You can have the extra show without having to pay the premium that comes with the extra go.
The range-topping Durango SRT unveiled back in February at the Chicago Auto Show is expected to cost somewhere in the region of $70,000, but you’ll be able to get the aggressive looks also with the cheaper R/T trim. That’s the biggest news concerning the 2018 model year change for the three-row SUV, which will have the beefy hood with a functional center air inlet duct and heat extractors as standard equipment on the R/T.
For good measure, Dodge will also throw in the SRT’s front lower valence housing the cold-air duct system as well as the LED fog lights. The Durango R/T will be available later in the 2018MY in a B5 Blue exterior shade also borrowed from the flagship model. Besides featuring a meaner front fascia, the R/T also comes with more equipment as the SUV will feature front parking sensors part of the standard Park Assist System.
The new model year isn’t all about the R/T as Dodge is also refreshing the GT by giving it the same performance hood as optional kit if you go for either the Blacktop or Brass Monkey appearance package. Customers won’t have to pay more for the power liftgate as it’s now standard across the GT range.
Elsewhere, all Durango models are going to feature a new sport steering wheel, rearview camera, and the electronic T-shifter as standard.
Dodge is already taking orders from dealers and will begin to ship them the vehicles from the third quarter of 2017, with pricing to be announced closer to that date. For reference, the 2017 Durango GT begins from $37,495 MSRP whereas the R/T starts off at $42,095 MSRP.
The lineup will be topped by the aforementioned SRT billed as being “America’s fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUV.” It will be powered by a Hemi 6.4-liter V8 engine with 475 horsepower (354 kilowatts) and 470 pound-feet (637 Newton-meters) of torque. There’s no word just yet about top speed, but Dodge has made the promise the Durango SRT will do the 0-60 mph (0-96 kph) run in 4.4 seconds and complete the quarter mile in 12.9 seconds.
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2018 Dodge Durango
New for 2018, Dodge Durango Buyers Can Get SRT Attitude With Every Durango Powertrain
- New for 2018, Durango R/T models now share the same front fascia, performance hood, lower valence, and LED fog lamps first seen on new 2018 Durango SRT that debuted at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show
- Functional performance hood that debuted on new 2018 Durango SRT is now available on Durango GT when equipped with Blacktop or Brass Monkey Appearance Package
- New hood features center air inlet duct flanked by heat extractors, as well as a lower valence to house new cold-air duct and LED fog lamps
- Front Park Assist joins ParkSense® Park Assist System is standard on Durango R/T models and features sensors in the front bumper to detect obstacles; includes a shut-off switch
- Durango GT models now feature standard power liftgate and Capri and suede bucket leather seats. Capri leather seats are also available. The Technology Group is now available as an option
- B5 Blue (available exclusively on Durango R/T and SRT models, late availability) debuts on Durango for the 2018 model year and is the first time it’s offered on Durango
- All Durango models now feature a backup camera, new sport steering wheel and driver oriented electronic T-shifter
June 27, 2017 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Dodge took the wraps off its new 475-horsepower 2018 Dodge Durango SRT, introducing America’s fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUV with 475 horsepower at the Chicago Auto Show in February.
Now, new for 2018, all Durango R/T models share the all-new Durango SRT’s aggressive, functional performance hood and fascia as standard equipment. The performance hood features a center air inlet duct flanked by heat extractors, a front lower valence that houses a new cold-air duct system and LED fog lamps. Durango GT models equipped with the Blacktop or Brass Monkey appearance package now offer the performance hood, first seen on Durango SRT, as an available option.
“Performance is more than stats, at Dodge performance is an attitude that permeates through everything we do,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “And new for 2018, Durango buyers can get SRT attitude with every Durango powertrain – from the 295 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 to the 360 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 to the new 475 horsepower 6.4-liter SRT – strengthening the brand’s promise to deliver performance vehicles with world-class power, technology and standout styling our customers have come to expect.”
In addition to the new front fascia, Durango R/T is one of only two models to be available in a B5 Blue exterior color (late availability); Durango SRT being the other. Front Park Assist, which uses sensors in the front bumper, is now included with ParkSense® Park Assist System and is now standard on Durango R/T models. New for 2018, Durango GT models now feature a standard power liftgate and Capri and suede bucket leather seats. Capri leather seats and the Technology Group are also available as standalone options, as well.
For 2018, all Durango models feature a backup camera, a new sport steering wheel and driver-oriented electronic T-shifter which provides the driver with intuitive gear selection and offers an Auto Stick selector gate for added control. Customers can also opt for the available hand wrapped instrument panel with accent stitching.
Dodge continues to deliver customization and features that its loyal Durango customers love. Durango R/T’s new look is standard with a BeatsAudio nine-speaker audio system that includes a subwoofer and a 506-watt amplifier. This BeatsAudio premium audio system offers studio quality sound in the customer’s vehicle, available on the Durango GT and Citadel, and standard on R/T. The Dodge Durango boasts class-leading towing and driving range, confident driving dynamics, advanced technology, aggressive styling, and with the addition of the new exterior performance fascia on R/T, now offers even more ways customers can stand out in a sea of sameness.
Dealers are currently able to place orders and vehicles will start arriving in dealerships in the third quarter of 2017. Pricing for the 2018 Dodge Durango will be announced closer to vehicles arriving at dealers.