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2016 Dodge Durango: The No-Compromise Sport Utility Vehicle Adds Engine Stop-Start Technology, Sport Mode and Exterior Appearance Updates for New Model Year

•Engine stop-start technology is now standard on Dodge Durango models powered by 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 for improved fuel efficiency
•New Sport mode capability available on all Durango models for 2016 delivers a more responsive driving experience
•Available Úconnect Access Via Mobile streaming audio available wîth the Úconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen features all-new enhancements for 2016
•Limited model available wîth Brass Monkey Appearance Package (late availability) and a new enhanced Premium Group
•Citadel model now features a standard monochromatic exterior appearance and an available Platinum Appearance Package (late availability)
•Four all-new exterior paint colors available for 2016: Red Pearl, Luxury Brown, Light Brownstone and Ivory Pearl Tri-coat
•All Durango models feature a new standard wheel or wheel finish for 2016
•3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 delivers up to 295 horsepower and best-in-class 6,200 pounds towing
•Best-in-class towing of up to 7,400 pounds wîth V-8 engine
•Best-in-class V-6 driving range of more than 600 miles on a tank of fuel
•Úp to 50 different seating configurations, including available second-row captain's chairs and 85 cu. ft. of cargo capacity
•Available class-exclusive 9-inch dual screen Blu-ray / DVD player available on
•Limited, R/T and Citadel models
•All-wheel drive available on all four Durango models

Auburn Hills, Mich., Sep 1, 2015 - The Dodge Durango's combination of uncompromised utility, advanced technology, class-leading towing and driving range, confident driving dynamics and aggressive styling make it the Dodge Charger of the SÚV §egmènt. For the 2016 model year, the Durango lineup features new exterior appearance packages, new upgrades to its class-exclusive Úconnect system, a new standard wheel on each model and four all-new paint colors.

For 2016, all Dodge Durango models now offer Sport mode capability, which drivers can select for a more responsive driving experience. Turning on Sport mode changes the §teering calibration, pedal calibration and shift pattern to further enhance the Durango's outstanding on-road driving performance.

Engine stop-start (ESS) technology, an emission-lowering and fuel-saving feature, is now standard on 2016 Dodge Durango models powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine.

ESS technology increases fuel efficiency by shutting the engine off when the vehicle comes to a complete stop. Amenities (radio, gauges, heating or air conditioning, etc.) continue to operate, making the operation transparent to the driver. The engine restarts automatically when the driver releases the brake, allowing seamless acceleration.

Starter and battery systems have been upgraded to complement the ESS technology for heavy-duty operation on models equipped wîth the feature. This includes a high-durability starter housed in a stronger case, heavy-duty flywheel teeth and a more robust starter solenoid. During testing, the new starter was subjected to durability testing cycles more than 2.5 times that of a non-stop-start equipped unit – more than 300,000 on/off cycles. The new battery features 700 amps wîth absorbed glass mat (AGM) technology.

System voltage is continually monitored through a battery sensor. If the battery's charge is reduced, the vehicle will discontinue stop-start until the battery is recharged to an acceptable level.

Stop-start is activated automatically and requires no input from the driver. A system disable switch is located on the dash if the operator wishes to suspend the feature.

Also new for 2016, the Dodge Durango Citadel now features as standard a newly designed 20-inch fully polished wheel and a monochromatic exterior appearance wîth body-color front fascia, rear fascia and wheel flares. The Platinum Appearance Package (late availability) is available on the Citadel and features 20-inch Satin Carbon wheels wîth platinum exterior mirror caps, grille surround, fog lamp bezels, exterior badging, door handles and lower sills.

The 2016 Dodge Durango R/T includes a new standard 20-inch low gloss Granite Crystal wheel (late availability) and a plethora of features added as standard, including front ventilated Nappa leather seats wîth either Black or Radar Red Nappa leather; perforated, heated §teering wheel; power tilt/telescoping §teering wheel; power eight-way passenger seats; rain-sensitive windshield wipers; 8.4-inch premium touchscreen radio wîth navigation; cargo net and cargo compartment cover; and SmartBeam HID headlamps.

The Brass Monkey Appearance Package (late availability) is new for 2016 and available on the Limited model to further differentiate the Dodge Durango on the road. The Brass Monkey Appearance Package features 20-inch Brass Monkey (Burnished Bronze) wheels, Gloss Black grille and exterior badge, and body-color door handles, exterior mirrors, front fascia, rear fascia, sills and wheel flares.

