UPDATED: Refreshed 2021 Dodge Durango Spotted Testing
Note: Article originally released on January 14, 2020. Updated February 10 with new information and a rendering previewing the design of the 2021 Durango.
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. The updated front fascia will have more aggressive front vents with integrated fog lights and LED headlights. We’ve created a rendering to preview what this new front end may look like based on leaked photos and spy shots.
FCA’s eTorque technology will also be making an appearance. eTorque 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 with upcoming product information, 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.
According to Mopar Insiders, the refreshed Durango will feature a new dash design and the 10.1″ Uconnect 5 system that debuted on the 2021 Pacifica. These changes should keep the interior fresh and competitive with newer entries into the three-row midsize crossover/SUV segment.
Source: Mopar Insiders
Ryan had an obsession with cars from a young age, reading NADA books and MotorTrend magazine as well as sketching cars in elementary school. He has since moved on to creating renderings in Photoshop and writing about auto news.