• Jun 9, 2010
2012 Dodge Durango/Magnum spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Just as Chrysler puts the finishing touches on the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, our spies have captured its platform mate, the 2012 Dodge Durango/Magnum (we still aren't sure what the final name will be), out testing near the company's Auburn Hills, Michigan headquarters. Not much has changed since the last time the new Dodge crossover was spied, but seeing the prototype running around near Chrysler HQ means that more of the swirly camouflage could be coming off in the next few months.

When the new Durango/Magnum officially launches next year, expect it to be available with Chrysler's new 3.6-liter V6 and possibly a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 (much like the new Jeep). The front end looks similar to that of the Ram pickup, and since the Ram brand has been spun off to house Dodge's truck offerings, don't be shocked if the new Durango falls under that umbrella. If development and testing continue at a steady pace, we'll likely get to see the finished product at either the 2010 Los Angeles or 2011 Detroit Auto Show.



[Source: KGP Photography]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The Ram Magnum. Sounds quite macho.
      • 4 Years Ago
      definitely an Improvement.
      • 4 Years Ago
      RAM Magnum sounds vaguely dirty
        • 4 Years Ago
        It will be followed up with a smaller CUV called the Ram Trojan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So, no 3rd row if the GC platform is used.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No. This longer than the GC purposely to fit a 3rd row.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was thinking the same thing. This should carry the RAM badge...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Meh...another SUV. Let's give us a remake of the Magnum, the most bad a$$ station wagon by far.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So what about Jeep then? BMW?

        The crossbar grill has been used since the 90's. I don't think it's going anywhere.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As awesome as the Magnum was (especially in SRT8 trim), i certainly wouldnt put it ahead of other monster wagons like the Caddy CTS-V, Mercedes E63 AMG, and Audi RS6 Avant ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        why would they bring the Magnum (wagon) back when few people bought it the first time? That *is* why the canceled it, after all.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @dandaman115
        I agree I wouldnt put it ahead of those who you listed but for a offering from Dodge it was great for what it was when it came out. That and the price point was much lower also.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Me neither, but the Magnum was 1/4 the price too........u got an awesome car for the money.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am a proud owner of an '08 Magnum SXT (bought CPO for a steal last year) and I hope they keep the Magnum nameplate off this large SUV.

        I've always liked the name Durango anyway...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have to agree. The Magnum was a great wagon and atleast in my eyes loved by some of the tuner crowd in terms of customizing and a desire to own. Still kinda baffled why they axed the car.

        And on this thing um.. no more corporate grill!!! How long have they milked that grill now close to what 10 years now? That and it looks like a truck grill on all their cars and if its a truck its a Ram now right? 'eh well I'm not in charge right.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looking good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let me say sir that is the worst paint job I have seen since the Partridge bus!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Meh
      • 4 Years Ago
      To be fair, the Magnum initially sold well (for a wagon) then fell off because Dodge totally stopped advertising it once the Charger came out. Obviously a 4 door sedan will sell better than a wagon, but even if it had 25% the sales it should have ben kept, since nearly everything on the vehicle was from either the Charger (interior) or 300 (everything else).

      There is also speculation that it was dropped to make room for the Challenger on the production line.

      Still, I loved the Magnum.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I owned a first generation Durango and loved it. It was flawless and tough as nails.
      I hope it remains a Dodge and is still called "Durango". Dodge should just re-release the Magnum "flying spur" which is sold as a Chrysler, I believe, in Europe and keep the Durango moniker on a very popular SUV with a loyal following.
      I will hold off on my Grand Cherokee purchase until I see this new Durango. If it carries the same upscale interior and features as the Limited model GC, I'm going with the Dodge. That front end is just so TOUGH !!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who just sees a jumbo journey?
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