Dodge reveals 2012 Durango Special Service model

Article by Christian A., on March 20, 2012

Dodge will start to offer a Durango Special Service model for its fleet customers. The Dodge Charger Pursuit recently made its debut. Police and fire departments as well as fleet customers would be pleased to know that the Dodge Durango Special Service SUV is designed particularly to withstand the rigors of daily use.

The order books have already been opened by Chrysler Group fleet operations. Deliveries will start in the second quarter of 2012. Reid Bigland, President and CEO – Dodge Brand, said that the standard Durango features several elements that lead in its class like power, towing and a driving range of over 550 miles. This makes it a great fit to become an excellent utility tool for law enforcement and general fleet customers.

He added that this Special Service version is sure to be a primary asset to any agency that needs an SUV that’s durable but comfortable too. The Dodge Durango Special Service comes with all of the functionalities that can be expected from an SUV that leads its class. It offers a towing capacity of up to 7,400 pounds. It could be powered by either the Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 engine or the 360 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, resulting to a driving range of more than 550 miles. The Dodge Durango Special Service model is available in rear- or all-wheel drive.

No task is too difficult as it is equipped with a heavy-duty brake package, heavy-duty battery, larger-output 220-amp alternator and heavy-duty water pump and engine oil cooler. Customers don’t have to worry about repair costs for these parts too since the vehicle comes with a 5-year/100,000-mile fully transferrable powertrain warranty.

The rear cargo area of the Dodge Durango Special Service is customizable. It has storage compartments under the floor and more storage is available in the side compartments. Dodge also gives customers added options such as a special service interior dome lamp and headliner, spot lamp wiring prep and the removal of the third row of seats to have a bigger cargo capacity. Even when the third row has been taken out, there still are separate air conditioning and heat controls for the second row.

Doug Betts, senior vice president of Quality-Chrysler Group LLC, described the Dodge Durango as having been designed and produced with quality as the priority in every stage of the process. He also said that not only has the company had its engineers benchmark hundreds of criteria to set and achieve competitive performance against any and all competitors. It has also increased the number of evaluations of fit and finish and also precision, making changes as far back as the early digital design phase.

Starting with all the new models produced for the 2011 model year, Chrysler Group has decided to significantly increase the number of miles required for the reliability test. The engineers tested the all new Durango for the equivalent of 6 million miles for its durability and reliability test in the company’s testing labs, on public roads in various climates and at the proving grounds. This builds upon the Dodge Durango’s platform mate, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and its 7.5 million testing miles, to make a grand total of 13.5 million miles for the redesigned SUV platform.

Chrysler Group has decided to adopt a new manufacturing quality processes similar to its global alliance partner Fiat to be a part of the World Class Manufacturing (WCM) initiative. The Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) in Detroit where the Durango is built, shall be the first Chrysler Group assembly plant to house a Metrology Center, to help consistently execute these standards.

The new 20,000-square-foot Metrology Center is located within the body shop and is dedicated to making sure that each and every body part fits well and conforms with the overall design requirement.

To ensure that the customer is always receiving top notch quality, the inspections do not end once the Dodge Durango reaches the end of the assembly line. During the initial launch, 60 to 100 of the newly built SUVs are randomly chosen and test driven up to 60 miles in a final verification.

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New 2014 Dodge Durango Special Service Is A High-Tech Civil Servant

Police and fire agencies and general fleet customers across the United States and Canada in need of a full-size SUV with best-in-class power and utility to provide emergency support need look no further than the new 2014 Dodge Durango Special Service. The 2014 Dodge Durango Special Service delivers the perfect combination of capability, fuel economy and utility with a new standard eight-speed transmission, improved fuel economy up to 25 miles per gallon and the ability to tow as much as 7,400-pounds. Featuring class-leading utility and driving range of over 600 miles, and a whole host of safety technologies, the new Dodge Durango Special Service will meet the needs of a wide range of fleet customers.

