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2018 Dodge Durango GT can now be upgraded with the SRT-inspired Rallye Package

We know of the Dodge Durango as a mean-looking SUV. But the automaker decided to make it look even more aggressive, now giving it as much as 475 horsepower (354 kilowatts). Now, with the Rallye design package, that’s another notch up for the three-row, 2018 Durango GT SUV. It now has cool exterior upgrades, together with a selection of new colour options.

The styling package consists of the following: a performance hood, front fascia, and LED fog lights. Meanwhile, the new engine cover adds two heat extractors and a cold air duct. Also, the new Durango borrows its front fascia and fog lights from the Durango R/T and SRT models before it.

New colour options include Vice White, White Knuckle, Octane Red, Redline Red, DB Black, Granite and In-Violet. Customers could combine this with 20-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels, or optional Brass Monkey wheels as part of the Blacktop package. Most of the changes can be seen here, and both the interior and the engine options stay the same.

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698-hp Hellcat-powered Dodge Durango is born from Mopar shop in Arizona

Ever heard of a Dodge Durango Hellcat? Of course, no one has heard of a Durango Hellcat. This is because Dodge never developed or created such a model. In case you haven’t heard it too, there is a Durango powered by the same engine found in the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, courtesy of a custom Mopar shop near Phoenix, Arizona.

Even with the arrival of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat remains a fiery proposition on the road. After all, it is powered by a monstrous engine – a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 mill – that could deliver 707 hp of max output and 650 lb.-ft. of peak torque. It is also the same engine that powers the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. Moreover, it is the same engine that serves as the core of the newly launched Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk mid-size SUV.

Regrettably, Dodge hasn’t decided to equip its own mid-size SUV with this engine from hell. The closest a customer could get for a high-performance version of the Dodge Durango is the one that has been tweaked by SRT. Created for the 2018 model year, the Dodge Durango SRT is tagged by the brand as the fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUV in America. It is powered by a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine that delivers at most 475 hp of output and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. While this 6.4-liter V8 engine is already -- by all means – powerful, it pales in comparison with smaller displacement supercharged Hellcat mill.

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2018 Dodge Durango SRT is a tempting proposition with its starting price of $64,090

If you’ve been looking for a striking three-row SUV that also has enough power to give you the pleasure that you want, look no further as the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is here. It does not have the same 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that the Hellcat offers, but it does come with a naturally aspirated 6.4-liter V8 that produces 475 horsepower and 470 pound feet of torque. Now, that’s probably the most powerful 3-row SUV we have heard of.

With this engine, the Durango SRT is capable of hitting 0-60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds, and has a quarter-mile time of 12.9 seconds. That is very impressive for an SUV that weighs a lot.

The Durango SRT will have a set of 20 inch wheels, Brembo brakes, quad-exhaust tips, Bilstein dampers, and an all-wheel drive system. There will be a driving mode selector which includes seven settings like sport mode. In this mode, shift times of the 8-speed auto can be reduced by up to 50 percent, and can also split torque 35:65 front to rear.

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X-Tomi renders a 2018 Dodge Durango SRT pickup truck

A cross between the new Durango SRT and a Dakota pickup is clearly not a bad idea. But Chrysler has stopped producing the Dodge Dakota a long time ago. In fact, we haven’t seen the company participate in the mid-size pickup category for more than 6 years.

If only Chrysler comes out with a new replacement for the famous utility wagon, it would be awesome if it ends up with the same styling cues like the one on the new SUV. We bet this is what X-Tomi Design had in mind when it drew a speculative rendering of the supposed Dodge Durango SRT hauler truck.

It’s plain to see that the artist had placed a pickup bed on the latest SUV’s body. But the Durango is actually based on the Dodge Dakota pickup right from the very start. While nowadays it is bigger and seems to be bearing some kind of a “crossover styling cues”, most of the idea is still taken from the original cargo truck. Let’s put it this way, if Chrysler had done the exact same thing, this is how the Durango is going to look like if it comes with an open bed.

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FCA has just introduced the new 2015 Dodge Durango R/T, an updated version of its well-known SUV which features class-exclusive Radar Red Nappa leather seats. According to the manufacturer, the seats were only available on the Charger and Challenger models, but now the Radar Red Nappa leather is ready to complement the sporty attitude of the R/T’s exterior features.

Dodge will still offer the black Nappa leather setting, which is available with the optional Premium Nappa Leather Group. For those who don’t know, the Premium Nappa Leather Group is available for just $1,195. As standard, the 2015 Durango R/T is available with 20-inch performance tires, a 20 mm lower ride height, a sporty monochromatic exterior appearance with black headlamp bezels and LED daytime running lights.