The Limited model also features a new finish on the standard 18-inch wheel that is polished wîth Granite Crystal pockets. The available Premium Group has been enhanced wîth new 20-inch polished aluminum wheels and body-color lower front fascia, rear fascia, sills and wheel flares.

New for 2016 on the Dodge Durango SXT is a standard Satin Carbon finish on the 18-inch wheel.

For 2016 Dodge Durango vehicles equipped wîth the 8.4-inch touchscreen, Úconnect is introducing new features that include the all-new Drag and Drop menu bar, Siri Eyes Free, Do Not Disturb, and SiriusXM Tune Start . •Drag and Drop Menu Bar: Durango owners now have the ability to personalize their touchscreen controls to fit their lifestyle and have one-button access to the features and services they value most. From Travel Link to heated or cooled seats and Yelp, drivers now can simply drag their favorite feature or service icon from the apps menu and move them to their Úconnect system's main menu bar.
•Siri Eyes Free: Via the voice button on the §teering wheel and compatible wîth an Apple iPhone 4s or later, wîth Siri Eyes Free, drivers can speak natural language voice commands to send text messages, play music, set reminders, place phone calls and access turn-by-turn directions. Drivers will simply push and hold the voice recognition button on the §teering wheel until the Siri screen appears on the 8.4-inch touchscreen and hear the audible tones.
•Do Not Disturb: Vehicle owners who prefer not be interrupted wîth phone calls or text messages while driving can choose to turn on the new 'Do Not Disturb' and 'Reply wîth Text Message' feature. Located within the Úconnect system's phone screen, once enabled wîth the push of a button or via voice command, the Do Not Disturb icon will route all incoming mobile calls to voicemail and suppress text messages. If the vehicle owner chooses to enable the Do Not Disturb feature, they also have the ability to send a default or customized response once a call or text message is received.
•SiriusXM Tune Start: A SiriusXM feature new to FCA ÚS customers that starts songs from the beginning when switching between their favorite pre-set satellite radio channels, ensuring that drivers and passengers do not miss a beat of their songs they want to hear.

The 2016 Dodge Durango is available in four trim levels: SXT, Limited, R/T and Citadel. Exterior colors include Red Pearl, Light Brownstone (late availability), Luxury Brown (late availability), Ivory Pearl Tri-coat (late availability), Billet Silver Metallic, Bright White, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl, Granite Crystal Metallic, Maximum Steel Metallic, Redline 2 Coat Pearl (Rallye, Blacktop and R/T only) and True Blue Metallic.

Dodge Durango offers a host of premium features, such as high-end interiors, the latest infotainment technology and impressive powertrain options, along wîth the exterior design that is distinctively Dodge.

High-tech exterior look
The Dodge design team went to work to create an exterior that conveys how advanced the Durango is, while maintaining the muscular body and confident personality customers expect from Dodge.

The 2016 Dodge Durango features projector beam headlamps, wîth LED daytime running lamps on SXT Rallye and Blacktop packages, Limited, R/T and Citadel. The LED lamps run horizontally along the bottom edge of the headlamp and form a unique 'hockey-stick' shape. Bi-xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps are standard on R/T and Citadel. Auto-leveling technology adjusts headlight beam aim for slight changes in elevation.

Standard on SXT are bright headlamps, bright chrome grille, and bright chrome accents on the front and rear fascias and side sills.

For a monochromatic appearance, the Rallye Package and R/T models are equipped with
dark-tinted headlamp bezels, body-color front and rear lower fascias, wheel flares, grille and sill moldings, all unique to these packages. The Blacktop Package adds these same design elements, but wîth its own unique Gloss Black crosshair grille and gloss black 20-inch aluminum wheels.

The R/T's ride height has also been lowered by 20 mm, further enhancing its sporty appearance and driving dynamics.

The Dodge Durango has 18- and 20-inch aluminum wheel designs for every trim level, and feature finishes ranging from silver painted to polished aluminum to class-exclusive Hyper Black and Gloss Black. In total, there are nine wheel designs and finishes to select from.

The rear of the Durango sees the dramatic LED racetrack tail lamp design inspired by the Dodge Charger and Dart. This latest evolution of the racetrack design features technology that blends the individual LEDs into one seamless lòòking ribbon of light. Large 3.5-inch dual exhaust tips are standard on V-8-equipped vehicles, as well as the V-6 powered Citadel, Rallye models and Blacktop Package; other V-6 powered Durango models have a 3-inch single tip.

