200 units of the 2011 Dodge Durango reach their dealerships

Article by Christian A., on January 16, 2011

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.

Chrysler said that the original right-sized three-row SUV has been “reborn” with a remarkable design and a performance-tuned suspension. It’s also no understatement that the new Durango is safe.

In fact, it’s one of the safest models in years, installed with 45 safety systems, including airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and Keyless Enter-n' Go.

The car takes inspiration from the new Grand Cherokee, including the interior. We’ll know soon enough if customers will perceive the car as a slightly revised and rebadged Jeep model. Production of the 2011 Dodge Durango began in December 2010 at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) in Detroit.

All-new for the 2011 model year, the Dodge Durango offers world-class levels of performance and suspension. It is capable of delivering superb on-road performance while being as flexible as a three-row sports utility vehicle.

Dodge benchmarked the new Durango against premium performance SUVs available in the market, allowing it to deliver contemporary levels of refinement. Moreover, its electronics, suspension and structural attributes are typically found on higher-priced vehicles.

Built from select high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels (52 percent), the unibody structure of the new Dodge Durango boasts of improved driving dynamics. This was achieved by integrating the suspension with the body, thereby reducing the levels of flex compared to a body-on-frame design. In addition, the torsional stiffness of the new Durango is greater than that of the Mercedes-Benz GL, thanks to over 5,500 welds and more than 4,100 mm of arc welding.

To enhance on-road handling and comfort, the all-new short/long arm front suspension and isolated multi-link rear suspension systems of the all-new Dodge Durango have isolated front and rear cradles. The Durango can be better handle body roll during hard-turning maneuvers thanks to aggressive shock and spring rates as well as large sway bars. The new Durango can be specified with the available electro-hydraulic performance steering system, which along with the standard electronic stability control allows for greater tire grip and vehicle stability.

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