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.
The result is basically what you’d expect. Moreover, there’s a trend going on for sport utility trucks with crossover bodyworks. See what Honda did recently with their 2017 Ridgeline pickup? How about the Santa Cruz pickup concept that Hyundai is seriously pining for? These are just a few examples of “crossovers with truck beds” that we will be seeing on the roads within the next few years--- Clearly not the typical roofed wagons we see around these days.
If, by any chance Chrysler wants to join the new league of high performance pickups, they can simply make use of the SRT specs on the Dodge Durango SRT. We bet it will be among the ranks of the much-awaited Ford Ranger, the GMC Canyon or the all-new Chevrolet Colorado. The same applies in case one day there’ll be an all-new “Dakota SRT” or say, a “Dodge Durango SRT pickup”.
Chrysler, as we know, has just upped the standards of their latest full-size SUV with the new 500hp Dodge Durango SRT. The SRT variant is indeed the most powerful and fastest three-row SUV at the moment--- beating every sport utility vehicle down the line including the new Chevrolet Tahoe wagon. Until then, we can only wish for a new Dodge truck to come along --- something with such highly promising performance specs to boot wouldn’t be so bad either.