• Aug 16, 2010
2011 Dodge Durango teasers – Click above for high-res image gallery

Only days after our readers stumbled upon Dodge's test site for the 2011 Durango, the official word has been given from Chrysler that its new unibody SUV/crossover will, in fact, wear the Durango nameplate. As you'll recall, this new Dodge sport-ute was rumored to serve as a rebirth for the Magnum moniker, but it appears that those plans – if indeed they ever existed – have been scrapped.

The 2011 Durango shares the vast majority of its architecture from the new Jeep Grand Cherokee (which isn't a bad point to work from), and we expect both the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and 5.7-liter Hemi V8 to be available underhood. Curiously, Dodge refers to the new Durango as a "three-row performance SUV" in its press release, which leads us to believe that Chrysler might have another trick or two up its sleeve. Durango SRT8? Makes sense, especially since the new 6.4-liter Hemi is slated for use in the Grand Cherokee. We also note that Dodge doesn't appear to be playing up the Durango as an off-road model, either, at least where badging is concerned – instead of proclaiming the new model available with four-wheel drive, they've added an all-wheel drive badge (as seen above).

For now, you can see plenty of teaser images of the 2011 Durango in the gallery below, and Chrysler has even provided a slideshow of images for your viewing pleasure after the jump. Expect the full details on the new Durango to be released in the next few weeks.



[Source: Chrysler]



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All-new 2011 Dodge Durango Sneak Peek

August 16, 2010 , Auburn Hills, Mich.

Fast lines and slick interior; images of Dodge's new SUV can be viewed at www.dodge.com/2011Durango. The brand is revealing a few sneak peeks that highlight design characteristics of the 2011 Dodge Durango. Look for more of this all-new three-row performance SUV in the coming weeks.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I've always been a dodge fan and used to own an 04 Durango and loved that beast to death. After that I picked up a car and don't know if I can go back to the bigger vehicles because of my new found love for gas mileage. Buuuuut, I don't know how long I'll be able to resist when I start seeing these on the road. Damn you dodge!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't wait to see the '11 Durango. Kudos to Dodge for keeping the Durango name.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those are some really large wrap-around taillights.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am glad they kept the name. It makes sense. What does not make sense? The emblem change and RAM being a truck brand.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Durango name was the right choice, especially for the extremely popular and durable first generation, whos owners were disappointed by the second generation, but still wanted a Durango based on positive experience. This Durango appears to fill the bill and then some. WHAT A KNOCKOUT!!!!
      The new Grand Cherokee is an absolute winner and this forms the foundation for this vastly improved Durango. Can't get better than that folks.
      My wife loves the Jeep and I really like the super macho Durango. This will be a tough decision, but it will be a Jeep or a Dodge, nothing else comes close.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Boooooooooooooooring.

      Give me a new Explorer or Grand Cherokee over this any day.

      I thought the idea was for Jeep to have SUVs, Dodge to have entry level cars, Chrysler to have luxury with no overlap. Did this business model disappear?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Remember that the Durango platform is indeed a unibody design. The platform was updated/created with the Grand Cherokee & future ML-, GL- R-class in mind. So it can get much bigger and what Chrysler has done with it.

        It is capable of off-road duty. Period. But it's not meant for regular off-road duty --- just well made such that that it could be taken off-road ---- by why would you? Think Yukon Denali/Escalade, Land Cruiser/LX570 ---- would you take them off-road? These SUVs are meant for the entry-, mid-, and full-level luxury categories that cover the vehicles from Chrysler, Dodge, and Mercedes-Benz.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not a crossover, though it is unibody with fully independent suspension. As stated before, it's basically the Dodge version of the new Grand Cherokee, so expect towing capacity and fuel economy to be the same as is it is for the new Grand -- Class IV towing, 7400lb limit "when properly equipped". 16/23mpg with the V6, and 14/20 with the V8.

        Compared to the new Explorer, the Durango will offer... a V8 (360hp/390lb-ft), something you won't be able to get in the new Explorer. And of course that Class IV 7400lb towing rating, vs the Explorer's Class III (5,000lb) limit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This seems to reveal the folly of creating the "Ram" brand. So if Ram is trucks, what would a Dakota replacement be (even if there is not one in the works at the moment...brands are supposed to have a long-term vision)? Sure, Durango is a passenger vehicle and the full-size Ram is a pickup truck, but, in most of the pickup's configurations, it holds 5-6 passengers. If Ram were to be a "truck brand" the way GMC is a truck brand, Durango would fit just fine. But "Ram Durango" sounds silly. In fact, Ram anything sounds bad, like you're suggesting what someone do with it.

        Wouldn't be surprised if the Ram brand reverts to Dodge within five years...
      • 4 Years Ago
      It was the right choice I think.

      I was hesitating about getting the new Explorer, but I really like the new Durango. Great front end headlights, great and the overall shape.

        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Not THAT Matt:

        The 3rd row?

        Some might like the styling better as well. Plus, I hear it's not going to be as pricey as the GC. If you don't need the fancier 4x4 system, you can get an AWD(I assume sans low range) Durango and save a bit as well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1, thank you for keeping the Durango name, Dodge.

        Ford's unibody (Explorer) vs. Dodge's.....nice showdown! The Explorer posts some tough competition....
        • 4 Years Ago
        The new Explorer looks pretty good, but is there a *good* reason you'd want this over the new Jeep GC?
      hex311k
      • 4 Years Ago
      it looks like its gonna be a nice tuck but i really think they could have mocked up a different back end, from what i sw its a carbon copy of the jeep version and i feel that in 2010, stable-mates have no reason to look like each other. but over all will probably be a nice tuck.

      Although, I still like the (new) explorer better!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @hex311k
        Take a closer look there buddy, the Dodge rear end is a lot more rounded and curvy where the Jeep has a lot more straight lines. They are very similar though, I suspect they both use the same door inner panel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice Dodge Grand Cherokee you got there. I thought you were done playing the Badge Engineer game Cerberus.
        • 4 Years Ago
        John just hasn't grasped the difference between badge engineering and platform sharing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're 100% correct, just besides the fact that it has completely different exterior styling, an additional row of seating and that Chrysler hasn't been owned by Cerberus for some time...
      • 4 Years Ago


      Wondering if the new Durango will have the same legendary residual values as the old one?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I hear you there. Whenever a Durango pulls onto my lot, we cower in fear. The only vehicle worse is the entire Suzuki lineup. If they're not paid off, they are absolutely buried.
      • 4 Years Ago
      From what I can see just from the teasers, the back end of the Durango will also be completely different from the GC. Different liftgate glass design, different taillights, different license plate brow, different liftgate crease by the taillights/plate area, and most likely a new bumper as well. We've all seen the front and side views in spy shots, so its clear that these two vehicles are not sharing much at all on the outside. The only place they look similar is in the windshield/a-pillar area.
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