The forthcoming 2021 Dodge Durango will change its architecture. From now on, the mid-size SUV will ride on the body-on-frame platform. Well, that’s a nice way to start a new generation, besides the numerous visual improvements that will follow. The 2021MY will be based on the Ram 1500 light-duty pickup truck, hence these two will share many things in common.
According to the spy shots, the new Durango brings a couple of changes to the exterior design. Certainly, most important updates are bringing back the SRT trim and adding the mild-hybrid powertrain. As for the price, we expect a small jump, in comparison to the previous version. The redesigned mid-size Durango will be available in late 2020.
2021 Dodge Durango Exterior Updates
The last major refreshment for the exterior of Durango happens back in 2014. Since thane, beside the new trims, some special editions, and option packages, nothing has changed. Well, according to new spy shots it seems like the 2021MY will get a new round of updates. However, the front side of the new model is covered with heavy camo.
Still, we notice slightly redesigned bumper, while the inlet is smaller on the top, similar like we can find on the R/T ad SRT. Furthermore, the grille brings a boxier shape than before. The camouflage completely covers the lower fascia. But, it seems like the foglights are higher than on the ongoing model. Also, the dual headlights are slightly modified as well. Besides, you’ll notice the 4 emblem on the back, which indicates that the test vehicle has an all-wheel drive.
2021 Dodge Durango delivers significant updates for the cabin as well. According to the automaker, the mid-size SUV will feature the latest high-tech innovations and systems. Also, the brand-new upholstery is included. Besides, the current version provides one of the most comfortable interiors in the class.
With that in mind, we expect nothing less from the 2021MY. One thing that will remain is the 3-row configuration. The body-on-frame platform will add more space, especially in the rear part of the vehicle. As for the infotainment, Durango adds larger screens and an updated version of the software. On top of that, the rear-seat entertainment is now part of the standard equipment for the entry-level trim. Also, the new suite of driver assistance features will be available as well.
Under the hood of new 2021 Dodge Durango will be a brand-new engine. Yet, let’s not forget the standard 3.6-liter V6 unit, that will be the standard option. This mill can produce 295 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The second option is a 5.7-liter V8 engine, which produces 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque.
The maximum towing capacity f this unit is 8,000, and it comes standard with R/T and Citadel models. But, if the company is adding another engine, which of the existing ones will be discarded? Who knows, maybe the Durango include all three options. The third engine is a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 mill, rated at 475 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. This mill powers the range-topping Durango SRT.
2021 Dodge Durango Release Date and Price
The announced 2021 Dodge Durango will be available in late 2020. The mid-size SUV will start a bit higher than the ongoing model. The current starting price is $40,000. Therefore, we expect that the 2021MY will come close to the $45,000. Also, the range-topping Durango SRT will start around $65,000.