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.