Dodge has just unveiled the new 2014 Durango. While its chassis and driving dynamics are shared with Jeep’s Grand Cherokee, its unique exterior is completely different. Durango now comes with a new transmission, fresh distinctive styling, and new info-tainment systems. The 2014 Durango will come in SXT, Rallye, Limited, R/T, and Citadel models. The new Limited includes leather and heated seats, heated steering wheel, and 8.4-inch Uconnect screen.
Styling updates include projector-beam headlamps and LED running lamps on all except the base SXT model. R/T and Citadel models have HID headlamps and projector foglamps, complementing a slimmer grille, reshaped hood and fascia. New wheel designs continue the restyling, along 192 individual LED lamps in back. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross path detection are available, as are adaptive cruise control.
Seating is available for up to seven, or seating for six with second-row dual captain’s chairs. The second row folds forward to accommodate large items.
The standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 is rated 290 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Trailering enthusiasts will like the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, which puts out 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. The new transmission promises up to nine percent better fuel economy and Hemis have fuel saving cylinder deactivation, along with a new Eco Mode which changes throttle response and shift points for even better mileage.
For 2014 Durango has the same eight-speed automatic transmission found in Jeep’s Grand Cherokee, with a rotary shifter and paddle-shifters on the steering wheel. Durango also offers rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Depending on model, two different AWD systems are used. The V-8 models get a low-range transfer case and V-6 models having a one-speed unit. Tow rating capability is up to 7,400 pounds with the V-8. Pricing has not been announced.