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2011 Dodge Durango teaser site (test version) - Click above for high-res image gallery

Magnum? Durango? There's been plenty of banter about which nameplate Dodge's new unibody SUV will ultimately wear, but now it seems we can put the debate to rest. At least two Autoblog readers have stumbled across the test version of the forthcoming 2011 Dodge Durango teaser website. Not only is "Durango" in the test URL, but "2011 Durango" is in the page's title tags, and the landing page of Dodge's test site lists it as an upcoming model. (Note to Chrysler: if you want to keep this sort of thing under wraps, don't use a public-facing test subdomain.)

The teaser site itself is fairly typical. Visitors can page through several close-up images, join a mailing list, and spread the news via social media. In fact, the Facebook share feature reveals the teaser site's eventual production URL. Finally, the website appears to confirm that the Durango will be sold as a 2011 model and not a 2012 as has been speculated. Our favorite part of the test teaser site, however, is the embedded audio. The music currently being used as a placeholder/audio test is the Benny Hill theme.

With both the 2011 Dodge Durango and the 2011 Ford Explorer now on unibody platforms, it'll be interesting to how consumers perceive the two vehicles. While Ford is pushing the Explorer as an SUV rather than a crossover, the new Durango's Jeep lineage (it shares its basic architecture with the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, remember) could give it a significant advantage among those looking for a "real" SUV. Thanks to Matt and Bored for the tips!


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm SO glad they decided to keep the Durango name, the Magnum name had been so overused, being on not one but TWO car lines (very short-lived ones at that) and a series of V8 engines... Dodge needs to permanently exorcise that name from their collective vernacular - it's DONE.

      Anyway, glad to see Dodge seeming to fight the good fight in the new crossover SUV arena. Now let's see an SRT version.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just call 'em what they are: wagons. Ain't no one being fooled into thinking a unibody, car-based vehicle is an SUV.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Magnum and Grand Cherokee are FWD-based??

        You'd better go check your sources, neither is. You buy a 2WD version of either and you get RWD, always have.

        The Grand Cherokee was co-developed with the M-B M-Class(which is also RWD) and the same platform is used for the new Durango as well. There is no car chassis there that it was derived from, unlike the new Explorer(which is based on the Taurus/Flex platform).

        Clueless.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Making a mistake due to the fact that they considered using the name Magnum instead of Durango and not knowing that a Grand Cherokee and Durango are RWD-based are quite different mistakes in my mind, perhaps not in yours.

        I guess I just expect slightly more from people who post on an auto enthusiast website.

        I also corrected my mistake immediately while you went on about 3 posts before you admitted your error.

        Regardless, perhaps it was a bit harsh, but I hope you can also understand why I might choose to use the term.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I do believe you're right. My bad. Maybe thinking of something else. I like how you call me 'clueless' then apologize for making an error in your comment. Classy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Write Chrysler.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nor do I. Being clueless is an adjective, not a name to call someone. Do you take offense when someone calls you clever as well?

        Merriam-Webster describes it as such:
        - " 1 : having or providing no clue
        2 : completely or hopelessly bewildered, unaware, ignorant, or foolish " -

        I stand by my statement. Your first few posts showed that you were without a clue as to what you were speaking, thus clueless.

        I just don't think it's too much to ask for people to have some idea of what they are talking about when they post. Especially when their post is specifically designed to degrade a certain vehicle(or vehicle type).

        I'd have no issue with it if you were correct, but you weren't and that was the point of my initial post which you now agree with.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry, meant Durango where I said Magnum at first.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Couldn't say...but they're both front wheel drive, so I'm sure they're based on shared car underpinnings.
      • 4 Years Ago
      hmm how about that redesigned jeep wrangler with the new engine any info?
        • 4 Years Ago
        We'll probably see it some time this week, in addition to the redesigned Jeep Compass and Patriot. Allpar is saying Compass is going to be redesigned to look like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, might even get Freedom Drive II and "Trail Rated" certification. Patriot less so, but one new drivetrain (probably Pentastar) is to be debuted on both, and possibly the Wrangler as well.

        Gon' be a cool week methinks!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Durango name makes more sense. The Magnum was never as popular.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Actually major urbanization happened 100 years ago. Now most people have fled urban centers to outlying housing communities (suburbs) Most people don't live in cities. They either live in suburbs and commute or live in rural areas.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The jeeps are body welded on frame anyways, their frames are heavier and tougher than most other unibodies. Honda picked this method for their ridgeline when it came out.

      No need for a jeep to be a BOF vehicle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So the Durango actually shares the platform with the new GC? I wonder if that means buyers can get near GC off-road capabilities at a discount price?

      I know their quadra-trac or whatever they're calling their 4wd system now probably won't be on the Durango, but a cheaper GC that's somewhat as capable sounds good to me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      you think the USA is "heavily populated" and "urbanized"???? What are you on??? With the exception of a few conjested urban centers, the vast majority of the country is open space.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I vote for "Mango".
      • 4 Years Ago
      This was the smartest choice. The site still up, you can see a bigger preview of the new Dodge Durango.

      The front end is gorgeous. I'm loving the headlights, and the grille. I was hesitating about the new Explorer, but I think the new DD will be the right for me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good choice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Smart move to keep Durango. Magnum is a car model name and although these SUVs are more car than truck, it was a stupid name to allow being attached to this vehicle.
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