|Manufacturer||Chrysler Corporation (1998)
DaimlerChrysler AG (1998–2007)
Chrysler LLC (2007–2009)
Chrysler Group LLC (2009-present)
Dodge Journey (Europe)
|Successor||Jeep Grand Wagoneer (2014)|
|Class||Mid-size SUV (1998–2003)
Full-size SUV (2004–present)
|Body style||4-door SUV|
|Layout||Front engine, rear-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive|
The Dodge Durango is a sport utility vehicle (SUV) produced by the Dodge division of Chrysler. The first two generations were very similar in that both were based on the Dodge Dakota, both featured a body-on-frame construction and both were produced at the Newark Assembly plant in Newark, Delaware. However, they did differ in that the first generation was classified as a mid-size SUV while, the second generation was classified as a full-size SUV.
The third generation Durango however is built on the same platform as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, features unibody construction and is currently being assembled at the Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit, Michigan. However, it does retain the previous generation's classification as a full-size SUV.
First generation (1998–2003)
|Assembly||Newark, Delaware, United States (Newark Assembly)|
|Platform||Chrysler DN platform|
|Engine||3.9 L (238 cu in) Magnum V6
4.7 L (287 cu in) PowerTech V8
5.2 L (318 cu in) Magnum V8
5.9 L (360 cu in) Magnum V8
|Transmission||RFE automatic (2003 w/4.7L engine)|
|Wheelbase||116.2 in (2,950 mm)|
|Length||193.5 in (4,910 mm) (2001–2003)
193.3 in (4,910 mm) (1998–2000)
|Width||71.5 in (1,820 mm) (1998–2000)
71.3 in (1,810 mm) (2001–2003)
|Height||70.0 in (1,780 mm) (2001–2003)
72.9 in (1,850 mm) (1998–2000)
|Curb weight||4,500 pounds (2,000 kg) (1998–2000)
4,520 lb (2,050 kg) (2001–2003)
The Durango was marketed as a sturdy truck-based SUV designed to hold up to eight passengers and tow up to 8,950 lb (4,060 kg) when properly equipped. The 4.7 L PowerTech V8 replaced the 5.2 L Magnum V8 engine for 2000; however, the 5.2 was still available in the early 2000 models. In that same year a special AWD performance version called the R/T was released with a 5.9 L Magnum V8. In 1999 and 2000, a limited edition Shelby S.P.360 version was offered that featured a supercharged version of the 5.9 L Magnum V8 engine. Output is 360 hp (270 kW; 360 PS) and 412 lb·ft (559 N·m) of torque. Exterior modifications include unique wheels, tires, suspension, and bumpers. It came standard with Viper blue paint with two racing stripes down the center of the truck. It boasted a 0 to 60 mph time of 7.1 seconds. The top speed was 142 mph (229 km/h).
1998: First model year for Durango, available only in 4WD.
1999: The Durango was made available with 2WD. A 3.9L Magnum V6 engine was available, however few were sold. Minor changes were made for the 2nd year, two new paint colors and notable options available including 6 in × 9 in (150 mm × 230 mm) heated rear view mirrors and steering wheel-mounted radio controls. Leather seats became standard on SLT Plus models, and body-color wheel flares became standard on SLT Plus and 4WD Models.
2000: The new 4.7 L PowerTech V8 engine replaced the 5.2 L Magnum V8 as the standard engine for 4WD models. The 3.9L Magnum V6 engine was no longer available, leaving only V8s for the rest of the production run. The high performance Durango R/T came equipped with a performance tuned 5.9 L Magnum V8 and AWD.
2001: Dodge focused on interior upgrades as Durango's interior trim panels, dash mounted controls, instrument panel, overhead console, and steering wheel were all redesigned. The transfer case selector on 4X4 models changed from a manual lever on the console to a switch on the dash. The instrument cluster was updated and an electronic vehicle information center (EVIC) was incorporated into the overhead console. For improved rear passenger comfort, a dual-zone climate control system was added as standard equipment. Sound systems were improved on all models and now came standard with SX speakers. Other minor changes include door panels, revised seats, aluminium wheels, and minor changes to trim options.
2002: The new SXT version of the Durango was offered as the entry-level trim package. Optional side curtain airbags were added for safety.
2003: Durango featured minor mechanical changes, most notable was the addition of 4-wheel disc brakes.
