To a unibody platform and back! That would be the best way to describe this nameplate. While the original model was a typical body-on-frame SUV, the current generation switched to a unibody platform and become a typical crossover. However, it looks like this will change soon and that the next generation will once again ride on a traditional BoF architecture. The 2021 Dodge Durango won’t be closely related to the Grand Cherokee anymore.
The famous Jeep model will carry on with a crossover design, based on the Giorgio platform, while the Durango is about to become far more capable. According to the latest reports, the new model will arrive already in the next year.
- Bigger and more capable than ever
- Powerful engine options
- Upscale interior
- Should feature class-leading towing ratings
- Still waits for the official confirmation
This redesign is about to bring tons of novelties. Of course, the platform is most important. Latest reports suggest the new 2021 Dodge Durango will share the architecture and most of its parts with the upcoming Jeep Wagoneer and recently redesigned Ram 1500. This clearly indicates that the new Durango will become notably bigger and compete in the segment of full-size SUVs, with models like Chevy Tahoe and Ford Expedition. Another thing we expect to see from the 2021 Dodge Durango is an independent rear suspension. This feature is becoming a common thing in the class and it brings significant improvements in terms of the comfort and overall ride quality.
Of course, we count on new mechanics as well. Most likely, the front end will be designed in the same manner as the new Ram 1500, though we won’t exclude the possibility to see a bunch of exclusive details. The rest of the vehicle is about to come in a typical SUV body style, with a typical wagon-like layout.
The only thing about the new cabin that is for sure is that it will be very spacious. Considering that the 2021 Dodge Durango will become a full-size SUV, we count on three very spacious rows of seats, able to accommodate up to 8 adult passengers. On the other side, details about the dashboard layout and the rest of the cabin layout are still a mystery. We don’t know how the new aesthetics will look like. Still, we may presume that a lot of inspiration will come from the Ram 1500. The new truck features an impressive interior quality, which comes with hi-grade materials, plenty of styles and a full load of tech features. We expect nothing less from the 2021 Dodge Durango.
We expect to see a whole palette of FCA’s familiar engines in the offer. Most likely, the base 2021 Dodge Durango will feature a familiar 3.6-liter V6, which is good for about 305 horsepower. Of course, we have no doubt that two well-known Hemi units will be in the offer too. Those are 5.7- and 6.4-liter units, though we don’t know the exact output details at the moment.
We also count on a familiar 3.0-liter inline-six turbodiesel, the same one that will debut in the Ram 1500 soon. This engine is good for about 260 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.
Finally, some reports are also suggesting a hi-performance version, under the SRT badge. Of course, this model would come with a monstrous 6.2-liter Supercharged V8 engine, which delivers over 700 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.
2021 Dodge Durango Release Date and Price
The new 2021 Dodge Durango is still in the stage of development, so we can’t talk about details. Still, we may presume that the new model will hit the market sometime in the second half of the next year. If we consider price tags of the competitors, we presume that base models will go slightly under $50,000.