Moreover, we find the R/T-embroidered leather seating with contrasting red or black stitching, the Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen, premium audio with 9 speakers and subwoofer, power liftgate and HID low-beam headlamps. Under the hood, there is the same 5.7-liter HEMI V8 petrol engine developing 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque with a best-in-class tow rating of 7,400 pounds.

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Chrysler Group is suspending production of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango at its Jefferson North Assembly plant for three weeks starting December 22 to upgrade its paint shop. The upgrade will allow the shop to create paint vehicles with more complex exterior colors.

Due to the suspension, Chrysler also suspended dealer orders of the Grand Cherokee and Durango in any color other than grayscale -- black, white, silver or gray -- until at least February. The production suspension will be the first time that the Jefferson North Assembly plant will stop operations for such an extended period since the carmaker collapsed into bankruptcy in 2009.

According to Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson, the upgrades at the paint shop will pave way for a new painting process that will enhance the way the Grand Cherokee and Durango are painted, adding that more colors could be created eventually and would slowly become available.

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For the coming months, Chrysler dealers will not be able to order Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango in any color – except black, white, silver or gray -- until February as the carmaker upgrades the paint shop at its Jefferson North Assembly plant to pave way for more complex colors. Likewise, Chrysler will suspend auto production at the site for three week starting Dec. 22, 2014 to upgrade the paint shop.

According to Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson, the upgrade at the Jefferson North paint shop will be similar to the upgrades installed earlier at Chrysler’s Warren Truck and Sterling Heights assembly plants in Michigan.

She said that the new painting process will improve the way the Grand Cherokee and Durango are painted, and will allow for more colors. She remarked that once the new paint process is online, more colors will slowly become available.

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Chrysler Group LLC has issued a recall of 867,795 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango sports utility vehicles to install a shield aimed at protecting brake boosters from water corrosion. The recall covers model years 2011 to 2014, which will be inspected and their boosters be replaced if necessary. The carmaker commenced a probe after customer lodged complaints over excessive brake-pedal firmness.

Chrysler said it has knowledge of one related accident and no injuries. Chrysler said that that certain vehicles have brake boosters with small crimp joints, which may corrode when exposed to water. The carmaker said that if water enters the boosters via corroded joints, brake function may be compromised if the water freezes.

According to a study released in March by financial advisory firm Stout Risius Ross Inc., there is a rise in recalls over safety issues related to a surge in new car models, increasingly complex technology and intensified regulatory inspection. Chrysler recalls for 2014 so far have involved potential defective headlamp components and brake-hoses.

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The reengineered 2014 Dodge Durango crossover will have a starting price of $30,790, including the $995 shipping fee – the same as the 2013 model.  The 2014 Durango is expected to be rolled out to dealerships at the end of the third quarter. It will feature a new transmission, revamped interior electronics as well as exterior lighting and styling.

It will also feature standard equipment which value is around $3,500 more than the 2013 model, Dodge said in a statement. The 2014 Dodge Durango will offer the eight-speed rear-wheel-drive transmission that is offered on the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The new gearbox is expected to enhance the Durango’s fuel economy up to 15 percent as well as improve its performance.

The crossover will feature Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system and a seven-inch customizable screen in the instrument cluster. Also coming as standard are projector fog lamps, Keyless Enter 'n Go with push-button start, projector headlamps, Bluetooth and LED-lit racetrack taillights. The new Durango will also feature a slimmer version of Dodge's split cross-hair grille and bright chrome or body-color accents.

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The all-new 2014 Dodge Durango was introduced today at the 2013 New York Auto Show and as expected, the new SUV received the class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission that improves fuel economy up to 9 percent.

Still, the addition of the standard eight-speed transmission is not the only upgrade as the 2014 Durango also offers 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 Durango will be available in five trim levels: SXT, Rallye, the new for 2014 Limited, R/T and Citadel. 

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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.

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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.

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Mopar Underground has designed a special Dodge Durango Tow Hook image vehicle that’s presently being displayed at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The Durango design is already sporty but it becomes even more stunning with the Tow Hook. This Durango is a standout at the show with its bright four-coat orange and satin-black color scheme that’s used outside as well as inside.

The exterior uses a muscle-car inspired four-coat orange paint scheme that gets a satin-black roof, fascia accents and hood graphics. The highlights include blacked-out lighting and a set of twin-spoke 22-inch-by- 9.5-inch forged Superalloy wheels covered in Pirelli tires.

The performance-boosting custom mandrel bent exhaust system with Corsa parts produce a unique tone. The exterior of the Dodge Durango Tow Hook is improved with a piano black split-crosshair grille.

