Dodge unveiled a new range of Durango special service vehicles designed for Police, fire department and fleet customers. Powered by either the 290-hp 3.6-liter V-6 engine or the 360 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, the Durango SS means business. It has a towing capability of 7,400-pound and can be had with all or rear-wheel-drive.
Other ‘special’ features include heavy-duty brake package, heavy-duty battery, larger-output 220-amp alternator and heavy-duty water pump and engine oil cooler. What’s more, has a customizable rear cargo area with under-floor storage compartments and additional storage in the side compartments, plus special service interior dome lamp and headliner, spot lamp wiring prep and the deletion of the third row of seats for more cargo capacity.
So it’s fair to say the Durango Special Service is capable and practical vehicle. Chrysler just needs to make sure they build the properly so they don’t break down in the middle of an important mission.
Despite being a workhorse, Durango takes care of its passenger with a flexible and premium interior, covered in soft-touch materials. It’s also an IIHS top safety pick and comes with 45 safety and security features, including standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), electronic roll mitigation (ERM), Hill-start Assist and standard Trailer-sway Control (TSC) to enhance off-road and towing capabilities. Other standard safety and security features include seat-mounted and side-curtain air bags in the front row.
Deliveries will begin in the second quarter of 2012.