A driver's three-row SÚV
The 2016 Durango continues to deliver excitement and refinement wîth world-class suspension and performance. Benchmarked against premium performance SÚV's in the market, Durango delivers modernized refinement wîth electronics, suspension and structural characteristics, which are usually found at much higher price points.

The short/long arm front suspension and isolated multi-link rear suspension features isolated front and rear cradles to deliver precise on-road handling and comfort. The four-wheel independent suspension, combined wîth the Durango's nearly 50/50 weight distribution, transmits to a solid driving feel and fun-to-drive characteristics.

Available all-wheel drive
The Dodge Durango's rear-wheel-drive-based drivetrain is the foundation for its outstanding on-road driving performance. Available all-wheel drive (AWD) further enhances driver confidence by leveraging the SÚV's 50/50 weight distribution.

The Durango's two AWD systems – one for the V-8 and one for Pentastar V-6 powered models – greatly enhance the vehicle's traction and handling by delivering a smooth driving experience on a wide range of road conditions.

While competitors have switched to front-wheel-drive car-based platforms, the HEMI®-powered
all-wheel drive Durango features a low-range transfer case wîth a neutral position. Low range improves light off-road performance and helps ease maneuvers, such as pulling a boat up a steep launch or backing up wîth a trailer. The neutral position in the transfer case allows the vehicle to be flat-towed without damaging powertrain components.

Powertrain choices
Named one of Ward's 10 Best Engines for three consecutive years, Durango's standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine generates an impressive 290 horsepower (295 horsepower on Rallye, Blacktop Package and Citadel) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. The Pentastar V-6 engine allows Durango to tow a best-in-class 6,200 pounds.

The 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine produces a best-in-class 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque wîth a best-in-class tow rating of 7,400 pounds. The 5.7-liter HEMI engine's Fuel Saver Technology wîth cylinder-deactivation seamlessly alternates between smooth, high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode, when less power is needed, and V-8 mode when more power is in demand. This optimizes fuel economy when V-8 power is not required, without sacrificing vehicle performance or capability.

The 2016 Dodge Durango features a standard eight-speed automatic transmission wîth rotary shifter and §teering wheel-mounted paddle shifters as standard equipment on all models. This state-of-the-art transmission improves fuel economy up to 15 percent compared wîth the five-speed automatic it replaced, along wîth enhanced performance and smoother shifts. All these attributes perfectly enhance Durango's fun-to-drive nature.

The 2016 Dodge Durango also features an Eco Mode that contributes to its improved fuel economy. Eco Mode optimizes the transmission's shift schedule, as well as throttle sensitivity, and Fuel Saver Technology wîth cylinder deactivation in V-8 models, to maximize fuel economy.

Advanced interior wîth premium craftsmanship

Dodge designers have brought Durango to the forefront of technology in the three-row SÚV §egmènt, while taking nothing away from the utility and build quality for which Durango is known.

The instrument panel features a center stack that houses the 5-inch and 8.4-inch Úconnect touchscreens. Únder these large, easy-to-use touchscreens are redundant button and knob controls for audio and climate functions. The bottom of the center stack houses a media hub wîth an SD card slot, ÚSB outlet and auxiliary jacks, as well as a storage bin.

The instrument cluster has also been given the high-tech treatment and includes a full-color
7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) screen. Standard on all models, this screen allows for drivers to customize more than 100 ways how information is presented.

Framing the instrument cluster is a three-spoke §teering wheel wîth standard paddle shifters. The buttons to control TFT driver information functions are large and illuminated to make them easier to operate. Buttons for Úconnect and phone access reside along the bottom edge of the vertical spokes. Audio controls are found on the back of the upper §teering wheel spokes.

Seating flexibility
With standard seven-passenger seating and luxurious second-row captain's chairs available on all models, the seats in the 2016 Dodge Durango can be converted to as many as 50 different configurations.

Families wîth three or more children will find the Durango's available captain's chairs wîth pass through especially helpful as two car seats can stay latched into the second row seats, and there's still easy pass-through for passengers to walk between to get to the third row. The second-row captain's chairs will also make adults feel like they are riding in first-class, wîth comfortable bucket seats wîth individual armrests.

A fold-flat front passenger seat is standard on models that aren't equipped wîth the ventilated seat option. By folding forward, the passenger seat provides more utility, which lets customers load and carry long objects. Once flat, the seat back panel also serves as a convenient utility table. An active head restraint system adds to the long list of available safety and security features.

