Dodge calls it the America’s most capable, most powerful and fastest 3-row SUV. I am talking about the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT that the automaker released in the eve of the 2017 Chicago Auto show. Believe you me; Dodge has a credible claim as the model is packed with a V-8 mill that packs almost 500 horses. To back its other claims, the automaker has hooked up the model with an array of performance upgrades to make the SUV a fun-filled monster to drive. Read along to find out more about this performance-oriented SUV:
2018 Dodge Durango SRT Exterior
The front fascia looks sportier. The fascia is characterized by a smaller grille with an SRT badge at the center. The headlights have been slightly revised to feature new indicator lights that produce an orange light. There is also a wider and larger air dam. The model also features LED fog lights. Below the grille, a thin air intake that runs almost the entire length of the grille has replaced the previous ledge. The hood looks more aggressive due to its functional heat extractors and cold air intake.
The only new feature on the side profile is the new set of wheels that look as if they were adopted from the R/T, but unlike the R/T, they are finished in black. There is also a “392” badge on each of its front fenders. The brake system has also been upgraded and features red Brembo calipers.
At the rear, the only noticeable change is the fascia insert on the exhaust outlets. The exhaust tips are also finished in chrome. However, it is the SRT badge on the rear hatch that helps the model stand apart from its siblings. The model is offered in a wide range of exterior colors. It rides on a set of 20-inch aluminum wheels that are wrapped in 295/45 Z-rated performance tires. There is an option for Summer tires as well as lightweight forged aluminum wheels. All wheels have a black finish.
In terms of its exterior dimensions, the SUV stretches 189.8 inches long, 76.5 inches wide and stands at a height of 67.6 inches. It wheelbase spans 119.8 inches.
2018 Dodge Durango SRT Interior
Dodge has hooked the SRT with a host of updates to back its status as the top dog of the lineup. The SUV is upholstered in Nappa leather with Dinamica suede inserts. The front seats and second-row captain seats are heated but the front seats add ventilation. The headliner and windshield pillars are covered in Dinamica. Demonic Red leather is the optional upholstery material. Later on, buyers will be able to order their Durango SRT’s with a genuine carbon fiber interior trim.
There is also a new SRT performance steering wheel with paddle shifters. The dash is hand-wrapped and its leather upholstery is hand-stitched which illustrates the level of importance Dodge has placed on the model. On the floor, you will find velour floor mats with “SRT” logos.
The instrument panel has been upgraded to feature a 7.0-inch digital cluster with a 180 mph speedo’ and a Light Black Chrome finish. It also has a Matte Reverse Chain trim.
Tech-wise, the model comes with an 8.4-inch infotainment system with a navigation system Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, HD Radio as well as a SiriusXM Travel Link and Traffic updates. The Uconnect system now features SRT performance pages that come in handy in recording performance data when you decide to try out your Durango SRT on the tracks.
For audiophiles, the model comes with a 9-speaker Beats Audio system with a 506-Watt amplifier.
Engine specs and performance
Things get interesting under the hood. The automaker has fitted the model with a 6.4 L, V-8 that cranks out a whopping 475 horses at 6000 rpm and 470 lb-ft of torque from 4300 rpm. The engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. This transmission system combines with a manual AutoStick gate, electronic T-shaped shifter and a rev-matched downshifting to make driving the driving experience of the model very exciting.
The package also feature a 2.75-inch dual performance exhaust system that helps the model engine breathe out easily. It is also mated to a performance-AWD system that distributes power depending on the mode selected. Talking of modes, there are 7 in total; they are Eco, Snow, Auto, Tow, Valet, Sport and Track mode. The Sport mode reduces shift time by a whole 50% and channels 70% of torque to the rear wheels. The Track mode sends the most torque (70%) to the rear wheels and provides 160-millisecond shifts.
These components combine to power the model to 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds. It completes a quarter-mile in only 12.9 seconds. That is not all, the SRT can tow as much as 8600 lbs. Stopping force comes from 6-piston front Brembo calipers and 4-piston Brembo units at the rear along with 15-inch vented discs at the front and 13.8 units at the rear. These enable the model to take only 115 feet to come to a halt from a speed of 60 mph. An adaptive damping suspension that has stiffer sway bars and springs and a Launch Control system are standard for the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT.
Price and release date
Dodge has not announced prices of the Durango SRT but considering the Durango R/T has a price of $42,095, expect the SRT to attract a price tag of over $50,000 before destination and other charges including extra options. The model will hit dealerships in the last quarter of 2017.
The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT will face rivalry from the BMW X5, Mercedes–AMG GLS63 as well as GMC Yukon Denali.