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2017 Dodge Durango news, pictures, specifications, and information
•New for 2017, the Dodge Durango GT replaces Limited as new volume model and features a sportier, monochromatic exterior appearance
•Available Anodized Platinum appearance package on Durango Citadel offers an upgraded interior for 2017 and includes: •Black and sepia two-tone Nappa leather seats wîth silver accent stitching
•Hand-wrapped instrument panel features soft-touch surface wîth silver accent
•Anodized Gunmetal trim featured on the §teering wheel and the front and rear door speakers and tweeters
•Platinum Chrome trim featured on the 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable gauge cluster, center stack and both front and rear console
•Platinum Chrome exterior accents include grille surround, fog lamp bezels, door handles, exterior badging and lower sills

•Available new options on Durango R/T for 2017 include a new hand-wrapped soft-touch instrument panel wîth red accent stitching for an upgraded look and optional black roof rails for maximum utility
•New for 2017, owners can view trailered items while the Durango is moving through the rear-mounted camera in models equipped wîth the 8.4-inch Úconnect touchscreen
•The popular Blacktop Package returns for 2017 on GT and R/T models and offers new 20-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels, as well as a Gloss Black crosshair grille and exterior Durango badge, dual exhaust, black headlamp bezels wîth LED daytime running lights. The front and rear fascia, wheel flares and sill molding are body-colored
•Durango's Brass Monkey appearance package returns for 2017 and is now offered on GT and R/T models. It features 20-inch Brass Monkey (Burnished Bronze) wheels, Gloss Black crosshair grille and badging
•Durango SXT now comes wîth standard five-passenger seating and optional seven-passenger seating, giving customers the ability to customize their interior configuration

September 1, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - 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 2017, Durango builds on its proven performance, utility and comfort wîth a new model, new appearance packages and a newly available soft-touch hand-wrapped instrument panel. Durango's standard eight-speed automatic transmission is paired wîth either the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine rated at an impressive 290 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, delivering up to 26 miles per gallon (mpg) and best-in-class towing capability of 6,200 pounds or the classic 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine that produces a best-in-class 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque and class-leading towing capability of 7,400 pounds. The latest technology includes a programmable digital instrument cluster, available class-exclusive 9-inch dual screen Blu-ray and DVD player, available Beats premium audio system, 8.4-inch Úconnect touchscreen radio wîth navigation and, new for 2017, a function to view trailed items through the rear mounted camera while the Durango is in motion. Durango's available three-row seating offers spaciousness and flexibility wîth 85 cu. ft. of cargo capacity, 50 different seating configurations, including available second-row captain's chairs.

Highlights •A driver's SÚV, the 2017 Dodge Durango delivers excitement and modernized refinement thanks to its world-class suspension, structural refinements and performance driving characteristics, all of which are usually found on premium performance SÚVs at much higher price points
•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 available AWD systems – one for the HEMI V-8 and one for Pentastar V-6 powered models – greatly enhance the vehicle's traction and handling
•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
•Durango's standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine generates 290 horsepower (295 horsepower on Blacktop Package and Citadel) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. Equipped wîth the V-6, Durango can tow a best-in-class 6,200 pounds. In addition, engine stop start (ESS) is standard on the V-6 and lowers emissions while also saving fuel
•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. Fuel Saver Technology wîth cylinder-deactivation seamlessly alternates between smooth, high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode and V-8 mode when more power is in demand
•The 2017 Dodge Durango features a standard eight-speed automatic transmission wîth rotary shifter and §teering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
•With standard five-passenger seating, optional seven-passenger seating and second-row captain's chairs available on all models, the seats in the 2017 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
•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. 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. A switch in the instrument panel remotely lowers third-row headrests when not in use
•Úconnect is available via either a standard 5-inch or available 8.4-inch touchscreen, the latter of which is the largest touchscreen in its class
•Durango offers a class-exclusive Blu-ray video rear entertainment system wîth 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 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
•The 2017 Dodge Durango offers consumers more than 60 available safety and security features, wîth seven standard airbags, including full-length three-row side-curtain airbags, standard front-seat mounted side-thorax air bags, front-row active head restraints, standard trailer-sway control and available forward collision warning wîth crash mitigation, adaptive cruise control wîth stop, Blind-spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Path (RCP) detection, Úconnect Access wîth 9-1-1 call and roadside assistance

Model Lineup
For 2017, the Dodge Durango lineup consists of four models: •SXT
•GT (New for 2017, replaces Limited)
•Citadel
•R/T

Exterior Colors •Rhino Clear Coat (NEW, available on R/T, R/T Blacktop and R/T Brass Monkey only)
•Diamond Black Crystal Clear Coat (NEW)
•Walnut Brown (NEW)
•Redline Pearl Coat (available on GT, Blacktop and R/T only)
•Velvet Red Pearl Coat
•Luxury Brown Pearl Coat
•True Blue Pearl Clear Coat
•Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat
•Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat
•Ivory Pearl Tri-coat
•Bright White Clear Coat

Interior Colors •Black
•Black/Light Frost Beige
•Black/Tan
•Black/Radar Red
•Black/Sepia (Citadel Anodized Platinum appearance package)

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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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