The Durango's successor is believed to ride on the same or lengthened version of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee platform, which was developed alongside the next generation Mercedes-Benz ML SUV.
Powertrain options will most likely include Chrysler LLC's new 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar with 290-horsepower and a 5.7-liter V8 HEMI with 360 ponies, while an all-wheel-drive option is certain.
Formerly a truck-based, body-on-frame SUV, the 2011 Dodge Durango now uses a carlike unibody architecture that noticeably improves ride and handling dynamics. Dodge has also increased refinement with a smoother, more powerful V6 engine, not to mention a welcoming cabin that has high-quality, soft-touch materials.
Available with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive the new Durango includes a 290-hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 as standard and has an available 360-hp Hemi 5.7-liter V8 engine. The Hemi includes the Multiple Displacement System (MDS) for better fuel economy. Both engines are matched with a 5-speed automatic transmission. The R/T trim comes standard with the Hemi engine. The 2011 Durango is offered in five models: Express, Heat, Crew, R/T, and Citadel.
The Durango seats seven passengers with its folding third-row seat; the Heat trim drops the third-row and seats five passengers. Standard safety features include electronic stability control, six airbags, and active head restraints. Available features include HID headlamps, a premium radio with Garmin navigation and DVD, a rear seat entertainment system, leather upholstery, and a trailer tow package.
Modern and functional, the 2011 Dodge Durango’s cabin has been designed with family-style versatility in mind. Regardless of trim level, the design is attractive and features soft-touch materials. The Durango’s easily accessed third row offers a surprising amount of leg- and headroom (even for 6-footers).