- 1998–2003 - SLT
- 1998–2003 - SLT PLUS
- 1999–2000 - S.P. 360
- 2000–2003 - Sport
- 2001–2003 - SXT
- 1999–2003 - R/T.
- 1998–2000 — 5.2 L (318 cu in) Magnum V8, 230 hp (170 kW) & 300 lb-ft (410 N-M) of torque
- 1999 — 3.9 L (238 cu in) Magnum V6, 175 hp (130 kW) & 225 lb·ft (305 N·m) of torque
- 1998–2003 — 5.9 L (360 cu in) Magnum V8, 245 hp (183 kW) & 330 lb·ft (449 N·m) of torque
- 2000–2003 — 5.9 L (360 cu in) Magnum V8, 250 hp (190 kW) & 345 lb·ft (469 N·m) of torque
- 1999–2000 — 5.9 L (360 cu in) Supercharged Magnum V8, 360 hp (270 kW) & 412 lb·ft (559 N·m) of torque
- 2000–2003 — 4.7 L (287 cu in) PowerTech V8, 235 hp (175 kW) & 295 lb·ft (400 N·m) of torque
Second generation (2004–2009)
|Assembly||Newark, Delaware, United States (Newark Assembly)|
|Engine||3.7 L (226 cu in) PowerTech V6
4.7 L (287 cu in) PowerTech V8
5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi V8
|Transmission||4-speed 42RLE automatic
5-speed 545RFE automatic
|Wheelbase||119.2 in (3,030 mm)|
|Length||200.8 in (5,100 mm)
Hybrid: 202.1 in (5,130 mm)
|Width||76.0 in (1,930 mm)|
|Height||74.3 in (1,890 mm)
Hybrid: 73.6 in (1,870 mm)
The second generation Durango was first shown as a concept dubbed Dodge Durango R/T concept at the 2003 Detroit Auto Show. It debuted shortly before the companion Dakota. Like the Dakota, it has much in common with the large Dodge Ram pickup, including a fully boxed frame. It is 7 in (180 mm) longer, 2 in (51 mm) wider, and 3 in (76 mm) taller than the previous model. It also offered a third row bench with three seats, giving it an eight-seat capacity. The design took its styling primarily from the Dodge Powerbox concept, which was itself based on the 1999 Dodge Power Wagon Concept, and the 2003 Durango R/T concept.
Debuting for 2004 was a new coil-spring rear suspension and a solid rear axle. A Watt linkage system is fitted to the rear axle, centering the axle and reducing rear-end skate over rough surfaces, and allowing a lower and wider cargo floor.
The 2007 model was reworked to halt a sales decline, debuting at the Dallas Auto Show in April 2006. It featured a redesigned grille, hood, headlamps, fenders and wheels. New features included electronic stability control, a tire pressure monitoring system, rear park assist, and a one-touch turn signal. The 2007 model also featured a reworked floor and an electrical system in preparation for the 2009 hybrid version.
In 2007, Chrysler introduced its own version of the Durango, called the Chrysler Aspen.
In October 2008, as demand for full-size SUVs fell off, Chrysler announced that the shutdown of the Newark Assembly facility, which produced the Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen, would be moved up to the end of 2008, effectively ending production of the Durango and Durango Hybrid for the 2009 model year.
Chrysler started to build the Dodge Durango Hybrid 2009 in fall 2008, featuring the 340 hp (250 kW) 5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi engine with MDS as well as the new Two-Mode Hybrid system developed with General Motors and BMW. The manufacturer claimed an almost 25% gain in overall fuel economy and an almost 40% gain in the city. EPA testing on the Hybrid Durango with the Hemi V8 engine indicates fuel mileage to be about 20 miles per US gallon (12 L/100 km; 24 mpg-imp) (city) and 22 mpg-US (11 L/100 km; 26 mpg-imp) (highway) for 2009 model. The normal (non-hybrid) Durango with the 5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi and 4WD gets 13 mpg-US (18 L/100 km; 16 mpg-imp) (city) and 19 mpg-US (12 L/100 km; 23 mpg-imp) (highway).
The 2009 Dodge Durango Hybrid had a starting MSRP of $45,340. Production of the hybrid models (including the Chrysler Aspen Hybrid as well) began on August 22, 2008. The hybrid became available at dealerships in early October, the same month Chrysler announced the termination of its production. It was one of the shortest-lived model from a major automaker in modern times. Chrysler received approximately 3,000 pre-orders for both models from dealers. It was uncertain if the automaker filled those orders. By early November 2008, 400 of the hybrid SUVs, including Chrysler Aspen, had already been built.
