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2011 Dodge Durango unveiled

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Sep 2nd 2010 at 9:53AM

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Chrysler has just pulled back the curtain on the 2011 Dodge Durango, and the newest iteration of the Auburn Hills brawler looks to have all of the bones it needs to be competitive in one of the industry's most crowded segments. For next year, the vehicle will ride on a new unibody platform wrapped in freshly-minted sheetmetal. More importantly for those looking to ferry their brood about town, it will also boast a full three rows of seating. Under the hood, buyers can look forward to picking between the company's new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 or a 5.7-liter V8 with 6,200- and 7,800-pounds of towing capacity, respectively. All-wheel drive is available with both power plants.

Chrysler hasn't provided any fuel-economy estimates just yet.

The interior was worked over by the same gurus responsible for the superb, hide-lined cabins in the Dodge Ram and Jeep Grand Cherokee, and judging by the one teaser photo the company released this morning, it looks like a fine place to whittle away the miles. There look to be a host of smaller, but equally important changes onboard the Durango as well, including an all-new Dodge emblem on the steering wheel. If you were waiting to see what the face of the new Chrysler would look like, search no more. It's here. Look for the Durango to hit dealer lots by late this year.

Hit the jump for the full press blast after checking out our high-res gallery below

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http://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/02/2011-dodge-durango-unveiled/

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Dodge Brand Product Onslaught Begins: Introducing the All-new 2011 Dodge Durango, the Performance SUV with a Soul

September 2, 2010 , Auburn Hills, Mich. –

Buckle in and hold tight. Dodge is jumping back into the sport utility (SUV) segment with the 2011 Dodge Durango, a three-row vehicle spacious enough to carry the entire crew and performance-tuned to thrill anyone who truly loves to drive. Durango will lead the Dodge brand's new product onslaught for 2011.

From its sleek exterior design to its modern, spacious interior, and intelligent, fuel-efficient and powerful powertrain options, the 2011 Dodge Durango is all-new from the inside out. And the changes are more than skin deep. The Durango's stiffened unibody structure is engineered with the driving enthusiast in mind. The end result is a vehicle that delivers premium driving performance combined with SUV capability and crossover versatility.

The all-new Durango features two engine options: the standard fuel-efficient 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and the available 5.7-liter HEMI engine with fuel-saving, Multi-displacement system (MDS) four-cylinder mode. Both engines feature variable-valve timing (VVT) and are available with all-wheel drive. In addition to great efficiency, the engines provide exceptional V-6 and V-8 towing capability with standard trailer sway control (V-8 - 7,400 lbs. and Best-in-class V-6 – 6,200 lbs.). When equipped with the HEMI® V-8, the all-new Durango can tow more weight than a 24-foot boat and trailer.

The Durango's all-new interior is a surprise owners always deserved but never expected. Created by the same interior design studio that designed the much-lauded interior in the Ram trucks and the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Durango's luxurious interior materials and thoughtful touches will make owners and their crews want to jump in, hunker down and thoroughly enjoy even the longest drive. Everywhere they touch, Durango passengers will feel materials that are refined and soft to the touch. Not only is it a pleasure to behold, it is extremely functional and gives owners a first-class experience, regardless of the trim level. Durango's interior is also extremely comfortable for all three rows of passengers, and there's a surprising amount of interior flexibility. With 22 different seating configurations, there's plenty of room to store and move plenty of people and their gear.

The all-new 2011 Dodge Durango also offers consumers 45 safety and security features, including standard front seat-mounted side air bags and standard side-curtain air bags that cover passengers in all three rows, as well as all-new standard active head restraints. Electronic Stability Control also is standard. Other available safety and security technologies include Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and Keyless Enter-n' Go.

The best part is, consumers will get all of the all-new Durango's capability, functionality and flexibility and still get excellent fuel efficiency. In fact, drivers can go more than 500 miles, that's the distance from San Diego to San Francisco or from Detroit to New York City, without having to stop for fuel.

Built at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, Mich., the new 2011 Dodge Durango arrives in showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2010.

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Wow, that is extremely sharp looking. I love it!

Really like the chrome crosshair over the chrome grill, and how the greenhouse follows the wheel flair. I like what they've done with the crosshair as well, blacking out the center portion. It sort of mimics Dodge's new logo. Looks great in black.

Can't wait to see the interior.

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I really like all of it. I wish the tail lights were a bit more unique... but that's a minor quibble that doesn't detract from the overall package.

It's much more handsome than the already handsome Grand Cherokee

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Sweet Enclave wheel arches. It's not bad, but I don't really give a crap about SUVs.

Heh, I noticed that too. Still, it looks good.

Where are the interior shots? Hmmm...must say, what little I can see of the switches from the one close-up of the steering wheel, they look cheap. Maybe the interior is being worked on still, hence the lack of pictures?

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Kinda looks like a slammed Sequoia. Looks like a quality, solidly engineered and well thought out SUV, though. I still prefer the more elegant Grand Cherokee. Maybe it's the color or the chrome wheels, but the Durango is too menacing and look-at-me, IMO.

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So no one else sees the "Citadel" badges?

It's a trim package.

oh2o wrote that the Crew and models will have an accent color grille with chrome insert; the Heat and R/T will have a body color grille with accent color insert; the Citadel (Boulevard) models will have an all-chrome grille. While some said an insert like the one on the right would be present, others said there would be no logo-type inserts, and that the place where they normally appear would simply be blank. The Dodge name, in letters, is to be the only brand badging, which is consistent with photos of the new Charger and Challenger.