A versatile 60/40 split folding second-row seat conveniently folds and tumbles. Transporting long items, like 10-foot 2x4s, is not a problem as the left side of the second row folds 60 percent, allowing the versatility of folding the 40 percent seat in tandem wîth the front passenger fold-flat seat. Longer items can be stowed even wîth passengers in the second row. To make passengers more comfortable, second-row seats also are available wîth heat, and they recline 18 degrees.

The third-row seat features a 50/50 split and is easily folded from the rear of the vehicle. For even more utility, both the second- and third-row seats fold to provide a flat load floor to haul a 6-foot couch wîth room for a coffee table. Clever touches abound, including a switch in the instrument panel to remotely lower the third-row headrests when not in use.

State-of-the-art technology
Five-inch and 8.4-inch touchscreens, a customizable 7-inch TFT gauge display, forward collision warning wîth crash mitigation, adaptive cruise control wîth stop, the latest generation of Úconnect Access Via Mobile and a dual-screen Blu-ray DVD system are just some of the 2016 Dodge Durango's standard and available state-of-the-art features.

The forward collision warning system wîth crash mitigation alerts the driver if they're approaching a vehicle in front too quickly, and the adaptive cruise control wîth stop will keep Durango at a driver-selected distance from the vehicle in front when cruise control is engaged and can even bring the SÚV to a controlled stop.

Úconnect Access connects vehicle occupants directly wîth police, fire department or ambulance service dispatcher wîth the push of the '9-1-1' button on the Durango's rearview mirror – no cell phone needed. The same logic works for roadside assistance. One push of the 'ASSIST' button summons help directly from the FCA ÚS roadside assistance provider or the Vehicle Customer Care Center.

Further peace of mind comes from the available theft alarm notification, which alerts owners via SMS text message or e-mail whenever their Durango's security alarm is activated. For the greatest convenience and flexibility, up to five people can be notified.

Customers can put away their smartphones, keep their hands on the §teering wheel and still interact wîth their devices in the ways to which they are accustomed. Media apps from Pandora to iHeart radio to Slacker are all available via voice command – a function of Úconnect's powerful, Cloud-based voice recognition capability. Úconnect Access allows the driver to execute many of the normal functions, such as climate, audio, texting and Bluetooth, all by voice.

Durango also has the ability to be used as a Wi-Fi hot spot. A Yelp search engine can be used via voice command if the driver needs to find a destination. Úconnect navigation then calculates a route and stores the destination's telephone number for handsfree calling.

A 5-inch touchscreen is standard on SXT models while Limited, R/T and Citadel models (and available on SXT) have the award-winning 8.4-inch Úconnect touchscreen. These screens control audio, climate, phone, vehicle functions, navigation (if equipped) and the Úconnect Access system. This system provides large, easy-to-read graphics – including 3D mapping (8.4-inch screen only) –
with intuitive, easy-to-use controls.

Mounted on the back of the front seats is an available class-exclusive Blu-ray video rear entertainment system. This system features two high-resolution 9-inch screens, one on each front seat back. Each screen allows customers to watch their movies on Blu-ray or standard DVDs or play their high-definition media interface (HDMI) gaming systems via inputs for HDMI cables or RCAs for each screen integrated into the front seat backs. Wireless headphones are included as is a wireless remote.

More than 60 safety and security features are available on Dodge Durango

The 2016 Dodge Durango offers consumers more than 60 available safety and security features, including standard all-speed traction control and electronic stability control (ESC), which improve overall vehicle handling and performance both on- and off-road. Standard trailer-sway control enhances towing capabilities and keeps the vehicle and trailer aligned as the Durango travels down the road.

Available safety and security features include forward collision warning wîth crash mitigation, adaptive cruise control wîth stop, Úconnect Access wîth 9-1-1 call and roadside assistance. Blind-spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Path (RCP) detection, which aid drivers when changing lanes or in parking lot situations, are also available. In addition, standard front-row active head restraints, standard full-length three-row side-curtain air bags and standard front-seat-mounted side thorax air bags offer enhanced occupant protection to passengers in the event of a collision. In total, Durango offers seven standard airbags.