- SXT 2004–2009
- SLT 2004–2009
- SLT Plus 2004–2009
- Night Runner 2005–2007
- Limited 2004–2009
- Adventurer 2005–2008
- 2004–2009 - 3.7 L (226 cu in) PowerTech V6, 210 hp (160 kW) at 5200 rpm and 235 lb·ft (319 N·m) at 4000 rpm
- 2004–2007 - 4.7 L (287 cu in) PowerTech V8, 235 hp (175 kW) at 4500 rpm and 300 lb·ft (407 N·m) at 3600 rpm
- 2004–2009 - 5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi V8, 335 hp (250 kW) at 5200 rpm and 370 lb·ft (502 N·m) at 4200 rpm (MDS equipped for 2006+ 5.7 L engines for improved fuel mileage)
- 2008–2009 - 4.7 L (287 cu in) PowerTech V8, 303 hp (226 kW) at 5,650 rpm and 330 lb·ft (447 N·m) at 3,950 rpm
Third generation (2011–2016)
|Assembly||Detroit, Michigan, United States (Jefferson North Assembly)|
|Engine||3.6 L Pentastar V6
5.7 L Hemi V8
|Transmission||5-speed W5A580 automatic
5-speed 545RFE automatic
6-speed 65RFE automatic
8-speed 845RE automatic(2014-)
|Wheelbase||119.9 in (3,045 mm)|
|Length||199.8 in (5,075 mm)|
|Width||75.8 in (1,925 mm)|
|Height||70.9 in (1,801 mm)|
Jeep Grand Cherokee (WK2)
On August 16, 2010, Dodge released an Internet site and teaser photos of the third generation of Dodge Durango. The new Durango is built alongside of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee at the Jefferson Ave. Assembly Plant in Detroit, Michigan. The new Durango shares not only the assembly line with the Grand Cherokee, but also the running gear, powertrains, and chassis parts. The new Durango features two engines. The base engine is a new 3.6-liter V6 engine producing 290 hp (220 kW; 290 PS) and 260 lb·ft (350 N·m) of torque at 4,800 rpm; 90% of peak torque is available from 1,600 to 6,400 rpm. The Pentastar V6 is attached to the Mercedes W5A580 five-speed automatic, with Chrysler's controls and the driver-interactive control. The 5.7 L Hemi VVT V8 returns with 360 hp (270 kW; 360 PS) and 390 lb·ft (530 N·m) of torque, which features the 545RFE 5-speed automatic. The HEMI V8 also comes with a "fuel-saver"(cylinder deactivation) mode. This feature is primarily used when the vehicle is cruising at constant speeds on level ground.
The wheelbase of the new Durango is longer than that of the Grand Cherokee. It features three rows of seating compared to the Grand Cherokee's two rows.
The 2011 Dodge Durango entered production on December 14, 2010, alongside the second generation Charger in the 2011 vehicle lineup. It went on sale for general dealership availability in mid-January 2011.
2014 Dodge Durango
Dodge unveiled a revised Durango at the 2013 New York Auto Show. Outside, it will feature sportier-looking lines, as well as a new design trim similar to Rallye, with blackened plastic bumper and outline. It also features a new LED taillight cluster closely resembling the style of the 2011 and newer Dodge Charger. Inside, it will feature a new steering wheel.
|Model||Engine||Displacement||Power @ rpm||Torque @ rpm||Years||Note|
|Express||3.6 V6 Pentastar||3,604 cc (219.9 cu in)||290 hp (220 kW; 290 PS) @ 6400 rpm||350 N·m (260 lb·ft) @4800 rpm||2011–|
|Crew||2011–||option 5.7 V8 HEMI|
|CrewLux||2011–||option 5.7 V8 HEMI|
|Citadel||2011–||option 5.7 V8 HEMI|
|R/T||5.7 V8 HEMI||5,654 cc (345.0 cu in)||360 hp (270 kW; 360 PS) @ 5150 rpm||530 N·m (390 lb·ft) @4250 rpm||2011–||MDS|
Total American sales
|Calendar Year||US Sales|
On August 16, 2012, Chrysler recalled 1,661 2013-model Dodge Durango sport utility vehicles in the United States and Canada because some airbags may not deploy in an accident. The recall affects 1,449 of the seven-passenger versions of the SUVs in the United States and 212 in Canada and other markets.
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