According to the latest reports, we may expect pretty big changes for the next year, as the all-new 2021 Dodge Durango is about to come. The current generation has been around for almost a decade, so a complete overhaul seems natural. However, we are about to see changes that are bigger than usual. We are about to see a significant switch in terms of the platform. The current generation switched to a crossover, unibody platform, while the new model will come back to a good old body-in-frame architecture.
With a truck-based design, we expect from the 2021 Dodge Durango to get bigger as well. It should compete with full-size models, such as the Chevy Tahoe and Ford Expedition. Also, we should see some interesting novelties under the hood. The new model will be very interesting to see, so it may have a premiere already in the first half of the next year. Of course, sales would start a little bit later.
2021 Dodge Durango Redesign
The 2021 Dodge Durango redesign will bring lots of novelties but there is no doubt that the most interesting aspect of this model will be a new platform. It looks like Durango is going to be a genuine SUV once again. Nine years ago, it came with a pretty radical redesign, which has brought a unibody platform and design characteristics shared with Grand Cherokee. Now, it looks like it comes back to a BoF architecture.
Moreover, it will get bigger, so we have no doubt that the new model would ride on the same platform as the new Ram 1500. This is a pretty rugged platform, which promises excellent capabilities from the future 2021 Dodge Durango, especially if we consider that it will come with a palette of powerful engines.
When it comes to the exterior design, we have no doubt that the new 2021 Dodge Durango will adopt the same design language as its future truck sibling. This means a lot of things in common, particularly at the front, but we also count on a new, more rugged visual appearance. We count on a typical SUV layout, with a wagon-like body, but that won’t be a radical change, given the fact that the current model already features a pretty SUV-ish appearance. In terms of size, we expect that the new model will be notably bigger.
This particularly refers to the wheelbase. The current model measures around 119.9 inches, while the new model should add a couple of inches between the axles, which would provide even more space on the inside. Also, we expect to see at least one performance version, which would come with several styling and mechanical updates. Some reports also suggest an off-road version.
When it comes to interior design, we expect a significant update compared to the current model. The current model shows signs of aging, although we have to say that the overall quality is pretty good. The next generation should bring a luxurious cabin, something similar to the new Ram 1500. This includes all kinds of hi-quality materials throughout the cabin, as well as loads of tech features, including a large 12-inch touchscreen on the center stack.
The current generation is already quite spacious, but may expect even more in the new model. The 2021 Dodge Durango will come standard with three rows of seats and each row should be spacious to comfortably accommodate adult passengers. Also, we count on a quite generous cargo volume.
2021 Dodge Durango Engines
In terms of the powertrain, we presume that the new model will feature a similar lineup to the new Ram 1500. This includes a wide range of engines, starting from a well-known 3.6-liter Pentastar unit, equipped with a new eTorque mild hybrid system. The same system comes with a large 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine, which delivers around 395 horsepower.
A diesel version is also expected. Of course, we count on a well-known 3.0-liter inline-six turbodiesel, which delivers around 260 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. Finally, there is a chance to see a hi-performance version in the offer as well. This one would feature some of the bigger V8 engines, maybe even a Hellcat unit.
2021 Dodge Durango Release Date and Price
We are still waiting to hear more details about the 2021 Dodge Durango from the officials. At this point, we may presume that the new model would hit the market sometime in the next year, probably in the third quarter. When it comes to the price, we count on figures that are typical for the class, which means around 45-50.000 dollars for base models. Key competitors should be models like Chevy Tahoe, Ford Expedition, GMC Yukon etc.