The current Durango uses the same platform as the Grand Cherokee and reports suggest that it will be same with the 2017 Dodge Durango that will come as a redesigned model. Compared to Cherokee it is slightly longer, and it has a suspension system specifically tuned for the road. This makes it pretty much useless in off-road conditions, but that’s fine because most of its buyers never go off-road anyway.
The currently available version was introduced in 2014, and it is time for redesign as there are a lot of rumors about a future car. However, once Jeep announced that they will make the Wagoneer as a seven-seat crossover, many lost hope for a future Durango, and we could even hear the rumors that it could be dropped from the lineup. Well, do not despair because it seems that a new model is likely going to be made but instead of being based on the same platform as the Grand Cherokee and offer the same features as the Jeep corporate brother, the new Durango could, and it most likely will, be based on a unibody design and sold as a seven seats MPV-like crossover.
2017 Dodge Durango Release Date
This will bring the car very close to the Explorer or the Highlander, and it could mean that the Durango will become quite a bit better than the current offer which was already one of the top options in its class. The release date is still unknown, but we expect at least a prototype to be shown during the summer while a production model could likely be released sometime at the end of 2016 or early 2017. The price should remain similar to that of the ongoing model which will start at roughly $32,000, and it will go up from there.
Being based on a chassis that is also modified and used for few cars in lineup, most likely the same platform that underpins the Chrysler 200 or the upcoming Chrysler MPV, the new Durango will feature a transverse-mounted front engine. This means that it will no longer offer large V8 engines or even an SUV-based four-wheel drive system. Instead, the new Durango will likely come on the market with two different engines and in order to differentiate it from its close siblings, it should also boast a four-wheel drive system as standard as well as a newly developed nine-speed automatic gearbox.
The base engine that will be fitted to the car is expected to be a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4 unit which will provide over 290 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque, very close to the old V6. Further up the range, the car will likely benefit from Maserati’s 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6, which has been rumored to come in the US on a few of FCA’s models. The one in the Durango could develop anything between 330 and 430 horsepower and more than 400 lb-ft of torque, basically giving it more towing power and better fuel efficiency than the old V8.
Regarding design, there are still a lot of unknown factors at this point but if the rumors are true, and the 2017 Dodge Durango will take the form of a car-based crossover, expect it to be slightly shorter in height. However, the length, as well as the width, would likely be the same as before, so the lower roof will allow them to build a more aerodynamic car than before which will improve its fuel consumption as well as enable it to make less noise while driving.
Inside the cabin, the new Durango should still offer up to seven seats but this time around, thanks to the new chassis, there will be more headroom and legroom in all the three rows and the ride should be a lot more comfortable thanks to its new suspension system. Also, with changes that are prepared the car will likely benefit from minivan-like features such as an intercom feature, a better climate control unit as well as an easier to access trunk.
SRT, RT, Citadel
Just like with the previous year model we are getting SXT trim as a base. Those that want more can opt for Limited, Citadel, and RT versions. The biggest change in the lineup could be the delivery of more powerful SRT version. This one also should be the most expensive vehicle in the 2017 Dodge Durango lineup with most equipment and longest features list.