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.
Durango is powered by a number of engine options, like the base 3.6-liter V-6 that enables it to tow up to 6,200 pounds, and the 5.7-liter V-8 that allows it to tow up to 7,400 pounds. The new Durango could be availed in five trim levels: SXT, Rallye, Limited, R/T and Citadel. Sales of Chrysler’s only three-row, all-wheel-drive surged 88 percent in July to 5,135 units, and 38 percent in the first seven months to 33,440 units.
The design team at Dodge proceeded to give the Durango an exterior that properly conveys its advanced nature, while making sure that it still as muscular and as confident as any vehicle from the brand.
Of course, the Durango has a face that is easily recognizable as a Dodge, as defined by a new, slimmer "split crosshair" grille with mesh textures distinct to each trim grade. This grille is flanked by redesigned projector-beam deeply browed headlamps on the sides and bordered by a raised front bumper below. The grille and the hood lend the Durango its forward-leaning profile, while the overall front end of the vehicle provides it with a more sinister appearance than its predecessor.
The Rallye and R/T versions of the Durango could feature a more monochromatic look, thanks to its body-color front and rear lower fascias as well as body colored wheel flares, grille and sill moldings. These packages also include dark-tinted headlamp bezels. In addition, the R/T version rides around 20 mm lower than a standard version, thereby making it look sportier with better driving dynamics.
Meanwhile, Rallye, Limited, RT and Citadel versions of the 2014 Dodge Durango feature LED daytime running lamps that run horizontally along the bottom edge of the headlamps, thereby forming a distinct "hockey-stick" shape. Bi-xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps are standard on R/T and Citadel, turning the night into day. Auto-leveling technology adjusts headlight beam aim for slight changes in elevation.