Billing its brand-new high-performance SUV as domestic, but not domesticated, Fiat Chrysler Autos unveiled the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT in advance of the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.
Dodge calls the new Durango SRT “America’s fastest, most effective, and a lot of capable three-row SUV.” Given the hardware set up underneath its slab-sided, fridge white bodywork, combined with performance data certified by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), that seems like a reliable claim.
2018 Dodge Durango SRT Exterior
With no more than a glimpse, it is simple to see that the Durango SRT is no regular SUV.
In advance, brand-new styling supplies the required cold air consumption and heat extractors that assist the monstrous Hemi motor to perform at its best. The entire front fascia is new and consists of a mesh pattern grille in addition to LED fog lights. The hood contains no fewer than 3 scoops and vents for freer breathing.
The Durango rests on 20-in. aluminum wheels covered in 295/45 Z-rated all-season efficiency tires. Summertime tires are optional, as is a set of light-weight forged aluminum wheels. Regardless of wheel selection, they’re finished in “Black Noise.”
Front and rear fender flares help to cover the large rubber, linked by significant rocker panel extensions. The Durango SRT proudly wears “392” badges on each front fender.
Around back, a revised rear fascia includes a black valence panel punctured by 4-in. round exhaust outlets ended up in nickel chrome.
2018 Dodge Durango SRT Interior
Sitting at the top of the Durango trim level tree, the SRT is nicely outfitted with basic Nappa leather upholstery with Dinamica simulated suede inserts. Front seats are heated and ventilated, and the second-row captain’s chairs are likewise heated.
Dinamica also covers the windscreen pillars and headliner, and the driver deals with a flat-bottom SRT performance steering wheel equipped with paddle shifters. A hand-wrapped dashboard is standard, featuring exposed contrast stitching. Feet rest upon premium velour flooring mats embroidered with “SRT.”.
The instrument panel consists of a 7-in. digital gauge cluster with a 180-mph speedometer and is ended up in Light Black Chrome and Matte Reverse Chain trim.
2018 Dodge Durango SRT Engine
Like the other base SRT models, the 2018 Durango SRT is powered by the 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine producing 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automated transmission with launch control and rev-matching for manual downshifts routes power to all 4 wheels assisting to obtain the 5,510-pound vehicle to 60 mph in simply 4.4 seconds. Covering the quarter mile takes 12.9 seconds, which is a qualified National Hot Rod Association number.
2018 Dodge Durango SRT Release Date and Price
Try to find the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT to arrive in showrooms at the end the year. It’s a little wait, but with other full-size SUVs like the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia not using high efficiency trim levels, standing by might be your only option if you’re searching for a racer ute. That is unless you’re prepared to pony up huge money for the $93,850 Mercedes-Benz GLS550 or $121,400 Mercedes-AMG GLS63.
Prices details will be readily available closer to introduce, however it’s most likely a sure thing that the Durango SRT won’t be commanding Mercedes-level rates.