The Dodge Durango enters the 2018 model year as the same-generation model but with changes which inject more fun to its lineup. The new Durango is the design which dates back to 2011 model year when this model arrived on the unibody underpinning that has Jeep Grand Cherokee’s DNA. It is focused to deliver better on-road performance and ditched the truck-based platform.
The 2018 Dodge Durango, however, gets the SRT treatment in order to bring more fun to drive. This version has 475 ponies under the scooped hood combined with the upgraded running hardware and unique interior and exterior. The rest of the lineup comes with some upgrades and changes in the equipment organization while the R/G model also gets some styling updates.
2018 Dodge Durango: Styling
When it comes to the styling, the 2018 Dodge Durango returns unchanged in the lower trim versions. The SXT and GT version continues unchanged and the Citadel model is also the same form but with more chrome. The signature crosshair grille is again dominating element on model’s front and Durango has its distinctive roof line.
However, so far top-spec R/T model and new SRT version have their own styling treatment. These models have the wider stance and lower suspension in respect to their performance character. The front and rear fascias are also more aggressive. There is also the functional hood scoop to highlight their sports appearance. The R/T will also be available in B5 Blue exterior color.
The silhouette of the new SRT model is more muscular thanks to the functional hood scoop combined with the pair of the heat extractors and widened fenders. This version also has more aggressive front fascia and body-color rocker panels. The standard wheels are 20-inch cast aluminum units wrapped in the Pirelli all-season tires. The options include 20-inch forged rollers and Pirelli high-performance tires.
Inside the new Durango is familiar form but with some changes across the trim options. All models are spacious but feature somewhat conservative cabins. The fabric is used in the base models but in the upper trims, two leather types will be available. The GT model will combine synthetic suede and leather while the Citadel and SRT models have upgraded leather.
The SRT model also adds flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters and Napa leather combined with the suede inserts. The dash and door panels in this model can feature real carbon fiber accents and Red Laguna leather with SRT logos is also available.
The base SXT version offers optional third row, manual front seats, keyless ignition, three-zone climate control, USB inputs, etc. It has a 7-inch infotainment interface and comes with the 18-inch wheels. The SXT can, however, be treated with several appearance packages and equipped with the heated seats and power liftgate.
The GT upgrades with leather and synthetic suede combination and specially tuned suspension and steering system. It also includes rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking but can also be had with the more sophisticated 8.4-inch infotainment system.
The Citadel model has more chrome, upgraded brakes and leather upholstery, a moonroof, Alpine speakers, ventilated front seats and other goodies.
The R/T upgrades with the sport-tuned suspension and steering system, a Beats sound system, unique upholstery with red stitching, etc.
The SRT has upgraded suspension, steering and brakes. It also includes digital instrument cluster, an 8.4-inch center display, a 506-watt BeatsAudio, unique upholstery and trim accents.
2018 Dodge Durango: Powertrains
The 2018 Dodge Durango comes again with the V-6 and V-8 engine options. The V-6 powered Durangos will get 293 hp and torque will reach 260 pound-feet. The 8-speed automatic transmission is standard as is the rear-wheel drive. An all-wheel drive is an option. The fuel economy with this setup will be around 21 mpg combined.
For more power and 7, 400 pounds of the towing capacity, you will have the chance to get a 5.7-liter V-8 engine as standard on the R/T and optional on the Citadel model. This engine provides 360 hp and torque of 390-lb-ft. Its all-wheel drive system has a low-range transfer case. The fuel economy with this engine drops to 17 mpg combined.
The star of the lineup is the new SRT model with the 6.4-liter V-8 engine. The Hellact engine isn’t the supercharged version but still, offers more than adequate 475 hp and torque of 470 pound-feet. This version has upgraded springs, Bilstein shocks, Brembo brakes, quad-exhaust setup, etc. It will sprint to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and towing limit is 8, 700 pounds.
2018 Dodge Durango: Availability, Price
The 2018 Dodge Durango with the new SRT version will arrive in last quarter of the year. The price starts from $29, 995. The high-performing SRT will cost $62, 995.