The new generation is on the way. The new platform is coming. The all-new 2021 Dodge Durango is ready to conquer the market. Now, the SUV is going to use a body-on-frame platform. It also moves to new factories. Exterior design and interior styling are still a mystery. Spy photos are not available yet. One thing is certain – Durango will be available with multiple engine choices and trim levels. We still hope the FCA will deliver the Hellcat powertrain.
In short, enthusiasts can expect a lot from the 2021 Dodge Durango. The SUV is already one of the favorite models. Still, the company decides to make a radical move. The BoF concept has many advantages for the company and Durango. First of all, the FCA is expanding its lineup. They had two similar models in the same class. Now, buyers can choose what they prefer the most (we will explain differences between unibody and body-on-frame architectures).
On the other hand, the SUV is going to explore the new market. It will offer the refresh to its fans. The all-new version is going to attract buyers, that is for sure. With the BoF platform, the 2021 Durango is going to boost its overall skills. If the company adds the Hellcat engine, then the SUV is going to be under the special spotlight.
The company already promised the new Durango after 2020 season. Official info says the SUV is heading into a new generation to leave more room to the other flagship model, Jeep Grand Cherokee. Also, the company announced the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer SUVs for the new season, as well as the three-row Grand Cherokee. That was the only thing that made Durango different from its sibling.
So, the company decides to use the new architecture for the 2021 Dodge Durango. Body-on-frame settings will bring a lot, but this architecture also takes some advantages we got used to when driving Durango.
Body on Frame – Pros and Cons
The 2021 Dodge Durango gets into the new market with the changes that expect us. The body-on-frame is an architecture used by trucks or big SUVs, larger than Durango. The only mid-size model with BoF concept is Toyota 4Runner.
There is one thing in common for these vehicles – they can tow a lot of loads. So, this is the first advantage of the new platform. To extend the lifespan, the architecture must be durable, but again, that means heavier than the standard one. Vehicles are losing on agility, but on the other side, they can take more hits, especially during off-road adventures.
The major concern is safety. Well, the big rig is going to be safe. But, unibody architecture soaks the energy to the entire body. Body and frame separately distribute the hit power only to one part.
2021 Dodge Durango Rumors (Finally Hellcat Engine?)
The 2021 Dodge Durango is one of the most versatile SUVs in the market thanks to both V6 and V8 engines. Buyers will still get the base version with the 3.6-liter V6 unit. However, the new platform will require more power, so the V8 seems to be a better fit. Well, a V6 produces a respectable amount of power – 295 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque.
A pair of V8 is certain for the new SUV. The vehicle is getting a 5.7-liter mill as the upgrade for a V6. With it, the new Durango can offer 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. Well, top of the range model remains the SRT and it is using a 6.4-liter V8 powertrain with 475 hp and 470 pound-feet of twist. It is an AWD model exclusively, and the new version could gain extra power.
Whatsoever, the biggest wish remains the Hellcat engine. Now, when the 2021 Dodge Durango is using the new platform, it will be capable to bear such power. A 6.2-liter supercharged V8 petrol unit creates 707 hp. The new Ram 1500 truck is also getting the same drivetrain. It also comes in two other configurations, delivering 717 and 797 hp. However, these are reserved for special, exotic pony cars.
2021 Dodge Durango Release Date
FCA is yet to release a model for 2020. Well, the company could skip the final version of the old SUV and pay more attention to the upcoming generation. Also, it will leave room to engineers and designers to speed up the development. Eventually, it is going to result with the earlier release date of the 2021 Dodge Durango. The sales could start in the mid-2020 and the debut is about to happen a few months before that.
Definitely, the cost of the 2021 Dodge Durango will go up. The body-on-frame platform is more expensive and the new SUV will come with increased price. The SRT is definitely the most expensive version until the Hellcat engine appears. With it, the new Durango could reach $100,000.