|Parent company||Chrysler (1997, 2008–2009)|
|Body style(s)||4-door SUV|
|Layout||Front engine, rear-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive|
The Dodge Durango is a full-size SUV from Chrysler's Dodge brand. It was introduced in 1998 as a mid-size SUV, and as a replacement for the Ramcharger discontinued in the North American market in 1993, and was redesigned for 2004. The Durango was produced at the Newark Assembly plant in Newark, Delaware until the end of 2008.
|Platform||Chrysler DN platform|
|Engine(s)||3.9 L (238 cu in) Magnum V6 |
4.7 L (287 cu in) PowerTech V8
5.2 L (318 cu in) Magnum V8
5.9 L (360 cu in) Magnum V8
|Transmission(s)||4-speed TorqueFlite automatic|
|Wheelbase||116.2 in (2951 mm)|
|Length||193.5 in (4915 mm) (2001-03) |
193.3 in (4910 mm) (1998-2000)
|Width||71.5 in (1816 mm) (1998-2000) |
71.3 in (1811 mm) (2001-03)
|Height||70.0 in (1778 mm) (2001-03) |
72.9 in (1852 mm) (1998-2000)
The Durango was launched just after the second generation Dodge Dakota on which it was based. During the late 1980s, Chrysler designers had proposed building an SUV version of the Dakota pickup, but this was shelved when the Jeep division was about to release the Jeep Grand Cherokee as their flagship SUV. The Durango was marketed as a sturdy truck-based SUV designed to hold up to seven passengers and tow up to 6,700 lb (3,039 kg). The 4.7 L PowerTech V8 replaced the 5.2 L engine for 2000. In that same year a special all wheel drive performance version called the R/T was released with a 5.9 L V8 engine.
2001 saw a few revisions, including a redesigned interior, including a new dash, door panels, and revised seats. Other minor changes redesigned aluminium wheels, and minor changes to trim options.
- 1998-2003 - SLT
- 1998-2003 - SLT PLUS
- 1999-2001 - Sport
- 2001-2003 - SXT
- 1999-2003 - R/T
- 1998–2000 — 5.2 L (318 cu in) Magnum V8, 230 hp (172 kW)
- 1999–2000 — 3.9 L (238 cu in) Magnum V6, 175 hp (130 kW)
- 1998–2003 — 5.9 L (360 cu in) Magnum V8, 245 hp (183 kW)
- 2000–2003 — 4.7 L (287 cu in) PowerTech V8, 235 hp (175 kW)
|2004 - 2006 2007 - 2009|
|Engine(s)||3.7 L (226 cu in) PowerTech V6 |
4.7 L (287 cu in) PowerTech V8
5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi V8
|Transmission(s)||4-speed 42RLE automatic|
|Wheelbase||119.2 in (3028 mm)|
|Length||200.8 in (5100 mm) |
Hybrid: 202.1 in (5133 mm)
|Width||76.0 in (1930 mm)|
|Height||74.3 in (1887 mm) |
Hybrid: 73.6 in (1869 mm)
|Related||Chrysler Aspen |
The second generation Durango debuted shortly before the companion Dakota. Like the Dakota, it has much in common with the large Dodge Ram pickup, including a fully-boxed frame. And like the first generation model, its front grille resembles the Dakota's. It is 7 in (177.8 mm). longer, 2 in (50.8 mm). wider, and 3 in (76.2 mm). taller than the previous model. For this model year, it offered a full third row with three seats, making the Durango an 8 Passenger SUV. The design has also has taken styling cues from the Dodge Powerbox concept as the design look similar except that the front fascia is more normal while the Powerbox had a different look. Chrysler introduced its own version of the Durango, the Chrysler Aspen, for the 2007 model year. The Durango became nearly a full-size SUV this time — although technically it is still classified as mid-size, and the upcoming Dodge Journey on the Avenger platform filled Dodge's mid-size SUV gap as a 2009 model.
