Created from a couple of leaked patent drawings, the renderings reveal the Durango will feature a Ram-inspired grille, a large front bumper, and a distinctive hood.

We're getting our first glimpse of the 2012 Dodge Durango (or Magnum) thanks to a set of renderings by Andrew Currie.

Created from leaked patent drawings, the renderings reveal the Durango will feature a Ram-inspired grille, a large front bumper, and a distinctive hood. Other styling details include a flat rear bumper (when viewed in profile), subtle character lines, and a roof-mounted spoiler.

Expected to ride on an extended version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee's platform (which is based on the current Mercedes ML), the Durango will have a long wheelbase and seating for seven.

Under the hood, engine options will likely include a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with 280 hp (209 kW / 284 PS) and a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with 360 hp (268 kW / 365 PS). Both engines will be paired to a five-speed automatic transmission which will send power to the rear-wheel wheels (four-wheel drive will be optional).

While nothing is official, look for a possible unveiling at the 2011 North American International Auto Show.

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