It?s Back ? The Dodge Durango

Dodge is coming back into the SUV business with the introduction of an all-new 2011 Durango.? The model, which appeared first in 1998, was discontinued after the 2009 model year.

The new Durango is developed from the same platform used on the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which in turn came from the Chrysler assignation with Mercedes-Benz.? Unlike the Jeep and Mercedes SUVs, however, the new Durango has a three-row seating format.

From its sleek exterior design to its modern, spacious interior, and intelligent, fuel-efficient and powerful powertrain options, the 2011 Dodge Durango is all new from the inside out. The Durango?s stiffened unibody structure is engineered for improved driving performance combined with SUV capability and crossover versatility.

Powertrain options include the standard fuel-efficient 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and the available 5.7-liter HEMI engine with fuel-saving, Multi-displacement system (MDS) four-cylinder mode. ?Both engines feature variable-valve timing (VVT) and are available with all-wheel drive. In addition to efficiency, the engines provide exceptional V-6 and V-8 towing capability with standard trailer sway control (V-8 – 7,400 lbs. and Best-in-class V-6 ? 6,200 lbs.).

The same people that did the impressive interiors in the latest Ram trucks and the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee designed the interior designed the luxurious Durango interior. The interior has 22 different seating configurations to provide the maximize passenger and cargo space flexibility.

The all-new 2011 Dodge Durango also offers consumers 45 safety and security features, including standard front seat-mounted side air bags and standard side-curtain air bags for all three rows, as well as all-new standard active head restraints. ?Electronic Stability Control also is standard. Other available safety and security technologies include Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and Keyless Enter-n? Go.

Built at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, Mich., the new 2011 Dodge Durango arrives in showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2010.

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