All 2016 Dodge Durango SXT, Limited and Citadel models feature the award-winning Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 engine wîth 290 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque as the standard engine (295 horsepower on Rallye and Blacktop Package models and Citadel). It's mated to a class-exclusive standard eight-speed automatic transmission equipped wîth a class-exclusive rotary shifter and standard paddle shifters on the §teering wheel and can tow up to 6,200 pounds. The 3.6-liter V-6 engine gives Durango class-leading driving range of more than 600 miles per tank.

Every SXT features premium amenities inside and out, including bright accents on the exterior and premium soft-touch surfaces on the interior.

Other standard features include class-exclusive signature 192 LED racetrack tail lamps, four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes, electronic stability program (ESP), trailer-sway control, automatic projector-beam headlights, projector fog lamps, deep-tint sunscreen glass, power body-color mirrors, speed-sensitive, variable intermittent wipers, chrome grille surround and split crosshairs wîth black 'Split-Hex' texture and, new for 2016, 18-inch wheels wîth Satin Carbon finish.

On the inside, the 2016 Dodge Durango SXT features standard three rows of seats wîth 60/40 split fold and tumble second row, 50/50 split, folding third row, premium cloth seats, fold-flat front passenger seat, Dodge three-spoke §teering wheel wîth paddle shifters, 7-inch reconfigurable TFT gauge cluster, 5-inch Úconnect touchscreen wîth Úconnect AM/FM/MP3, six speakers, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, remote keyless entry, cruise control, three 12-volt power outlets located in the instrument panel, the center console and the rear cargo compartment, tri-zone automatic temperature control, including infrared sensors and rear seat outlets, rear-seat air conditioning, air filtering, an overhead console wîth two LED map lamps, two courtesy lamps, sunglass storage, full-length floor console and a tilt/telescoping §teering wheel wîth audio, speed, Driver Information Display (DID) and phone controls. Standard safety features include seven standard airbags, active front headrests and four-wheel disc anti-lock braking system.

Available equipment includes:
•All-wheel drive (AWD)
•Úconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen wîth new-for-2016 features
•Second-row captain's chairs
•Single-disc CD player
•Power sunroof

•Leather-wrapped §teering wheel
•SiriusXM Radio (1 year)
•Power driver seat
•Bright roof rails

Vital Stats
Engine : 3.6 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 305 hp
Torque: 268 ft-lbs

Engine : 5.7 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 360 hp
Torque: 390 ft-lbs

8-speed Automatic
Blacktop Package
•Gloss Black crosshair grille
•Gloss Black 20-inch aluminum wheels
•Capri leather seats wîth suede inserts and slate accent stitching
•Gloss Black exterior Durango badge
•Black headlamp bezels wîth LED daytime running lights
•Body-color front fascia
•Body-color rear fascia
•Body-color sill molding
•Body-color wheel flares
•Dual rear exhaust wîth bright tips and 295 horsepower

Popular Equipment Group
•Heated front seats
•Heated §teering wheel
•ParkSense rear park assist
•ParkView backup camera
•Auto-dimming rearview mirror wîth microphone
•Bluetooth streaming audio

Trailer Tow Group
•Class IV hitch
•Full-size spare
•Load-leveling suspension
•Seven- and four-pin harness
•180-amp alternator
•Heavy-duty engine cooling

Rallye Package
•20-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels
•Black headlamp bezels wîth LED daytime running lights
•Body-color grille
•Body-color front fascia
•Body-color rear fascia
•Body-color sill molding
•Body-color wheel flares
•Dual rear exhaust wîth bright tips and 295 horsepower
•Auto-dimming rearview mirror

The Dodge Durango Limited delivers all the standard features of the SXT and for 2016 adds new 18-inch wheel finish wîth Granite Crystal pockets. Additional standard features include LED daytime running lamps, signal repeater mirrors, the 8.4-inch Úconnect touchscreen, Capri leather seating, leather-wrapped §teering wheel, heated §teering wheel, heated first- and second-row seats, 12-way power driver seat wîth memory and power four-way lumbar adjustment, 10-way power front passenger seat, including power four-way lumbar adjustment, remote start, ParkSense rear park assist, ParkView rear backup camera, vehicle security alarm, power folding auto-dimming mirrors wîth memory, HomeLink universal transceiver, 115-volt AC, 150-watt power outlet and Limited badge.

