The new generation of the Durango three-row SUV is on the way. There are numerous changes we expect to see on this model, and next year we could get a preview of the vehicle coming as 2021 YM. The 2020 Dodge Durango will serve as the prelude for the all-new SUV that comes totally different than before. First of all, it moves to the ladder frame and body on frame platform. That will cause many other changes, including the new production place and buyers target.
With the arrival of the new 2020 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee will get more space for development. The company already announced it is getting a three-row version. On the other hand, the new platform will make Durango much different and its fans will have to get used to the new vehicle. Still, the versatility will be there, with SRT and other trim levels back in the market for the new SUV. The new architecture also opens doors for the possible Trackhawk upgrade with a 707 hp engine.
2020 Dodge Durango Specs
Under the bonnet of the new 2020 Dodge Durango will be the same engine lineup as before. A V6 engine serves as the base one, while the pair of V8s is providing a lot of power and torque. That is exactly what the new architecture will need to prove its toughness. So, the entry-level Durango will offer a 3.6-liter unit that is capable to deliver 295 hp with a dual exhaust system, and 260 pound-feet of torque. A power router is an eight-speed auto gearbox across the entire range. The energy goes to rear wheels by default. All-wheel drive is optional.
Either V8 engine will have a special feature for the AWD system. It will deactivate cylinders when these are not needed to save fuel. Of course, you will get the full power when the tough terrain is under the 2020 Dodge Durango. A 5.7-liter V8 is a smaller displacement. It offers 360 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. Top of the class model is Durango SRT with a 6.4-liter Hemi engine capable to burst 475 hp and 470 lb-ft of twist. For a while, we can hear the SUV could get the Hellcat engine capable to produce 707 hp for Grand Cherokee. Since it is becoming a three-row SUV, it could borrow the engine to Durango, that will ride on the BoF platform.
Redesign Will Take Place in 2020
Well, the new 2020 Dodge Durango model will be unchanged. Only minor updates will announce the new SUV coming as 2021 YM. The new generation will use the new platform, target different groups of buyers, and add some off-road skills to Durango. Meanwhile, the model for 2020 is getting some of them, riding on the unibody concept. The SUV will pay the price with worse fuel economy and safety. Also, the company will move its production to new factories, probably the same where the Ram 1500 truck is built. Durango will share the platform with the full-size pickup. Also, it opens the door for the diesel engine Ram 1500 will use next year.
2020 Dodge Durango vs Jeep Grand Cherokee
Two SUVs by the same company (FCA) in the same class is not good for business. Well, the FCA realized that and decided to make radical moves for the new Durango. This SUV shared the market with Jeep Grand Cherokee. Well, Dodge’s model had a third-row option, while Jeeps’ unit offered a high-performance Trackhawk model with a 6.2-l supercharged engine and 707 hp. Still, these were minor differences and options. Now, with the Durango using a different platform, it will leave room for buyers to get some serious differences by using the same features. A three-row Grand Cherokee based on the unibody concept is not going to ride the same as the Durango with the body on frame architecture. Engines are the same, but the power distribution, riding quality, and handling are not so similar. Of course, there will be differences in prices, fuel economy, towing capacity, off-road performance…
2020 Dodge Durango Release Date
The new 2020 Dodge Durango is coming without big changes and waits for the new generation. So, the SUV will come quietly and the price is not going to suffer. At least the base cost. Upper trim levels could use some of the future equipment and features, as a part of the final redesign. Still, do not expect big visual changes. Inside the cockpit, you will find the new Uconnect system with the latest updates.
Top of the class model is still SRT with a price tag above $65,000. Well, when Durango climbs on the ladder frame and gets the Trackhawk edition, the cost will jump above $80,000. For this amount of money, you will get a lot of off-road skills, and power. The SUV will be able to set new records for top speed and 0-60 mph acceleration. Having this in mind, we can’t wait for the next-gen Durango to arrive.
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