• Sep 2, 2010
2011 Dodge Durango – Click above for high-res image gallery

Chrysler has just pulled back the curtain on the 2011 Dodge Durango, and the newest iteration of the Auburn Hills brawler looks to have all of the bones it needs to be competitive in one of the industry's most crowded segments. For next year, the vehicle will ride on a new unibody platform wrapped in freshly-minted sheetmetal. More importantly for those looking to ferry their brood about town, it will also boast a full three rows of seating. Under the hood, buyers can look forward to picking between the company's new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 or a 5.7-liter V8 with 6,200- and 7,800-pounds of towing capacity, respectively. All-wheel drive is available with both power plants.

Chrysler hasn't provided any fuel-economy estimates just yet.

The interior was worked over by the same gurus responsible for the superb, hide-lined cabins in the Dodge Ram and Jeep Grand Cherokee, and judging by the one teaser photo the company released this morning, it looks like a fine place to whittle away the miles. There look to be a host of smaller, but equally important changes onboard the Durango as well, including an all-new Dodge emblem on the steering wheel. If you were waiting to see what the face of the new Chrysler would look like, search no more. It's here. Look for the Durango to hit dealer lots by late this year.

Hit the jump for the full press blast after checking out our high-res gallery below

[Source: Chrysler]

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Dodge Brand Product Onslaught Begins: Introducing the All-new 2011 Dodge Durango, the Performance SUV with a Soul

September 2, 2010 , Auburn Hills, Mich. –

Buckle in and hold tight. Dodge is jumping back into the sport utility (SUV) segment with the 2011 Dodge Durango, a three-row vehicle spacious enough to carry the entire crew and performance-tuned to thrill anyone who truly loves to drive. Durango will lead the Dodge brand's new product onslaught for 2011.

From its sleek exterior design to its modern, spacious interior, and intelligent, fuel-efficient and powerful powertrain options, the 2011 Dodge Durango is all-new from the inside out. And the changes are more than skin deep. The Durango's stiffened unibody structure is engineered with the driving enthusiast in mind. The end result is a vehicle that delivers premium driving performance combined with SUV capability and crossover versatility.

The all-new Durango features two engine options: the standard fuel-efficient 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and the available 5.7-liter HEMI engine with fuel-saving, Multi-displacement system (MDS) four-cylinder mode. Both engines feature variable-valve timing (VVT) and are available with all-wheel drive. In addition to great efficiency, the engines provide exceptional V-6 and V-8 towing capability with standard trailer sway control (V-8 - 7,400 lbs. and Best-in-class V-6 – 6,200 lbs.). When equipped with the HEMI® V-8, the all-new Durango can tow more weight than a 24-foot boat and trailer.

The Durango's all-new interior is a surprise owners always deserved but never expected. Created by the same interior design studio that designed the much-lauded interior in the Ram trucks and the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Durango's luxurious interior materials and thoughtful touches will make owners and their crews want to jump in, hunker down and thoroughly enjoy even the longest drive. Everywhere they touch, Durango passengers will feel materials that are refined and soft to the touch. Not only is it a pleasure to behold, it is extremely functional and gives owners a first-class experience, regardless of the trim level. Durango's interior is also extremely comfortable for all three rows of passengers, and there's a surprising amount of interior flexibility. With 22 different seating configurations, there's plenty of room to store and move plenty of people and their gear.

The all-new 2011 Dodge Durango also offers consumers 45 safety and security features, including standard front seat-mounted side air bags and standard side-curtain air bags that cover passengers in all three rows, as well as all-new standard active head restraints. Electronic Stability Control also is standard. Other available safety and security technologies include Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and Keyless Enter-n' Go.

The best part is, consumers will get all of the all-new Durango's capability, functionality and flexibility and still get excellent fuel efficiency. In fact, drivers can go more than 500 miles, that's the distance from San Diego to San Francisco or from Detroit to New York City, without having to stop for fuel.

Built at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, Mich., the new 2011 Dodge Durango arrives in showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2010.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      If only they would make a Dakota that looks like that.

      Nice job.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chrysler was pressured to get this out in the wake of news of the company's financial woes (although both Ram and Dodge division sales were up in August y-o-y). The styling is sophisticated to the point where I agree that from many angles it looks almost like Toyota had a hand in it's design. Front facia says "Dodge" alright, but overall it's just not really breakthrough so much as it's catch-up. And IMHO, that "logo" is anything but. At best it looks like as stopgap measure and at worse it could be they didn't want to spend the money because they haven't solidified long-term plans for the division.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's with the Citadel badging?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dodge is moving to "names" for trim levels (e.g. Caliber Rush, Express, Heat,) instead of gibberish like SE, SXT, etc. "Citadel" is/was one of the trim names under consideration for the Durango, though I don't know if it's going to make the final cut. Doesn't really seem to fit the vehicle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wasn't Citadel a concept crossover (before they were called that) for Chrysler? It was what sadly evolved into the Pacifica, but the Citadel itself woulda been kinda cool at the time...