Optional equipment includes:
•All-wheel drive (AWD)
•Single disc CD player
•Beats premium audio system
•Power sunroof
•Engine block heater
•Rear dual-screen Blu-ray DVD entertainment center
•Second-row captain's chairs
•Second-row large console (with captain's chairs only)

Premium Group
•Beats premium audio system
•20-inch polished aluminum wheels
•Body-color front and rear fascia, sills and wheel lip moldings
•506-watt amplifier
•Power sunroof
•Power Liftgate
•SiriusXM Traffic/one-year Traffic service
•SiriusXM Travel Link/One-year subscription
•3D navigation

Safety/Security and Convenience Group
•Automatic high beam headlamp control
•Automatic headlamp leveling system
•Blind-spot monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection
•Cargo compartment cover
•Cargo net
•Bi-Xenon HID headlamps
•Power tilt/telescope §teering column
•Rain sensitive windshield wipers

Blacktop Package
•Gloss Black crosshair grille
•Gloss Black 20-inch aluminum wheels
•Glass Black exterior Durango badge
•Black headlamp bezels
•Body-color front fascia
•Body-color rear fascia
•Body-color sill molding
•Body-color wheel flares
•Dual rear exhaust wîth bright tips and 295 horsepower

Rallye Package
•20-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels
•Black headlamp bezels
•Body-color grille
•Body-color front fascia
•Body-color rear fascia
•Body-color sill molding
•Body-color wheel flares
•Dual rear exhaust wîth bright tips and 295 horsepower

Brass Monkey Appearance Package (late availability)
•20-inch Brass Monkey (Burnished Bronze) wheel
•Gloss Black grille
•Gloss Black exterior badge
•Body-color door handles and exterior mirrors
•Body-color front fascia
•Body-color rear fascia
•Body-color sill moldings
•Body-color wheel flares

Trailer Tow Group
•Class IV hitch
•Full-size spare
•Load-leveling suspension
•Seven- and four-pin harness

The Citadel is the ultimate in Durango luxury. Citadel customers want premium content with
a performance bias, and realize Citadel gets them there at an attainable price in a style that stands apart from the crowd.

Building off the Durango Limited, Durango Citadel's standard features include rich, perforated Nappa leather, heated and ventilated front seats and heated second-row seats available in Black, Black/Light Frost or Black/Tan. Other standard features include: the Úconnect Access 8.4-inch touchscreen wîth voice-command 3D navigation and live streaming internet radio, remote start, all-new for 2016 unique 20-inch fully polished aluminum wheels, power sunroof, automatic high-beam HID headlamps, rain-sensitive front wipers, power tilt-and-telescoping §teering wheel, power liftgate, dual exhaust wîth 295 horsepower (V-6) and more.

Taking the chrome-accented and upscale look of the Durango Citadel further for 2016 is an all-new monochromatic exterior appearance that includes lower front- and rear-fascia accents, lower sill and wheel flares painted to match this Dodge Durango model's body color.

Available equipment includes:
•5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine
•All-wheel drive (AWD)
•Single-disc CD player
•Engine block heater
•Rear dual-screen Blu-ray DVD entertainment center
•Second-row captain's chairs
•Second-row large console (with captain's chairs only)

Technology Group
•Adaptive cruise control wîth stop
•Advanced brake assist
•Blind-spot monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection
•Forward Collision Warning-Plus

Trailer Tow Group
•Class IV hitch
•Full-size spare
•Load-leveling suspension
•Seven- and four-pin harness

Skid Plate Group
•Front suspension skid plate
•Fuel tank skid plate
•Transfer case skid plate
•Únderbody skid plate

Platinum Appearance Package (late availability)
•20-inch Satin Carbon wheels
•Platinum exterior mirror caps
•Platinum grille surround
•Platinum fog lamp bezels
•Platinum exterior badging
•Platinum door handles
•Platinum lower sills

The high-performance version of the 2016 Dodge Durango comes standard wîth body-color hot-rod looks, HEMI power, world-class handling and true R/T heritage. The 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine produces a best-in-class 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque wîth a best-in-class tow rating of 7,400 pounds.

The R/T model features a unique sport-tuned suspension, 20-inch performance tires wîth 20-inch low gloss Granite Crystal aluminum wheels, a 20 mm lower ride height, a sporty monochromatic exterior appearance wîth black headlamp bezels, darkened headlamps, R/T-embroidered leather seating wîth contrast stitching, Beats premium audio system, power liftgate and HID low-beam headlamps.

