The Durango is the seven-seat version of the Grand Cherokee. The two share the same platform, similar engines, and the only real differences are on the outside. However, because their platform dates back all the way back in the early 2000s, a new model will have to be released to remain competitive. Unfortunately, up to this point, not much has been said about the upcoming 2018 Dodge Durango. We only know that the car will likely be released in 2018 and it should be priced similarly to the current model.
Platform and Drivetrain
Many people expect the upcoming Dodge Durango 2018 to be just as large as its predecessor. However, it should now be based on an entirely new platform that will allow Dodge more room to work with. Some suggested for a front wheel design and this could be quite possible. Fiat released not that long ago the Toro pickup truck which is about the right size. Its chassis could easily be extended even further to accommodate the larger body of the Durango and its engines could easily be tweaked to fit the larger SUV.
However, this truck is lacking a few features which the Durango has and on top of that, it is not as powerful or capable as many people want. Because of that, the Durango might be in fact based on Dodge’s upcoming rear-wheel drive architecture in which case it would become quite interesting.
Like with the updated Charger, the upcoming 2018 Dodge Durango is definitely going to become quite a bit more aggressive. This is because Dodge presented their intent of becoming the sports branch of the FCA Group on the US market. We expect it to share some design traits with the future Challenger and Charger. Some suggested for a coupe-like appearance but this is unlikely. Why? Well, because the car will have to house up to seven passengers and their luggage and if they would do it, there would be no room left for the rear passengers.
Unfortunately, it still is too early to talk about how the upcoming 2018 Durango is going to look like inside the cabin. However, we can say that there are some major revisions needed for the car to become competitive. For starters, all the previous optional safety gear will have to become standard. This has been a problem in the past and it made it lag behind the competition. On top of that, despite likely being based on a car’s chassis, the new Durango should offer quite a bit more room inside the cabin.
2018 Dodge Durango Engines
Currently, the Durango features a mix of large V6 and V8 naturally aspirated engines which are not that efficient or even that powerful. The upcoming 2018 Dodge Durango is expected to feature turbocharged-only petrol engines. These will provide the fuel efficiency needed for it to pass all the future EPA regulations while providing a good increase of power. If Dodge chooses to go for the front wheel drive design, the largest engine that will fit will likely be their 3.6 liter V6.
However, if they will go for the rear wheel drive design, the new Durango should be quite impressive. Expect it to feature a base 2-liter turbocharged mill with as much as 300 horsepower while as an option, a new 3 liter twin-turbocharged V6 should be available. The latter should easily be capable of providing more than 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque which would make the Durango a very fast crossover. With the new engines, the car should also feature a new transmission. Also, thanks to the expected weight savings, the Durango should become one of the fastest and most efficient, three rows crossovers on the market.