"The 2014 Dodge Durango Special Service model is a state-of-the-art resource for fleet customers," said Peter Grady, Vice President of Network Development and Fleet Operations. "It's been specifically designed for the demands and rigors of fleet duty. It joins the Dodge Charger Pursuit sedan and Ram 1500 Special Service truck currently available to government fleet customers."

In addition to the many features standard on the new Durango, the Special Service model also features additional components designed for the rigors of daily fleet use, including a heavy-duty brake package, heavy-duty battery, larger-output 220-amp alternator, heavy-duty water pump and engine oil cooler and a load leveling suspension.

The Dodge Durango Special Service will be built at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit. Chrysler Group fleet operations will start taking orders now, with production expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Dodge Durango Special Service model builds on highly equipped production model
The 2014 Dodge Durango Special Service interior features a programmable 7-inch display in the gauge cluster, the Uconnect 5.0-inch touch screen with voice command and Bluetooth, a media hub for USB, SD media card and auxiliary jack integration and Bluetooth streaming audio. New LED daytime running lamps and rear race track tail lamps last longer than traditional bulbs and reduce maintenance costs.

A customizable rear cargo area with under-floor storage compartments and additional storage in the side compartments is unique to the Durango Special Service. Further modifications include a special service headliner and red and white interior dome lamp and spot lamp wiring prep. The Durango's third-row of seats is removed to provide fleet customers more cargo capacity. Even with the deletion of the third row, the second row maintains separate air conditioning and heat controls.

These modifications make the already stout Durango more than capable of handling daily fleet use.

Available options include a Skid Plate Group for all-wheel drive models, ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera, a Trailer Tow Group, Engine Block Heater and Uconnect Access Via Mobile capability.

Special Service models offer customers more than 60 safety and security features, including standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), electronic roll mitigation (ERM), Hill-start Assist and standard Trailer-sway Control (TSC) to enhance off-road and towing capabilities, Rain Brake Support and Ready Alert Braking. Other standard safety and security features include seat-mounted and side-curtain air bags in the front row. The side-curtain air bag extends protection to second-row passengers. Durango also includes standard front-row active head restraints.

A 5-year/100,000-mile fully transferrable powertrain warranty helps eliminate worry of any repair costs to the covered components.

Dodge Durango: Best-in-class towing and driving range for the No Compromises SUV
The new 2014 Dodge Durango takes everything that customers love about Durango and adds the latest advancements in technology to enhance its design, capability and functionality. With a new standard eight-speed automatic transmission, improved fuel economy and performance, new LED exterior lighting, two new interior touchscreens, a new programmable instrument cluster and an available high-definition dual-screen Blu-ray entertainment system, the 2014 Dodge Durango reaches even higher levels of sophistication building on its proven performance, utility and comfort.

Named one of Ward's 10 Best Engines for three years, Durango's standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine is paired with the new standard eight-speed transmission and generates an impressive 290 horsepower (295 horsepower on Rallye and Citadel) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, and can tow up to a best-in-class 6,200 pounds. The V-6 powered Durango also features a best-in-class driving range of over 600 miles on a tank and up to 25 miles per gallon.

The available 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine produces a best-in-class 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque with a best-in-class tow rating of 7,400 pounds. The 5.7-liter engine's Fuel Saver Technology with cylinder-deactivation seamlessly alternates between smooth, high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode when less power is needed and V-8 mode when more power is in demand. Models with the HEMI V-8 engine achieve up to 23 miles per gallon.

The new instrument panel features a redesigned center stack that houses the new 5-inch and 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreens. The bottom of the center stack houses a new media hub with an SD card slot, USB outlet and auxiliary jacks, as well as a storage bin. The new center console features a new segment-first rotary shifter for the standard eight-speed automatic that adds another level of refinement over the traditional gated automatic shifter. Manual shift functions have moved to paddle shifters on the back of the Durango's new steering wheel.

The instrument cluster has also been given the high-tech treatment and now includes a full-color 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) screen similar to the one found in the all-new Dodge Dart. Standard on all models, this screen allows for drivers to customize more than 100 ways how information is presented.

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