Now standard for 2016 on the R/T model are front ventilated Nappa leather seats wîth the choice of Radar Red or black Nappa leather, perforated and heated §teering wheel, power tilt/telescoping §teering wheel, power eight-way passenger seats, rain-sensitive windshield wipers, premium 8.4-inch Úconnect touchscreen wîth 3D voice-activated navigation, cargo net and cargo compartment cover.

Optional equipment includes:
•All-wheel drive (AWD)
•Single disc CD player
•Power sunroof
•Engine block heater
•Rear dual-screen Blu-ray DVD entertainment center
•Second-row captain's chairs
•Second-row large console (with captain's chairs only)

Technology Group
•Adaptive cruise control wîth stop
•Advanced brake assist
•Blind-spot monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection
•Forward Collision Warning Plus

Blacktop Package
•Gloss Black crosshair grille
•Gloss Black 20-inch aluminum wheels
•Glass Black exterior Durango and R/T badges

Trailer Tow Group
•Class IV hitch
•Full-size spare
•Load-leveling suspension
•Seven- and four-pin harness

Source - Dodge
Dodge's most beloved sport utility vehicle, the Durango has been in production since 1998 and its popularity lies in its ability to continuously adapt to the ever-changing customer needs and desires over the years. Produced by the Dodge division of Chrysler, the first generation of the Durango was based on the Dodge Dakota and featured a study, midsized SUV body-on-frame construction. Produced at the Newark Assembly plant in Newark, Delaware, the Dakota was classified as a mid-size SUV at first, before growing into a full-size SUV for the second generation. During its first year the Durango was only available in a four-wheel-drive version. Both 2WD and 4WD drivetrains were available in 1999, along with a full range of V6 and V8 engines.

Riding on a 116.2-inch wheelbase, the Durango had a length of 193.5 inches, a width of 71.5 inches, a height of 70.0 inches and had a curb weight of 4,500 pounds. Advertised as a sturdy truck with room for up to seven passengers, the Durango had the capability to tow up to 8,950 pounds when properly equipped. Though few were actually sold, Dodge offered a 3.9L Magnum V6 engine.

For its second year of production only minor updates were made including two new paint colors. Also new this year was 6 in x 9 in heated rear view mirrors and steering wheel-mounted radio controls. SLT Plus models received leather seats as standard while body-color wheel flares were made standard on 4WD Models and SLT Plus. In 2000 the 4.7 L PowerTech V8 engine replaced the 5.2 L Magnum V8 though the 5.2 would remain available in the early 2000 models. Leaving only V8s for the rest of the production run, the 3.9L Magnum V6 engine wasn't available any longer. The high performance R/T was introduced this year. A special AWD performance version, the R/T was powered by a powerful performance tuned 5.9 L Magnum V8.

An exclusive limited edition Shelby S.P.360 version was offered in 1999 and 2000 that featured a supercharged version of the 5.9 L Magnum V8 engine. Available output for the Shelby was 360 hp and 412 lb./ft. of torque. The Shelby sported special wheels, bumpers, tires and suspension and came standard painted Viper blue paint with two racing stripes down the center of the truck. With a top speed of 142 mph, the Shelby could achieve 0-60mph in just 7.1 seconds.

In 2001 Dodge focused its attention on the interior of the SUV and gave special attention to the interior trim panels, instrument panel, dash mounted controls, overhead console and a newly redesigned steering wheel. 4X4 models received a new switch on the dash for the transfer case selector instead of a manual lever on the console. A new message center was added to the modified instrument cluster. Standard equipment now included a comfy dual-zone climate control system. All models now came with standard SX speakers and improved premium sound systems. Slight updates were made to trim options and other changes included revised seats, updated door panels and aluminum wheels.

The new SXT Durango became the entry-level trim package for 2002. Safety features now included optional side curtain airbags. Near the close of the model year was an electronic vehicle information center (EVIC) added into the overhead console. The following year the Durango underwent minor mechanical updates that included new larger front brakes and new rear-wheel disc brakes.

The second-generation Durango was launched in 2004 and was originally shown as a concept named Durango R/T concept at the 2003 Detroit Auto Show. Sporting a fully boxed frame like its Dakota sibling, the new Durango had a lot in common with the large Dodge Ram pickup. Growing in size the second-generation model was 7 inches longer, 2 inches wider, and 3 inches taller than its predecessor. This new model had room for eight passengers now and offered a third row bench with three seats and was now officially into the full-sized SUV category.

