American heavy-duty vehicle manufacturer Dodge has already announced that its full-size three-row SUV called the Durango, will have a new iteration to hit the market in the fourth quarter of this year.
Officially called as the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT, the latest iteration of the sturdy SUV shall usher performance chops to the brand.
The latest SUV from Dodge has a 475-hp, 470 lb-ft V8 engine under the hood, which displaces 392ci and is the Hemi variety Dodge is known for, reports Geeky Gadgets.
The big V8 engine can push the SUV to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and onto an NHRA certified quarter mile run of 4.4 seconds.
In addition to being fast, the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT has plenty of space inside. It can also tow more than other SUVs in its class. It has an 8,600-pound towing capacity.
The SUV also features standard suede and leather interior and an all-wheel drive system with SRT Drive modes for the track, snow, and others.
It is also expected that when it comes out on the market later this year, the 2018 Dodge Durango shall be one of the most expensive SUVs in its class. However, it seems worth it as the SUV really looks good with the revised hood and fascias front and rear.
A fast accelerating SUV
The 2018 Dodge Durango accelerates like a sports car as it can sprint to 60 miles per hour in just 4.4 seconds.
Amid its lousy fuel economy, the 2018 Durango SRT has not officially been rated by the EPA, but the similar Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT comes in at just 15 mpg combined.
However, some critics say that the 20-inch Pirelli tires offered in summer and all-season flavors probably won’t last more than 10,000 miles and run about $450 a corner.
The 2018 Durango SRT is not a plush family cruiser. It’s so intense that Dodge includes a day at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Arizona with the purchase of a Durango SRT.
Nearly identical with the Jeep Grand Cherokee
Underneath, the 2018 Durango SRT and the slightly shorter Jeep Grand Cherokee are nearly identical. It’s not much of a surprise then that the well-received Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT has spawned a three-row sibling.
Both share the same 475-horsepower, 470 pound-feet of torque 6.4-liter V8 engine and aggressively-tuned all-wheel drive system. Needless to say, that’s a hefty increase over the 360 ponies cranked out by the non-SRT Durango’s optional 5.7-liter V8 engine. Helping make the most of that newfound power is an eight-speed automatic, the only gearbox on offer.
For 2018, the entire Durango lineup features a new shifter design that replaces last year’s much-maligned control knob. A sports exhaust system bellows out the V8’s aggressive rumble.
Underneath, the 2018 Durango SRT rides on a lowered suspension with thicker sway bars and its own spring tuning. Special lightweight 20-inch alloy wheels are wrapped in a choice of summer or all-season rubber provided by Pirelli. Big Brembo brakes bring the Durango SRT to a complete stop in just 115 feet from 60 mph.
A total of seven driving modes is featured on the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT including Sport, Track, Snow, Tow, Eco, Valet, and Street.
Sport and Track hold gears far longer and reduce intervention from the electronic stability control system. Snow mode locks the all-wheel drive 50/50 and tweaks the stability control system further.