Chrysler today released the first pictures and details of the all-new 2011 Dodge Durango. The car maintains its bold and kinda glitzy design with a huge chrome grille, big shiny wheels and really ugly back-end, but it’s become a much better car in terms of quality and functionality. This three-row SUV can seat up to seven people in comfort.
Dodge says the new Durango features spacious interior, and intelligent, fuel-efficient and powerful powertrain options, as well as stiffened unibody structure that offers premium driving performance combined with SUV capability and crossover versatility.
As for the engines, the standard powertrain is a fuel-efficient 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine while there’s also a powerful 5.7-liter HEMI engine with fuel-saving, Multi-displacement system (MDS) four-cylinder mode as option. Both engines feature variable-valve timing (VVT) and are available with all-wheel drive. In addition to great efficiency, the engines provide exceptional V-6 and V-8 towing capability with standard trailer sway control (V-8 – 7,400 lbs. and Best-in-class V-6 – 6,200 lbs.). When equipped with the HEMI® V-8, the all-new Durango can tow more weight than a 24-foot boat and trailer.
Chrysler cars have always had very cheap and rubbish interiors, but with the new Jeep Cherokee they showed they finally got the hang of it and learned how to make proper cabins with high quality materials and trims that won’t fall off! For the Durango the interior is so good that Dodge says it will make owners and their crews want to jump in, hunker down and thoroughly enjoy even the longest drive!
Durango’s interior is also extremely comfortable for all three rows of passengers, and there’s a surprising amount of interior flexibility. With 22 different seating configurations, there’s plenty of room to store and move plenty of people and their gear.
The all-new 2011 Dodge Durango also offers consumers 45 safety and security features, including standard front seat-mounted side air bags and standard side-curtain air bags that cover passengers in all three rows, as well as all-new standard active head restraints. Electronic Stability Control also is standard. Other available safety and security technologies include Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and Keyless Enter-n’ Go.
2011 Dodge Durango arrives in showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2010, detailed specs and pricing to be announced later.