Essentially a seven-seat Jeep Grand Cherokee, the 2011 Durango features an aggressive appearance with coke-bottled styling and a prominent grille.

Dodge has released new information about the redesigned 2011 Durango.

Essentially a seven-seat Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Durango features an aggressive appearance with "coke-bottled" styling and a prominent grille. According to Joe Dehner, head of Dodge design, "We took the performance car mantra from our own backyard and applied the formula to Durango. The Durango and Charger were designed at the same time, allowing the bold styling from the Charger to spill over to our all-new three-row SUV."

The entry-level Express comes nicely equipped with automatic tri-zone climate control, sapphire blue ambient lighting, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Ordering the Crew adds memory seats, a rear backup camera, a power liftgate, and an Alpine audio system. It can also be outfitted with GPS navigation and a rear-seat entrainment system.

The sporty R/T boasts a reduced ride height (lowered 20mm), 20-inch aluminum wheels, and a monotone appearance. Optional extras include leather upholstery, heated seats (front and rear), and a collision warning system.

For the luxury-oriented Citadel, Dodge added 20-inch chrome wheels, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, a unique grille, perforated Nappa leather seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Under the hood, two engines are available. The 3.6-liter V6 produces 290 hp (216 kW / 294 PS) and 260 lb-ft (353 Nm) of torque. It can tow up to 6,200 pounds (2,812 kg) and carries a fuel economy rating of 16 mpg city / 23 mpg highway (rear-wheel-drive) and 16 mpg city /22 mpg highway (all-wheel-drive).

If you are a HEMI fan, you'll be happy to know the 5.7-liter V8 cranks out 360 hp (268 kW / 365 PS) and 390 lb-ft (520 Nm) of torque. As you'd expect, the V8 takes a toll at the pump as it is rated at 14 mpg city / 20 mpg highway (rear-wheel-drive) and 13 mpg city /20 mpg highway (all-wheel-drive).

On sale in December, the 2011 Durango will be priced from $29,195 (including an $850 destination charge).

Check out the press release for additional information

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