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I personally love the new look, though the taillights leave a little something to be desired, but overall it is miles better than the previous model and looks great in black. I love the new GC and now the Durango, Chrysler is really beginning to pick up steam, I can't wait to see what's next.

Edited by Delta Force79

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Very generic body. Nice aggressive front though to make it stand out, at least when viewing it from the front.

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It's a trim package.

That thought crossed my mind but it's been years since an automaker designated trim levels with actual names instead of random letters or numbers. So having that confirmed is very surprising ... to me, at least.

Here are the expected models, all available in both 4x2 and 4x4 versions:

* WDDH75 Durango Crew

* WDDL75 Durango Express

* WDDM75 Durango Heat

* WDDP75 Durango Boulevard (Citadel) 4x2

* WDDS75 Durango R/T

Heat? Neat name.

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Redesigned 2011 Dodge Durango has three rows of seats, new logo

Bradford Wernle

Automotive News -- September 2, 2010 - 12:27 pm ET

UPDATED: 9/2/10 3:22 p.m. ET

Dodge today released the first pictures of the 2011 Durango SUV.

The Durango will be built at Chrysler's Jefferson North assembly plant on the same platform as the Jeep Grand Cherokee. It will arrive in dealer showrooms in the fourth quarter this year.

The Durango comes with seven seats while the Grand Cherokee comes with five. The Durango will have 22 seating configurations, according to a statement by the company. Like the Grand Cherokee, the Durango will be available with two engine options: a standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and an optional 5.7-liter HEMI V-8.

The new Durango will receive an all-new cabin as part of Chrysler's ongoing campaign to upgrade interiors across its entire lineup.

Chrysler stopped making the previous-generation Durango in 2008, when it shut down its Newark, Del., assembly plant. The new vehicle bears no resemblance to its predecessor. The old vehicle was a body-on-frame SUV derived from pickups. The new platform is a unibody-style structure with rear- or all-wheel-drive options.

Dodge is describing it as a “three-row performance vehicle.”

The Durango will be the first vehicle to sport the new Dodge logo, featuring a restyled, chrome-accented version of the crosshair grille that Dodge and Ram shared before Chrysler's new management separated the brands last year. The distinctive Ram's horns are gone, having stayed with Ram, which is now exclusively a truck brand.

The vehicle will make its first public appearance at the Dodge Rock ‘n' Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon presented by SunTrust in Virginia Beach, Va., over the Labor Day weekend.

Although Dodge no longer sells trucks, it's still the top-selling brand in the Chrysler Group stable. Dodge sold 35,364 vehicles in August, up 8 percent over the same month last year.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100902/OEM04/100909964/1251#ixzz0yPjR3YRs

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Chrysler takes the wraps off of 2011 Dodge Durango

Alisa Priddle / The Detroit News

Chrysler Group LLC has followed up a series of teaser pictures with the first official look at the all new 2011 Dodge Durango that will start arriving in showrooms in the fourth quarter.

The automaker, which has taken an unorthodox approach to vehicle introductions under the management of Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne, who is also CEO of partner Fiat SpA, will give the public its first viewing of the new Durango this weekend at a half-marathon in Virginia Beach.

A Durango will be the pace car for the Sunday race expected to attract 20,000 runners and walkers. Among the 30 company runners will be Ralph Gilles, head of Dodge Car and the automaker's head of design.

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A caravan of more than a dozen Dodge vehicles, including three Durangos, left Auburn Hills today for the trip to Virginia. Their progress can be tracked at the Facebook page www.facebook.com/dodge or on Twitter.

Prior to the race, the company will have a Dodge display area set up in the Virginia Beach convention center. The Durango is the big brother to the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee; the Dodge sport-utility is also made at the Jefferson North plant in Detroit.

While the Jeep is a two-row, five-passenger vehicle, the Durango adds a third row.

Under the hood, the engines are the same: a choice of the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 or Chrysler's new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, and both are available with all-wheel drive.

Dodge has been without a large SUV since it discontinued the Durango in 2008 when it closed its plant in Newark, Del., as part of its restructuring.

The automaker says in a release today that the body structure of the vehicle has been stiffened and the SUV can tow up to 7,400 pounds with the V-8, and 6,200 pounds with the V-6.

The interior has been upgraded significantly by the same studio that worked on the much-improved Dodge Ram. Interiors have been a weak point for many Chrysler vehicles but the new Grand Cherokee has shown Chrysler's new strength in this area. Chrysler says the Durango has replaced much of the hard plastic it used in the past for higher-grade materials.

Customers may notice a new Dodge ornament in the center of the steering wheel. Officials say it isn't a new logo for Dodge -- the logo for the brand remains simply the word "Dodge" imbedded in the grille. The corporate logo for Dodge is a series of red slashes.

The three rows offer 22 seating configurations for passengers and their gear, the automaker says.

Safety features include side and side-curtain airbags that extend to the third row, standard active head restraints, standard electronic stability control and optional technology to monitor blind spots, detect objects behind the vehicle, forward collision warning systems and adaptive cruise control.

The Durango is the first of a series of new and updated vehicles for the Dodge brand that will also include a completely redone Charger and upgrades to the Avenger mid-size car and Grand Caravan minivan.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20100902/AUTO01/9020464/1148/Chrysler-takes-the-wraps-off-of-2011-Dodge-Durango#ixzz0yPkNew1k

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Front end has some REAL nice surfacing ALA the Ram: hood thru the headlights & into the bumper. Like the fender arches, too.

Rear end (tails, mostly) is too similar to the lameness BMW has been hawking for years- doesn't match up to the design quality/uniqueness of the front.

Overall- real nice.

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