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Dodge promises to turn our heads at this year’s SEMA Show as it will unveil the Durango Tow Hook prepared by Mopar Underground. The first visual impact with the car shows the vibrant four-coat orange and satin-black color scheme. Regarding the new body kit, the Dodge Durango Tow Hook features a new front lip spoiler, side sills as well as a rear lip spoiler, but also a piano black split-crosshair grille and a 25 mm reduced ride-height.

The design is completed by the 25 mm reduced ride-height Superalloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires. A custom mandrel bent featuring Corsa components increases performance and belts out an unforgettable tone.

The interior of the car features the same theme as the exterior and the vehicle features new Mopar components such as the Durango logo door sill guards, aluminum pedal kit and premium carpeted floor mats, perforated Mopar Katzkin leather seats and silver metal brush trim.

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This is the Ram 329 Quick Silver, a new masterpiece developed by Chrysler Group for this year’s SEMA Show. Based on the standard 2011 Ram R/T, the car is powered by a 392 HEMI V8 engine borrowed from the SRT lineup and mated to the R/T’s 4.10 gear set and a high-stall converter.

Moreover, for additional performance, the Ram 392 Quick Silver features a cold-air intake kit and headers featuring an electronic exhaust cutout for maximum power and sound at the track.

Furthermore, we find a cat-back dual exhaust system as well as a new Brembo brake kit with 15-inch vented rotors and bright silver six-piston calipers in the front and rear.

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Earlier this year, Chrysler Group introduced the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 but it appears that the American manufacturer is now considering a sporty version of the Dodge Durango. Yes folks, a 2013 Dodge Durango SRT8 is possible! The car would carry the same 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine found also on the other SRT8 models.

Of course, Chrysler didn’t comment regarding this report, but according to InsideLine, a source close to the project confirmed that fact that the Dodge Durango SRT8 is being seriously considered.

Still, there are some bad news: Chrysler is not satisfied by the sales of the 2011 Dodge Durango R/T, a sporty version of the current Durango powered by a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine delivering 370 hp. Apparently, Dodge sold 30,227 Durangos since March, but only 2,418 have been R/Ts.

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The 2011 Dodge Durango doesn’t just offer high quality and an impressive performance, it also scores high in safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named it as a Top Safety Pick. The IIHS makes the vehicles undergo front, side, rollover and rear crash test evaluations at the Vehicle Research Center in Virginia.

The IIHS then awards the vehicles that get the "good" rating. Testing is done only on units assembled after May 2011.

IIHS president Adrian Lund said that the Durango is the eighth vehicle from Chrysler to be given this honor. He said that the Durango offers buyers the best protection in the most common types of crashes. The Durango also features electronic stability control, which could make customers avoid crashes altogether.

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After the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 and the 2011 Challenger Green With Envy, Chrysler also unveiled at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show, the 2011 Dodge Durango Heat. As expected, the new Heat package was designed to complement the Durango R/T and offers a unique fascia with fog lamps, a color-matched grille and dark headlamp bezels.

Moreover, the Heat package includes wheel lips and rear fascia with integrated dual chrome exhaust outlets but also wheel lips and rear fascia with integrated dual chrome exhaust outlets. The exterior design is completed by the 20-inch Satin Carbon finished wheels but also by a 20-mm lower ride height.

Under the hood we find a fuel-efficient 3.6-liter V6 engine delivering 295 horsepower (216 kW) at 6,350 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. (353 Nm) of torque at 4,500 rpm, as well as a top speed of 130 mph.

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Chrysler announced that 200 units of the 2011 Dodge Durango were given to the representatives of about 150 dealerships, in a major driveaway event that took place at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit. The 2011 Dodge Durango was introduced in September 2010 and it is based on the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s platform.

The Durango has a starting price of $29,195. There will be two engine options: the 3.6l Pentastar V6 and the 5.7l Hemi V8.

These units use variable-valve timing (VVT) and are offered with all-wheel-drive. In a statement, Chrysler said that early dealer feedback has been “great” as loyal current owners are eager to rediscover the Durango.

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Dodge and Mopar announced that they are offering the “No-cost Maintenance Plus” plan, a 3-year or 36,000-mile maintenance plan designed to make lives easier and vehicle ownership hassle-free.

The plan, which has a retail value of $1,100, will offer benefits of 3 years or 36,000 miles, $0 deductible, oil, oil filter changes and lubrication (3-month/3,000-mile service intervals) and scheduled and recommended maintenance (6,000-mile intervals).

Furthermore, the plan will also include $35/day car rental allowance (car rental allowance for any overnight dealership mechanical repair, 5-day maximum per occurrence), $100 “Sign-and-go” towing and roadside assistance, and $1,000 trip interruption coverage.

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