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Dodge Durango Introduction

The wraps came off of the all-new 2011 Dodge Durango today, providing the first full look at this reborn and fully reengineered package the automaker is dubbing a "performance SUV with soul." Based on the unit-body design that underpins the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and available in rear-drive or all-wheel-drive configurations, the crisply rendered sheetmetal and tasteful detailing on this new-look Durango clearly endows it with a full measure of curbside presence that was only hinted at in the earlier teaser images. While still holding back a number of pertinent details on the 2011 Durango until closer to its on-sale date later this year including any interior photos, save for a peek at the new Dodge logo on its steering wheel.

Dodge does point out that the passenger compartment was designed by the same group responsible for the Grand Cherokee's cabin, and that it boasts the same kind of unexpected fit, finish, features and quality cues that have been winning rave reviews for the Jeep. In addition to a bounty of added soft-touch surfaces and comfortable seating for seven, the Durango offers 22 different passenger/cargo configurations to optimize its overall utility. On the tech front, Dodge has confirmed the Durango will use Chrysler's new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 as its standard engine and the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 as the optional motivator, both engines are fitted with variable valve timing to enhance their fuel efficiency.

Dodge Durango GrilleStill no word on output for either -- but 290 and 360 horses, respectively, seems likely. Also unsaid but probable is a standard five-speed automatic behind each. With the Pentastar V6, the Durango's tow rating is a best-in-class 6,200 pounds. That figure rises to 7,400 pounds with the V8. Key safety Dodge Durango Accessories include stability control, anti-lock brakes and front/front-side/side curtain airbags while Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, Forward Collision Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control will be available as options. The current second-generation Dodge Durango debuted for the 2004 model year. Side airbags and refreshed styling arrived for 2006. Until 2008, the Durango's 4.7-liter V8 was not as powerful or fuel-efficient as it is now -- it made just 230 hp.

Also, the Hemi V8 was limited to 330 hp until 2008. That year also saw the advent of new options such as a back-up camera, a CD/MP3 player, DVD-compatible audio and a MyGIG multimedia infotainment system with a hard drive to store digital music files. Model-year 2009 was notable for both the debut and cancellation of the Durango Limited HEV hybrid. Launched in 1998, the first-generation Dodge Durango brought big-rig looks to a segment full of what essentially were tall station wagons. Then as now, the Durango was considered midsize, but looked and felt more like a shrunken full-size SUV. It was a sport-ute for the truck person: a vehicle that sat eight, but in pretty much every other way, was the antithesis of a minivan.

Dodge Durango WheelsThe Durango was offered with several engine choices, including a wimpy V6, a couple of V8s and even a rare performance-oriented Shelby model with a high-powered V8, a lowered suspension, big wheels and racing stripes. None of the Durango's engines were particularly sophisticated, nor were they very fuel-efficient. Generally, our editors suggest looking for a used Durango equipped with a 4.7-liter V8 (offered from 2000-'03) or the 5.9-liter V8: The 4.7-liter delivered the best mileage out of the lot, while the 5.9-liter offered the most torque. Despite its rugged underpinnings, the first-gen Dodge Durango had better road manners than most truck-based SUVs of this era thanks to its long wheelbase, wide track and carefully tuned suspension.

If image projection and midsize-plus packaging were the first-generation Durango's strengths, its chief weakness was quality -- both real and perceived. Gaps between body panels were sizable and inconsistent, while interior fit and finish was lacking rubber floor mats from compared to the competition. Furthermore, ergonomics revealed the utilitarian pickup underneath, and the third-row seat was uncomfortable for all but children. Still, the Durango was never intended to be a pampered garage queen. Among families who needed a real workhorse and not a showcar, the Dodge Durango made many friends.