The 2007 model was reworked to halt a sales decline, debuting at the Dallas Auto Show in April 2006. It includes a reworked front clip with a new fascia, grille, hood, and headlamps as well as updated fenders and wheels. New features include electronic stability program, tire pressure monitoring system, rear park assist, and a one-touch turn signal. The 2007 model also has a reworked floor, third-row seats, and electrical system in preparation for the 2009 hybrid version.
Chrysler started to build the Dodge Durango Hybrid 2009 in fall 2008, featuring the 340 hp (254 kW) 5.7 L (≈348 cu in) Hemi engine with MDS as well as the new Two-Mode Hybrid system developed with General Motors and BMW. The manufacturer claimed an almost 25% gain overall fuel fuel economy and an almost 40% gain in the city. EPA testing on the Hybrid Durango with the Hemi V8 engine indicates fuel mileage to be about 20 miles per US gallon (12 L/100 km; 24 mpg-imp) (city) and 22 miles per US gallon (11 L/100 km; 26 mpg-imp) (highway) for 2009 model. The normal (non-hybrid) Durango with the 5.7L Hemi and 4WD gets 13 miles per US gallon (18 L/100 km; 16 mpg-imp) (city) and 19 miles per US gallon (12 L/100 km; 23 mpg-imp) (highway).
The 2009 Dodge Durango Hybrid has a starting MSRP of $45,340.  Production of the hybrid models (this included Chrysler Aspen Hybrid as well) began on August 22 2008. Chrysler received approximately 3000 pre-orders from dealers. By early November 2008, 400 of the hybrid S.U.V.’s, including Chrysler Aspen, had already been built.
On October 23, 2008, Chrysler announced that the shutdown of the Newark Assembly facility producing the Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen would be moved up to the end of 2008, effectively ending production of the Durango and Durango Hybrid for the 2009 model year. 
- SXT 2004-2009
- SLT 2000-2009
- SLT Plus 2002-2009
- Night Runner 2005-2007
- Limited 2004-2009
- Adventurer 2005-2008
- 2004–2009 - 3.7 L PowerTech V6, 210 hp (157 kW) at 5200 rpm and 235 lb·ft (319 N·m) at 4000 rpm
- 2004–2007 - 4.7 L PowerTech V8, 235 hp (175 kW) at 4500 rpm and 300 lb·ft (407 N·m) at 3600 rpm
- 2004–2009 - 5.7 L Hemi V8, 335 hp (250 kW) at 5200 rpm and 370 lb·ft (502 N·m) at 4200 rpm (MDS [Multi-Displacement System] equipped for 2006+ 5.7L engines for improved fuel mileage)
- 2007-2009 - 4.7 L flex-fuel PowerTech V8, 235 hp (175 kW) at 4500 rpm and 300 lb·ft (407 N·m) at 3600 rpm
- 2008-2009 - 4.7 L PowerTech V8, 303 hp (226 kW) at 5,650 rpm and 330 lb·ft (447 N·m) at 3,950 rpm (3 valves per cylinder)
Total American sales
- Bloomberg: Chrysler to Drop First Hybrids, After October Debut (Update2)
- "hybrid: two-mode system". Dodge.com. http://www.dodge.com/en/2009/durango/hybrid/two_mode_system/. Retrieved on 2008-11-20. "The 2009 Durango HEMI® Hybrid takes that a step further with its two-mode system that integrates a hybrid-electric drive system – which reduces fuel consumption by almost 40 percent while running errands in town<...> The payoff is an increased overall fuel economy of nearly 25 percent."
- Chrysler's new hybrid SUVs score a 20/22 mpg from the EPA
- www.fueleconomy.gov, 2009 Dodge Durango 4WD
- www.autotropolis.com | Chrysler announces starting MSRP for 2009 Dodge Durango HEMI Hybrid
- Edmunds Insideline: Chrysler Kills Durango and Aspen Hybrids
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