Dodge announced the launch of its new Durango Special Service Vehicle, a multi-purpose SUV designed police, fire and general fleet customers. The highlight of this model is added unique heavy-duty components to handle extreme use, extra-long life and enhanced utility, which makes it suitable for its intended roles.
Mechanically, the 2014 Dodge Durango Special Service Vehicle is powered by the best engine/transmission combo Chrysler has to offer: the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine paired with the new standard eight-speed transmission. It makes 290 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, has a towing capability of 6,200 pounds, and yet returns 25 mpg, which means you can cover a distance of 600 miles between fill-ups.
A 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque HEMI V8 with a best-in-class tow rating of 7,400 pounds is also available, which does 23 mpg.
Modifications made to the vehicle to make it ready for fleet use include a heavy-duty brake package, heavy-duty battery, larger-output 220-amp alternator, heavy-duty water pump and engine oil cooler and a load leveling suspension. It also features a customizable rear cargo area with under-floor storage compartments and additional storage in the side compartment.
The safety features and luxury amenities are carried over from the standard Dodge Durango. But there are some options to be specified if needed, including a Skid Plate Group for all-wheel drive models, ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera, a Trailer Tow Group, Engine Block Heater and Uconnect Access Via Mobile capability.