Modest Tweaks for 2019 Durango and Dodge Line

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The 2019 Durango SRT is among America’s fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUVs with the venerable 392-cubic-inch HEMI V8 delivering 475 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque.

Dodge Durango debuts for 2019 with five models – SXT, GT, Citadel, R/T and SRT. The  475-horsepower Durango SRT is claimed to be America’s fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUV. Well, it’s certainly faster and more expensive than the V6 powered Durango SXT where the all-wheel-drive system is optional on all models. The 2019 Dodge brand lineup now includes the Durango (~$30k-64k), Grand Caravan(~$27k-33k), Journey (~$24k-36k ), Charger (~$30k-70k) and Challenger (~$29k- 85k). This dangerously top heavy on trucks that are basically only saleable in North America. Dealers can now place orders for 2019 Dodge Durangos. Vehicles are scheduled to start arriving in Dodge dealerships this fall.

Durango GT

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The second row seats fold flat in the Durango.

The big news – or how to milk a trend longer – is the new for 2019 Durango GT model, which continues with V6 fuel economy, but now shares the Durango SRT and R/T’s performance front fascia and LED fog lamps. That’s right a bold new grille. The SRT-like performance hood with center air inlet duct and two heat extractors is also available on Durango GT. Also new for 2019, Durango Citadel models get standard second-row captain’s chairs and Durango models equipped with the optional Trailer Tow Group now have an  integrated trailer brake to use with its claimed best-in-class towing capability.

“The Durango is our three-row Charger of the SUV segment, delivering un-compromised utility, advanced technology, class-leading towing and driving range, confident driving dynamics and aggressive styling,” said Steve Beam, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America.

“Customer demand for utility vehicles in the United States has exploded over the past decade, and with America’s fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUVs in our garage and the new updates for the 2019 model year, Dodge Durango continues to separate itself from the competition with the performance and capability that our customers demand,” Beahm boasted.

 SRT

The 2019 Durango SRT is among America’s fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUVs with the venerable 392-cubic-inch HEMI V8 delivering 475 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. This on a good day allows it to go from 0-60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds, covering the quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds numbers certified by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). The hauling is better than every three-row full-size SUV on the road with a best-in-class towing capability of 8,700 pounds.

New for 2019, the Durango SRT offers available red seat belts and lightweight, high-performance Brembo brakes with two-piece rotors, as well as an optional 825-watt, 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system that delivers opulent sound and refinement. An optional 20-inch Matte Vapor or Brass Monkey finish is available on Durango SRT.

Durango SRT has many  standard performance features, including a performance-tuned AWD system, a sophisticated Active Damping System that opens and closes the Durango SRT’s suspension’s damper valves and an exhaust system tuned to offer an unmistakably deep, high-performance Dodge//SRT exhaust note. Durango SRT it’s claimed has outstanding high-speed corning capability, thanks in part to stiffer front and rear springs and rear sway bar. Brembo high-performance six-piston and four-piston calipers and vented rotors at all four corners stops.

Inside, Performance Laguna Leather and real carbon fiber accents on the instrument panel and door bezels flank  a hand-wrapped dashboard with a  silver accent stitch, SRT flat-bottom performance steering wheel with standard paddle shifters and heated and ventilated front and heated second-row captain’s chairs with embossed SRT logos. Velour bound floor mats with embroidered SRT logo and a suede-wrapped headliner and A-pillars give Durango SRT a claimed “ premium and refined feel.”

Durango R/T

The 2019 Dodge Durango R/T offers the most muscle for your dollar, powered by the aging 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine mated to aTorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. This combination is good for 360 horsepower, 390 lb.-ft. of torque and a best-in-class tow rating of 7,400 pounds. Fuel Saver Technology with cylinder deactivation alternates between smooth, high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode and V-8 mode when more power is in demand.

New for 2019, Durango R/T models are available with Sepia leather seats and an 825-watt, 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. Durango R/T standard equipment includes a performance steering and suspension, performance front fascia with LED fog lamps, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps with automatic high-beam headlamps and Uconnect 4C NAV with 8.4-inch touchscreen, navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. With available seven-passenger seating and second-row captain’s chairs, the seats in the 2019 Dodge Durango can be configured in 50 different ways.

Durango Citadel

The 2019 Dodge Durango Citadel is powered by the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that generates 295 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque with dual exhaust mated to a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. Equipped with the V-6, Durango can tow a best-in-class 6,200 pounds. The 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine – optional on Durango Citadel – produces 360 horsepower, 390 lb.-ft. of torque and a best-in-class tow rating of 7,400 pounds.

New for 2019, Durango Citadel models feature standard second-row captain’s chairs and an available 825-watt, 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. Standard equipment on Durango Citadel includes 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, HID headlamps with automatic high-beam headlamps, Uconnect 4C NAV with 8.4-inch touchscreen, navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a premium nine-speaker audio system with subwoofer and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Durango GT
The well-equipped Durango GT is  the midpoint of the Dodge Durango lineup. Available in rear-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations, the seven-passenger Durango GT equipment list includes leather-trimmed bucket seats with suede inserts and optional heated first- and second-row seats and power liftgate.

The Durango GT model is powered by a standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that generates 295 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque with dual exhaust mated to a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. Equipped with the V-6, Durango can tow a best-in-class 6,200 pounds.

New for 2019, the well-equipped Durango GT now shares a performance front fascia and LED fog lamps with R/T and SRT models while an SRT-inspired performance hood with center air inlet duct and two heat extractors is available. Also new for 2019, Durango GT models now offer available cloth seating and a new 20-inch wheel design in a Satin Carbon or Brass-Monkey finish.

Standard on Durango GT are LED daytime running lamps, dual exhaust with bright tips and seven-passenger seating with optional Capri leather-trimmed seats with suede insert. Other added expense items include heated first- and second-row seating, heated leather-wrapped sport steering wheel with paddle shifters and power liftgate.

Durango SXT
The Durango SXT model is powered by a standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that generates 295 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque with dual exhaust mated to a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. Equipped with the V6, Durango can tow a best-in-class 6,200 pounds.

For 2019, Durango SXT models offer leather seats for an added premium feel and standard five-passenger seating that can be configured in 50 different ways. SXT models have a customizable 7-inch full-color driver infotainment digital cluster display, Uconnect 4 with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Keyless Enter ‘n Go with Push Button Start. A perforated leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, driver-oriented electronic T-shifter and Bluetooth audio streaming with integrated Voice Command is also standard.

All Durango Models

Every 2019 Durango now has  an integrated trailer brake when equipped with the optional Trailer Tow Package. Blind-spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path detection is also available as a free-standing option.

Durango Exterior Colors

The 2019 Dodge Durango is available in 11 colors: In-Violet, Octane Red, Redline Red, Reactor Blue (new – late availability), Destroyer Gray (new – late availability), F8 Green (new – late availability), Granite, Billet, DB Black, White Knuckle and Vice White.

About Dodge//SRT
Dodge//SRT offers a line of performance vehicles that in Dodge’s view stand out in their own segments. “Dodge is America’s mainstream performance brand, and SRT is positioned as the ultimate performance halo of the Dodge brand, together creating a complete and balanced performance brand with one vision and one voice,” says the Italian owned brand.

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About Ken Zino

Ken Zino is an auto industry veteran with global experience in print and electronic media. He has auto testing, marketing, public relations and communications expertise garnered while working in Asia, Europe and the U.S.
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