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Spy Shots: 2012 Dodge Durango/Magnum caught testing near Chrysler HQ

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Spy Shots: 2012 Dodge Durango/Magnum caught testing near Chrysler HQ

by Steven J. Ewing (RSS feed) on Jun 9th 2010 at 7:58PM

Just as Chrysler puts the finishing touches on the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, our spies have captured its platform mate, the 2012 Dodge Durango/Magnum (we still aren't sure what the final name will be), out testing near the company's Auburn Hills, Michigan headquarters. Not much has changed since the last time the new Dodge crossover was spied, but seeing the prototype running around near Chrysler HQ means that more of the swirly camouflage could be coming off in the next few months.

When the new Durango/Magnum officially launches next year, expect it to be available with Chrysler's new 3.6-liter V6 and possibly a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 (much like the new Jeep). The front end looks similar to that of the Ram pickup, and since the Ram brand has been spun off to house Dodge's truck offerings, don't be shocked if the new Durango falls under that umbrella. If development and testing continue at a steady pace, we'll likely get to see the finished product at either the 2010 Los Angeles or 2011 Detroit Auto Show.



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Spinning the Ram pickup off as its own brand has made a mess of things. If the new Charger is any indication, Dodge cars will still have the crosshair grille and Ram's head logo.

And this new Suevee will be, more than likely, a Ram and not a Dodge. (At least I hope FIAT-ChryCo has enough sense to do that.) If so, "Ram Durango" sounds sort of awkward and "Ram Magnum" sounds like someone snipped the two words out of a porn magazine found in an Auburn Hills bathroom.

Here's a thought, so bear with me all you closed-minded people out there: how about we call the Ram a Dodge and this thing a Dodge Ramcharger and call it a day?

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