2011 Dodge Durango Heat news, pictures, and information
Some Like It Hot—Dodge Introduces New Durango Heat• Designed to complement the performance-tuned Durango R/T, new five-passenger Heat package wîth the Pentastar V-6 engine delivers 295 horsepower and up to 23 miles per gallon (mpg)
• Best-in-class 50 cubic feet of storage behind the second row and performance-tuned to thrill anyone who truly loves to drive
• New Heat package delivers affordable performance wîth a starting Ú.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $30,295 (excluding destination charges)
Dodge is turning up the heat in the full-size SÚV §egmènt, introducing a new affordable performance package for the all-new 2011 Dodge Durango SÚV – the Dodge Durango Heat. Designed to complement the performance-tuned Durango R/T, the new Heat package delivers aggressive styling, the high-performing 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine wîth 295 horsepower and a surprisingly affordable price. With a starting Ú.S. Manufacturer's Retail Price (MSRP) of $30,295 (excluding destination), the Dodge Durango Heat will be available at dealerships across the country in the Spring of 2011.
'Durango Heat is about handling performance and a street presence that puts the sport in sport- utility,' said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO, Dodge Brand – Chrysler Group LLC. 'The unibody rear-wheel-drive (available all-wheel-drive), two-row exclusive seating configuration makes this the lightest Durango model. A world-class double wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension make Heat a handling champ that moves out smartly wîth 295 horsepower, a dual-exhaust, tuned air induction, custom 20-inch Satin Carbon finished wheels while delivering ultimate utility wîth more storage room at 50 cubic feet than anything it competes with. The Durango Heat also is among the most efficient in its class at 23 miles per gallon on the highway. For the money, there's truly nothing like it on the market.'
From the outside, the Durango Heat and the R/T have a striking resemblance. Both feature a unique fascia wîth fog lamps, a color-matched grille and dark headlamp bezels. The color-matched body kit, wheel lips and rear fascia wîth integrated dual chrome exhaust outlets, give the Heat a lower stance.
Built on the Durango's new unibody platform, which is 25 percent stiffer than the Durango it replaces, the five-passenger Heat also shares R/T's performance-biased engineering, including its aggressive suspension tuning, performance §teering, unique 20-inch wheels wîth all-season performance tires (three-season high-performance tires for even greater grip and response also are available), a 20-mm lower ride height, tuned dual-exhaust and a modernized interior that holds drivers in their seats.
Where the R/T is powered by the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, the Heat is powered by the new Pentastar V-6 engine. The 3.6-liter V-6 engine is an all-new design, featuring double-overhead camshafts (DOHC) and a high-pressure die-cast aluminum cylinder block in a 60 degree configuration. Contributing to best-in-class V-6 towing at 6,200 lbs. and a top speed of 130 miles per hour, the engine delivers 295 horsepower (216 kW) at 6,350 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. (353 N•m) of torque at 4,500 rpm. The EPA fuel economy miles per gallon (mpg) (City/Hwy) are 16/23 for the rear-wheel-drive model and 16/22 for the all-wheel-drive model.
While Heat entices wîth performance-biased styling and handling, the newest Durango also maintains SÚV capability wîth room for five passengers and 50 cubic feet of storage space—more storage capacity behind the second row than any other five-passenger vehicle on the market– including 5.9 cubic feet of under-floor storage. As in the R/T, Heat comes standard wîth Úconnect Voice Command and a premium 506 Watt Alpine audio system wîth 10 speakers, including a subwoofer.
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 unibody structure is more than 25 percent stiffer than its predecessor. The end result is a vehicle wîth crossover versatility, SÚV capability and performance in a different league than its competitive class.
Durango customers live busy lives. They need a vehicle that is spacious and flexible enough to haul three rows of passengers (Citadel, CrewLux, Crew, Express) and their gear, but powerful and agile enough to keep it fun. Durango customers are lòòking for the perfect balance of functional versatility and luxury at an outstanding value. Dodge's newest SÚV is the only vehicle in the §egmènt that will meet their needs.
The starting Ú.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the all-new 2011 Dodge Durango (Rear-wheel-drive/All-wheel-drive):
- Durango Express: $29,195 / $31,195
- Durango Heat: $30,295 / $32,295
- Durango Crew: $33,195 / $35,195
- Durango Crew wîth CrewLux package: $38,195 / $40,195
- Durango R/T: $35,465/$37,865 Durango Citadel: $41,795 / $43,795
- (All prices exclude an $850 destination charge.)Source - Dodge
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