        "Durango Citadel" sounds like the Salvation Army HQ in a Colorado city... it's a little discordant as a model and trim level, but in general I like the idea of names versus meaningless letters.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've already forgotten the Gen II Durango ever existed. ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good job,Dodge.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey Dodge nice

      But its a jeep cherokee WTF """
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great job Dodge!
      What's the interior like?
      Now Chrysler needs to bring back the Pacific on this chassis and a very different body style as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No one else thinks this looks like a gigantic Dodge Journey? I mean it's not bad looking and certainly an improvement over the original.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Probably not if you've even seen the Gen I Durango. More like a cross with that and the Gen I Equinox.

        Besides, they'd have to work too hard to put the effort into making another interior as hideous at the Journey's.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shocker, to all the haters this Chrysler/Fiat deal is not looking so bad after all! Is it? As I said before this is one happy Mopar fan that is smiling ear to ear! Keep up the good work fellas!
      • 4 Years Ago
      WOW!! Sweet SUV!!! Light years ahead of the last one. Congrats Dodge!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey Autoblog: You guys forgot to post up the interior photos in the gallery.

      Hey Dodge: Great job on the exterior!!!
        • 4 Years Ago

        This is what I see =/ An improvement...but there is, in one way or another, influence on the new Durango.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am with you, I really like it, but no interior pictures?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Golbo Tua!: Ummm, no.
        Not for those of use who doesn't need the 3rd row and would appreciate it being a little smaller instead. In addition to real 4-wheel drive and other off-road goodies on the Jeep.
        I think they complement each other quite nicely.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Did you look at the back end? It's just as ugly as the Jeep's. Huge, silly-looking brake lights with a tacky strip of chrome in-between. In person, on the Jeep, that piece is huge and ungainly. It looks just like the GMC Terrain, which itself looks terrible from the back.

        I'm a big fan of the American 'car' resurgence, but I'm getting pretty tired of designers giving up on the back end designs of their products.

        Also, that uptick on the beltline by the C and D pillars screams two-generations-ago GMC Yukon.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So if the Jeep GC is built of the Mercedes ML platfoorm, and the Durango is based of a stretch platform of those two like the Mercedes GL, than that is not a bad thing for the Durango to be based off!

        And that 7800# Towing limit looks to beat Explorer quite well! Seeing how both start around $30k today, I'd like to see the pricing for both the GC and Durango... Especially since there is a $15k difference between the ML and GL!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hmmm....this makes the New Jeep....look....rather...

        • 4 Years Ago
        I think comparisons are going to come down to 2-rows vs 3-rows of seats:
        - Explorer vs. Durango (both unibody, Expedition is BOF vs Suburban/Tahoe)
        - Jeep GC vs. Edge (to some extent), Explorer - SUV vs. SUV

        Mileage is the #1 reason buyers left the SUV market for CUV - NOT Towing!

        Ford's focus on MPG, especially with the 2.0 I4 EcoBoost is going to be a "game changer" for Ford... good luck Crisisler.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I can see a lot of the Toyota Highlander in this new one. Lame, Dodge, lame.
        • 4 Years Ago

        LMFAO !!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Great job on the exterior except the rear liftgate, which looks IDENTICAL to the GC's! What on earth, guys? You customize the rest of the car and make it really unique and then give the charade up by not even trying to differentiate the models from behind - especially with the taillights!
        • 4 Years Ago

        The new Explorer is down on towing in comparison, but it'll be up on gas mileage. The Jeep Grand Cherokee only manages 16/23 in 2wd. That means the new Durango isn't likely to be any better. The Explorer will likely be equal or better than the Flex which means 17/24 or 18/25.

        I guess it's different strokes for different folks. If you need a bit more towing, go for the Durango. If you want a bit better mileage, go for the Explorer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks like the unibody shape from the Cherokee, which if it IS the same unibody from the Cherokee, it was probably a good idea.
        • 4 Years Ago
        To everyone who's comparing this to the Explorer; Isn't the Durango a direct competitor to the Expedition, not the Explorer? Not to say no one will compare the two when shopping for a new SUV, but the Jeep GC is a better direct competitor to the Explorer than the Durango. That said, this Durango is a lot better than the older versions. Just waiting to see all the new Aspens driving around my neighborhood.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now Dodge should release a police version to compete with the fugly Explorer. This thing would be one mean looking police vehicle. I like what I see of it though, I'm just somewhat confused why this isn't a Ram, since Ram is supposed to be the truck division and this is an SUV.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its not an SUV ...it has been reborn as a CUV. Note the AWD badging as opposed to 4X4.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Its not an SUV ...it has been reborn as a CUV. Note the AWD badging as opposed to 4X4."

        I think the Durango has been AWD since the 2004 redesign.
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