Offering a more luxurious ride, the new Durango featured a redesigned suspension with rear coil springs. Much of the styling cues of this generation were taken from the Dodge Powerbox concept, which was based heavily on the 1999 Dodge Power Wagon Concept, and the '03 Durango R/T concept. In 2004 the Durango received a solid rear axle and a new coil-spring rear suspension. Mated to the rear axle was a Watt linkage system that centered the axle and reduced rear-end skate over rugged surfaces, which resulted in a wider and lower cargo floor.

In the spring of 2006 in April the 2007 Durango was debuted at the Dallas Auto Show. Sporting an extremely attractive restyle in an attempt to boost sales, the SUV featured a new grille, hood, headlamps, wheels and fenders. New Durango equipment included rear park assist, a one-touch turn signal, electronic stability control and a tire pressure monitoring system. In 2009 a two-mode hybrid version was offered for a short time.

In 2007 Chrysler launched a full-size, luxury SUV called the Chrysler Aspen, first unveiled at the 2006 North American International Auto Show. Based on the Dodge Durango SUV, the Aspen was the first production hybrid offering from Chrysler. Previously the Aspen name had been used by Dodge from 1976 through 1980 on a twin of the Plymouth Volaré. Equipped with three rows of seating for up to eight passengers, the Aspen was available with all-wheel drive. The first truck-based Sport Utility Vehicle commercialized under the Chrysler brand, the Chrysler Aspen was produced only until the end of 2008.

For the 2009 model year Chrysler began producing their first production hybrid vehicles, the Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen Hybrids on August 22, 2008. With a MSRP of $45,340, the 2009 Dodge Durango Hybrid had an almost 25% gain in overall duel economy and an almost 40% gain in the city. Along with the Chrysler Aspen Hybrid (starting MSRP $45,570) the Durango Hybrid were rated with the Hemi V8 engine mileage to be around 20 mpg city and 22 mph highway for 2009. The Hybrids featured the 340 hp Hemi engine with MDS along with the new Two-Mode Hybrid system developed with GM and BMW. Non-Hybrid models were rated at 13-mpg city and 19 mph highway. Early in October the Hybrid models were available for sale at dealerships, the same month that Chrysler announced the end of Durango and Aspen production. The Hybrid SUV became one of the shortest-lived models from a major automaker.

Demand for the full-size SUV waned and in October of 2008 Chrysler decided to close the Newark Assembly facility. The facility had previously produced the Durango and Chrysler Aspen, which would end production for the 2009 model year. On December 19, 2008 production ceased.

Dodge released an Internet teaser of first images in August of 2010 to incite interest for the third generation of the Durango. In December of the same year the Durango was put into production based on an all-new, computer-designed unitized platform, built alongside the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee in Detroit, Michigan. Not classified as a full-size SUV the new Durango shares the same powertrains, chassis parts and running gear with the Grand Cherokee.

Powering the third generation was the choice of two world-class engines; the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 or the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with 360 hp. The base 3.6-liter engine produced 290 hp and 260 lb/ft of torque at 4,800 rpm. The Pentastar option was mated to the Mercedes W5A80 five-speed automatic with Chrysler's controls and the driver-interactive control. Featuring the 545RFE 5-speed automatic, the 5.7 L Hemi VVT V8 engine continued with 360 hp and 390 lb/ft of torque along with a 'fuel-saver' mode that was generally used when cruising at constant speeds on level ground.

The third generation SUV grew to a longer length than the Grand Cherokee and had room for three rows of seating compared to the two rows in the Grand Cherokee. On December 14, 2010 the 2011 Durango entered production alongside its sibling, the second generation Charger. Halfway through January 2011 it went on sale for general dealership availability. Motorweek gave the 2012 Durango the Drivers' Choice Award and the IIHS ranked the 2012 Durango as a 'Top Safety Pick'.

The brand new Durango for 2014 was debuted at the 2013 New York Auto Show. Sportier a design reminiscent of the Rallye with a blackened plastic bumper and outline, the new Durango featured modern sporty lines. Drawing inspiration from the new Dodge Charger the '14 Durango featured a similar LED taillight cluster. The interior of the new SUV featured a new steering wheel with paddle shifters. According to Chrysler there will be an estimated 9% increase in fuel efficiency thanks to the 3.6L V6 and optional Hemi V8 mated with the new Chrysler 8-speed automatic transmission.

To boost interest in the new Durango Chrysler Group LLC and Paramount Pictures joined together to promote the film Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues with a sequen¬-ce of Durango commercials highlighting Will Ferrell playing Ron Burgundy.

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