Dodge has revealed the 2021 Durango lineup with styling and cockpit updates. There’s also a new SRT Hellcat variant, available only for the 2021 model year.
The styling updates are rather subtle. There are new LED headlights with new LED running light signature, new grille patterns depending on the variant, and new 20-inch wheels across the lineup.
Features in the cockpit include a new Uconnect 5 10.1-inch touchscreen system — claimed to be 5 times faster than the previous generation; Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and wireless smartphone charging. Safety and driver assistance systems include Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, Blind-Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path Detection, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go.
As for powertrains, there’s a 3.6-litre V6 Pentastar engine with 220 kW (299 hp) and 352 Nm (260 lb-ft) of torque as standard. There’s also a 5.7-litre V8 HEMI engine, producing about 268 kW (364 hp) and 529 Nm (390 lb-ft) of torque. The Durango SRT (SRT 392) continues to be powered by a 6.4-litre V8 HEMI engine with 354 kW (481 hp) and 637 Nm (470 lb-ft) of torque.
Durango SRT Hellcat
The range-topping Durango SRT Hellcat packs a 6.2-litre V8 Supercharged HEMI engine, pumping out 530 kW (720 hp) and 875 Nm (645 lb-ft) of torque. The 2.38-litre supercharger revs up to 14,600 rpm and has a maximum boost pressure of 11.6 psi. The engine is paired with a TorqueFlite 8HP95 8-speed automatic transmission as standard, driving all four wheels.
A 0-60 mph (97 km/h) sprint is claimed to happen in 3.5 seconds. It also boasts a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h) and a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA)–certified quarter-mile elapsed time of 11.5 seconds.
The rear spoiler on the SRT Hellcat is claimed to generate a downforce of about 140 lbs (64 kg) at 180 mph (190 km/h). The suspension has been upgraded too, which is claimed to deliver more comfort in Auto mode and better handling in Track mode: rear damper top mounts are 18% stiffer; more responsiveness with 20% increase in total rebound control; more grip with reduced understeer by 2.5%, allowing the driver to go into a corner faster and exit quicker; and more stability turning into corners with an improved roll gradient of 5%.
The 2021 Durango SRT 392 borrows the rebound spring shocks and the upper rear top mounts from the SRT Hellcat suspension.
The vented rotors of the Durango SRT Hellcat measure 15.75-inches at the front and 13.8-inches at the rear, gripped by Brembo 6-piston calipers at the front and 4-piston calipers at the rear.
The Brotherhood of Muscle includes families of all sizes and the Durango delivers Dodge performance as the Charger of the 3-row SUV segment. And new for 2021, we have raised the bar even higher. The 710 (mechanical) hp Hellcat is the most powerful SUV ever. It’s the last piece of the puzzle and, alongside the Charger and Challenger, completes the Dodge brand’s performance lineup. – Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat, FCA – North America
Durango SRT Hellcat orders will open this fall and are scheduled to start arriving in dealerships early in 2021.