Refreshed 2021 Dodge Durango Spotted Testing
Though the Dodge Durango is getting a bit long-in-the-tooth, the current model is far from obsolete and FCA seems intent on making sure it keeps up with more modern competitors. Based on documents released from FCA and UAW detailing their new terms, the Durango will receive eTorque engines for the 2021 model year and recent spy photos were captured of a prototype with a disguised front end.
The Durango SRT originally debuted with a unique front fascia, more reminiscent of the Charger Scat Pack and SRT models, but that front end has trickled down to the rest of the Durango lineup in the years since the SRT’s debut. Now, based on these spy shots, Dodge appears to be changing up the front end again to coincide with the Durango receiving eTorque engines for the 2021 model year. FCA’s eTorque technology is a mild hybrid system that replaces the alternator with a 48-volt generator, providing a bit of extra torque off the line and increasing towing capacity. eTorque also works in conjunction with the stop-start system to allow the wheels to begin rotating from a stop before the engine has started back up, making the entire stop-start process more seamless.
Our friends over at Mopar Insiders, who are notoriously credible, have also stated that the Durango will soon receive a 707-horsepower Hellcat variant to sit at the top of the lineup. With the refresh happening for the 2021 model year, this seems like the perfect time to introduce a new halo model. We are also predicting that a Scat Pack model will join the lineup at the same time to make the Durango’s lineup congruent to that of the Charger and Challenger, while also boosting the halo-effect of the Hellcat–when buyers come into the showroom to look at the expensive Hellcat model, if that model is out of reach, they could be persuaded to jump into a more affordable Scat Pack model instead, which could give the Durango a much-needed spike in sales numbers to keep it relevant for the next few years. Recently, Dodge discontinued the SRT 392 trim level of the Charger and Challenger, leaving the Hellcat as the only SRT-branded trim level while making some of the SRT equipment optional on the Scat Pack, so it’s quite possible that they will repeat this move on the Durango.
The refresh may also bring some interior improvements which could be as minor as some new trim around the infotainment system or could perhaps include the 12″ screen from the recent Ram trucks. In any case, we expect to see this updated model debut in the near future so stay tuned for updates.
Source: Mopar Insiders
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