The Dodge Durango has been around for quite some time and even though it hasn’t been the best selling or even the best looking SUV it certainly managed to get a lot of attention thanks to a very tough looking body and a conventional body on frame construction. The current model on the other hand is almost nothing like that, with a similar construction to a minivan rather than a truck. It is going to be replaced with the 2016 Dodge Durango, a completely new SUV which is likely to feature a new platform, better engines as well as a more upmarket exterior.
This vehicle might be released in the beginning of 2016th while a production model might be ready by the end of the year. The base price won’t change all that much so it might start at around $31,000 while the top end model will go for more than $55,000 which is a bit much but still acceptable for any medium to full size SUV. As far as its platform goes, it will most likely share it with the next generation Maserati crossover, meaning it might be a lot sportier than it previously was. This new platform might also mean that it will lose quite a bit of weight, plus, there is a possibility to get new engine lineup. Unfortunately though, Dodge hasn’t released anything official about this so far.
2016 Dodge Durango Release Date
Engine wise, the 2016 Dodge Durango is likely going to mix some old and new technology under its hood. The base engine is likely going to be a 3.6 liter naturally aspirated V6 which will be carried over from the current generation. However, it is very possible for it to get a power boost to around 310 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque which would be quite impressive for a naturally aspirated V6. The higher end models on the other hand are likely going to discard the current 5.7 liter V8 which even though it is quite powerful, it isn’t exactly the most fuel efficient mills. In its place Dodge is likely going to introduce on the car a new 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged V6 which would offer more at 420 horsepower and more than 450 lb-ft of torque as well as a much better fuel consumption. We also need to add that there are mentions about the diesel powertrain but at this point this has not been confirmed.
All of these are going to make use of Chrysler’s new 8 speed automatic which will send all of the engine’s power to the rear wheels as standard. An all-wheel drive system is also going to be available on all the models and this option is available even for the SXT base version. With few tweaks to transmission and engines we will be getting improvements to both fuel economy and performances. Another benefit of these changes is smoother ride with seamless gear changes, even better than before.
On the interior the base layout of the Durango is likely going to be kept but all the materials as well as the general equipment level is going to increase quite nicely. As standard it will come with leather upholstery, a nice 7 inch infotainment center with a very good audio system, dual zone automatic climate control and the most important aspect about it, seven fully capable seats. Options are likely going to include a navigation system, electric front and middle row seats, a dual-electric sunroof as well as a rear infotainment system.
The exterior of the 2016 Dodge Durango on the other hand is going to change dramatically over the current model mostly because it will be a joint venture between two companies. In fact, we expect it to be lower, wider and also slightly shorter than the current generation. These proportions are going to make it more stable around corners as well as better suited for high speed highway driving. Unfortunately though, the already quite poor off-road performance will take a more serious hit, so the Durango might lose it completely.
If you are on the market and looking for a decently equipped SUV you need to take a closer look at the 2016 Dodge Durango and what it has to offer. Base price makes it affordable at about $31,000 but higher trim with more features can be quite expensive but still competitive. With diesel option in rumors this could be another advantage for this new model.