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New Durango Next Year

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NOS2006    11
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The Dodge Durango officially ended production in December when Chrysler closed the doors of the SUV’s Newark, Delaware production facility, but the Durango nameplate isn’t riding off into the sunset just yet. According to Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli, an all-new Dodge Durango is waiting in the wings.

In a letter sent out to Chrysler employees last week, Nardelli confirmed that a new Dodge Durango is in the works. This is the first time Chrysler has commented on the fate of the Durango since closing the Newark plant late last year.

The new Durango – which is set to hit the market next year – will be based on the same platform as the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee. As such, the Durango will be built alongside the Grand Cherokee at Chrysler’s Jefferson Avenue North plant just outside of Detroit, according to Automotive News.

Although the Durango is getting a new lease on life, Chrysler has no plans on reviving its closest sibling, the Chrysler Aspen.

Nardelli also confirmed new versions of the automaker’s popular Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger were on the way, but failed to give a launch date for the new vehicles. However, insiders say both vehicles are primed for a late 2010 reveal.

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Intrepidation    848

Known about this for a while now. Chrysler needs to offer something in this segment, and a Durango more along the size of the original is definitely a wise decision.

Now get to work on Project D and those small cars...and my 200C.

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RoadmaSSter    0
I prefer the MCE to the original of this generation. I like the first gen Durango best though.

+1. It will be interesting to see how the new one turns out being based on the ML-class, etc. I'm anxious to see the styling of both the Durango and the Jeep.

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smk4565    350

It will be like the Libery-Nitro clones, but with Grand Cherokee and Durango. And body on frame SUVs aren't going to save Chrysler.

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Intrepidation    848
It will be like the Libery-Nitro clones, but with Grand Cherokee and Durango. And body on frame SUVs aren't going to save Chrysler.

No $h! Sherlock they won't save Chrysler, but they were due for replacement. This will be platform sharing...think more along the lines of Acadia VS Enclave not rebadges like Colorado VS Canyon.

They won't be unibody?

It will be Unibody.

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RoadmaSSter    0
No $h! Sherlock they won't save Chrysler, but they were due for replacement. This will be platform sharing...think more along the lines of Acadia VS Enclave not rebadges like Colorado VS Canyon.

Exactly.

It will be Unibody.

I know, I was just surprised by the BOF comment. :P

Edited by RoadmaSSter

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Intrepidation    848
I hought no one cared about SUVs anymore...

There is still a market for them, it's just smaller. That's why the Aspen was killed off. Chrysler will have 2 mid-size SUVs, the Nitro (which will be Discontinued, the Liberty, and the Commander (which is also being discontinued.

How many does GM have again? Or Toyota for that matter?

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Croc    268

With their inventories the way they are, they could take the Durango out of production for 2 years and still have an ample lot supply.

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Satty    338
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daves87rs    349
There is still a market for them, it's just smaller. That's why the Aspen was killed off. Chrysler will have 2 mid-size SUVs, the Nitro (which will be Discontinued, the Liberty, and the Commander (which is also being discontinued.

How many does GM have again? Or Toyota for that matter?

Not for long.....

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There is still a market for them, it's just smaller. That's why the Aspen was killed off. Chrysler will have 2 mid-size SUVs, the Nitro (which will be Discontinued, the Liberty, and the Commander (which is also being discontinued.

How many does GM have again? Or Toyota for that matter?

1 midsize SUV left from GM, 4 midsize CUVs, 4 fullsize CUVs, 10 fullsize SUVs....seems like too many. But they cut 5 or so more midsize SUV models in the last few years (GMT360s)..

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