Chrysler hasn’t exactly been very successful in the last few years, and now, after a shameful bailout and under the new ownership of Italian car maker Fiat, the American car maker is trying once again to get back on its feet and rightfully duke it out with its main US competitors, Ford and General Motors.
In order to do so, a wide array of new models have arrived or are scheduled to launched in the following months. We’ve already seen the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, as well as the refreshed Jeep Wrangler, and new versions of existing models are being planned as we speak. Now though, Chrysler is sharing some love with the Dodge brand, and has launched a brand new SUV.
The 2011 Dodge Durango is the company’s newest attempt at capturing the SUV market that has become all-important in the USA. It packs not only a pretty attractive design, but also a new platform, as seen on the new Jeep Grand Cherokee, three rows of seats, in order to give it an edge against the likes of the 2011 Ford Explorer, and improved engines, in order to appeal both to those who want efficiency, as well as those who demand performance.
All of these upgrades make the new Dodge Durango “a vehicle that delivers premium driving performance combined with SUV capability and crossover versatility.”
First off, let’s start with the engine lineup. Customers will be able to opt for the either the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, or a 5.7-liter HEMI V8, with the multi-displacement system, that allows it to run in a more efficient four-cylinder mode. Both engines can be had with either front- or all-wheel drive. Seeing as how the Durango is an SUV, Dodge also boasts the impressive towing figures. The V6 offers a best-in-class 6,200 pounds rating, while the V8 can haul 7,400 pounds.
The interior of the Durango has also seen a lot of work, with Chrysler designers working that same magic as previously seen on the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The company boasts upgraded materials that are soft to the touch, while all of the trim levels will be catered with quality options. The three rows of seats promise plenty of space for everyone, and comfortable rides.
Dodge is also betting big on the safety features of the new Durango, including new types of airbags, located in various places and designed to protect all three rows of seats, Electronic Stability Control and Trailer Sway Control. Other systems design to keep you safe include the Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and Keyless Enter-n’ Go.
On the outside, the new Dodge Durango looks thoroughly impressive, and highlights the new look that future Dodge models will sport. It’s also the first model to get the revised Dodge logo, as the previous ram head is now strictly reserved for the Ram pickup truck brand.
Refreshed and other all-new Dodge models are also set to arrive soon enough, including a revised Avenger, which will be accompanied by its twin brother, the Chrysler Sebring. The Dodge Charger muscle car also promises new features for its own 2011 model year, but it has yet to be revealed officially, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
The 2011 Dodge Durango will be built by Chrysler at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, Michigan. The upmarket SUV will be arriving in showrooms at the end of the year, but you might want to place orders soon enough. Pricing has yet to be revealed, but you can expect Chrysler to place the new Durango in the same range as other SUVs like the new 2011 Ford Explorer.