It appears there will be a host of novelties for the 2019 Dodge Durango if latest reports are anything to go by. The crossover has been in existence for almost two decades, and three generations have been availed up to date.
According to a report, the incoming Durango conveys some visual modifications along with several updates inside. Mechanical aspects of the new car remain the same. The redesigned version, which becomes available in the second half of 2018, will bring a lot of variants.
2019 Dodge Durango Design Updates
The 2019 Dodge Durango is set to get a few updates both inside and out. For now, we’ve confirmed that the inbound auto shares a similar platform with the Grand Cherokee, although it would bear some visual deviations. Big visual modifications are evident at the front. Nevertheless, these changes are rather smaller with minor tweaks only applied to specific areas.
When it comes to dimensions, the 2019 Dodge Durango measures 201.2 inches long, 77.1 inches wide, and 71.9 inches high. It has a wheelbase of about 119.8 inches. Also, it will introduce updated bumpers, restyled grille as well as tuned lighting, such as the rear lights. The rear lamps resemble that of the incumbent model but will receive LED technology that sets the difference.
A lot of options are coming for the new 2019 Dodge Durango. Among others, the company introduces a few new paintjobs. New shades of green, blue and grey will fit perfectly with larger wheels from higher trim levels. Across these versions, we will be able to find numerous unique features and upgrades. Customizing the Durango is like a video game – each trim has special parts that you won’t be able to use on other levels.
Interior and Infotainment System
Speaking of the interior, the Dodge plots on introducing a new infotainment system comprising updated voice control function. The usual safety equipment and toys will allegedly become available. These encompass the Bluetooth, Blind Spot Monitoring and Smartphone Integration, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You can also expect Anti-collision warning and Rearview camera in all trims.
If we take apart from the infotainment, we will find 2019 Durango very functional. It is spacious for passengers while leaving enough room for third row option or a huge cargo area. With it, the crossover will be more competitive in this segment with Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot. optional packages will come with integrated trailer brake for better convenience and balance.
Lifting Dodge Durango with Lift Kit
Many buyers of previous editions of SUV asked how to lift Dodge Durango. The crossover shared lift kit with its sibling, Dodge Dakota in 1998 and 1999. With these features, this vehicle was able to use 33-inch tires. A similar package will be available for 2019 Dodge Durango. Of course, buyers will have to search for new rims and extend shocks.
2019 Dodge Durango MoPar Accessories
At the latest auto show in Chicago, MoPar presented plenty of accessories for the current Durango. Of course, the upcoming model will also benefit from it. The 2019 Dodge Durango might get performance 4-inch exhaust tips made of stainless steel. However, only SRT and R/T version are eligible for tuning. Lowering springs makes a ride lower for about 0.6 inches. With it, Durango is going to boost overall agility, even for SRT version. When we come to the styling, we will see dual stripe across the vehicle’s hood, roof, and tail. Buyers will have a choice of five colors.
2019 Dodge Durango Will have three Engine Options
The word around has it that the 2019 Dodge Durango continues with the same two engine options we’ve seen on the company’s new releases. The automaker will present a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that will power the basic model.
The supposed motor flaunts a maximum output of 293 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It comes with the eight-speed automatic transmission. An optional motor comes in the form of a large 5.7-liter Hemi unit. It has whatever it takes to spit out up to 360 horses and 390 lb-ft of torque.
The last one and powerful comes with a 6.4-liter V8 engine that produces 475 horsepower. The EPA city/highway fuel economy for this model is around 13/19 mpg. The engine comes in a pair with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
2019 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat
Top of the class model will be the 2019 Dodge Durango SRT. This version will be different in many ways, so some consider it as a separated model. It is not all about the performance-boosted engine. The appearance is following high outputs with aggressive styling. So, we will see unique bumper, skid plates, and rear end on this SUV. The engine that powers this beast is a 6.4-liter unit ready to crunch 475 horses and 470 lb-ft of torque. Another highlight is a low air intake, and some fans hope that 2019 Durango SRT will definitely match the performance of Toyota Rubicon Tail.
Durango Citadel Anodized Platinum
The 2019 Dodge Durango Citadel Anodized Platinum is the special version of the upcoming SUV. It won’t be the hot performer as its SRT sibling. But, this version will add more luxurious impression to all occupants in the cabin. The highlight is 48 cubic-feet of space behind the rear row. Well, the Citadel is using a smaller displacement, so it won’t be able to tow as the best Durango in the lineup. But 7,200 pounds of towing capacity will be enough for a lot of equipment.
2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit
The last but not the least important model will be Pursuit SUV. Law enforcement will use it for chases. With performance 2019 Dodge Durango can offer, we give small chances to criminals to escape.
Of course, the base model is heavily upgraded to serve police officers. Exterior updates include parts that will boost performance and durability. Also, new suspension pack improves stability, which is a crucial part during pursuits. The police are getting only a Pentastar V-6, while the bigger V-8 from SRT is available with Charger. It is also a part of the police squad now. AWD, an eight-speed automatic transmission with the two-speed transfer case and great off-road capability are highlights of this SUV.
2019 Dodge Durango GT
The FCA does not stop here. While we are judging about the better model, they prepare another one. It is a Durango GT. Nevertheless, according to the first images, this version is going to be very similar to the SRT. At least exterior. Well, we can say it thanks to 20-inch wheels and design of the hood. Also, there are rumors that this version is going to be one of the most acoustic in the lineup, with an 18-speaker audio system. On the other hand, the Durango GT is not going to borrow big drivetrain from SRT. The Pentastar unit will deliver enough power for this trim level.
How Much Can Dodge Durango Tow?
Towing capacity of the new Dodge Durango will depend on models buyers choose. We believe that entry-level model will keep its rating of around 6,200 pounds. This number is the same for AWD and RWD configurations. Boost comes with the R/T model. The 5.7-liter V-8 unit raises the number to 7,500 pounds with 2WD. The AWD model can tow 200 pounds less. Once again, the SRT version is above all others in this segment. Its towing capacity will go up in 2019. This beast will be on par with some trucks with the ability to tow 9,000 lbs.
2019 Dodge Durango Arrival and Cost
According to the information we’ve catered so far, the 2019 Dodge Durango will make a formal debut at the New York Auto Show in the second half of next year. It is likely to hit the auto showrooms around July next year. The Dodge hasn’t said a thing concerning the pricing details of the next SUV.
However, we can make our judgments based on the current base edition. The incumbent Dodge Durango model sells at $32,000. But given the updated tech features and inflation, we expect the automaker to raise the price a little bit. Therefore, the next generation Dodge Durango would have its value in the region of $33,000 to $34,000 for the base trims.
Which Dodge Durango is the Best?
Besides the SRT, new 2019 Dodge Durango will appear in many other trim levels. Definitely, fans of the SUV will see no match to SRT. But, the upcoming season could bring the lighter version, the RT model. It was the flagship crossover with the output of 360 hp. Now, its position holds the Durango SRT. In 2017 we could also see a special edition of the SUV. Next season could bring back the 2019 Dodge Durango Citadel. This model is the response to Jeep Grand Cherokee.
So, let’s conclude. If you are the performance-thirsty driver, then SRT is a model for you. If you are limited with the budget, then some of the standard trim levels will be enough to feel all advantages of Dodge vehicle. Finally, if you want a cozy interior and strong appearance in combination with high outputs and still affordable price, Citadel or R/T will be good solutions.