation. When it comes to materials, the structure of the 2011 Durango is 52% advanced steels.
Dodge revealed the new 2011 Durango has at least 4,100 mm of arc welding and at least 5,500 welds. As such, the torsional stiffness of this model is even greater compared to the Mercedes-Benz GL. Further, Dodge disclosed that the new Dodge has the aggressive spring rates and shock that ensure it is able to deliver what is expected from it on the road.
Meanwhile, having large sway bars allows it to handle body roll that is crucial when doing hard turning maneuvers. The brand will be making available an electro-hydraulic performance steering plus electronic stability control. This will ensure that the Dodge has the stability and will be able to maintain the needed tire grip.