Chrysler is done with the little teaser images – the 2011 Dodge Durango has been fully unveiled. At least if you want to see the outside, that is. It looks like a Dodge Ram and a Chevy Tahoe got together and had a baby. If that sounds awkward, it shouldn’t – this is one good looking SUV / CUV / thingie.
That’s right, the 2011 Durango rides on the same platform as the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee – a car based unibody platform. Buyers are welcoming the switch these days – most folks are past the delusion of off-roading in their grocerymobile. With the improvements in ride quality and fuel economy, I can understand why.
Under the hood are the same choices as the Grand Cherokee – a 3.6 liter V6 and 5.7 liter HEMI V8. Fuel economy ratings haven’t been announced yet, but low 20’s on the highway is a lock. It won’t challenge your Prius, but it sure blows away the current Durango.
Just because this Durango is nicer and more efficient doesn’t mean that you can’t still tow your boat. Towing capacity is 6200 lbs with the V6, and 7400 lbs for the V8. In other words, more than enough for just about anyone.
If this looks like your cup of tea, you just need a little bit more patience. 2011 Durango’s should start hitting dealers lots before the end of the year.
P.S. Don’t forget, this CUV has a third row and seats up to 7, unlike the 2011 Grand Cherokee, which maxes out at 5 passengers.
2011 Dodge Durango Gallery