There has been a lot of work in FCA in the past few years and will be even more in the future. Besides usual redesigns, the company also works on reviving several models that were popular in the past. One of them will affect 2021 Dodge Durango as well. This crossover has been around for more than 20 years. Still, it wasn’t always a crossover. The original, first generation was a classic SUV with a body-on-frame platform, based on a mid-size pickup truck Dakota.
Considering that this truck is probably coming back, many believe that the new 2021 Dodge Durango will switch back to a more traditional design. There are several reasons for that. Among them, there is the fact that its sibling from Jeep, the Grand Cherokee will probably go in a completely different way. In any case, expect a lot of interesting things from the next generation of this mid-size SUV.
2021 Dodge Durango Redesign
If we can rely on the latest reports, the 2021 Dodge Durango redesign will bring much more changes than a usual redesign. We are about to see significant changes in terms of base design characteristics, according to our reliable source. It looks like the new model will switch to a body-on-frame platform, which is kinda a phenomenon these days when crossovers dominate. There is a fine number of reasons why this scenario sounds so possible. One of them is the fact that the legendary Dakota is coming back, most likely. The famous truck still waits for the official confirmation, but this seems like a certain thing for most car experts.
Another good reason for such scenario is Grand Cherokee’s future. These two models are closely related in many ways, especially in terms of platform and engines. However, the new Grand Cherokee will most likely adopt Giorgio platform from Alfa Romeo, the same that underprints Stelvio. It might sound beneficial in terms of driving dynamics, but most car enthusiasts simply cannot imagine 2021 Dodge Durango riding on such architecture, especially because this could easily mean a smaller size. The Durango has always been a large and comfortable vehicle. Therefore, most drivers wouldn’t appreciate such change.
Finally, there is a competition issue. The current Durango definitely can’t compete with modern crossovers. On the other size, there aren’t too many mid-size SUVs around, though the demand for them is getting bigger every year.
2021 Dodge Durango Exterior Design
Once we are clear with the fact that the 2021 Dodge Durango will most likely feature a classic SUV design, let’s start with most basic design solutions. First of all, there is a platform issue. Fortunately for Dodge, FCA recently introduced a new generation of the legendary Jeep Wrangler. A longer-wheelbase version of this platform will be used for the pickup version of this SUV, and the same one should underprint the 2021 Dodge Durango. With this platform, we could even expect from the new model to grow for a bit.
On the other side, this company still has to deal with aesthetical issues. The current design language looks a little bit outdated, so most of us expect to see the 2021 Dodge Durango with a completely new face. How is it going to look like, it is hard to tell at this point, though many counts on a similar approach to the new Ram 1500.
2021 Dodge Durango Interior
As we already mentioned, the new model could gain few more inches in wheelbase and overall dimensions. This will definitely be beneficial for the 2021 Dodge Durango interior. However, the base interior layout shouldn’t be changed a lot. Count on a spacious cabin with three rows of seating and capacity for 7-8 passengers. Even the third row should be spacious enough to accommodate adult passengers. On the other side, the dashboard design will be completely new. Expect to see more attractive lines, finer materials and lots of the newest tech features.
2021 Dodge Durango Engines
A wide palette of engines is probably the strongest point of the current model. There are several units in the offer and most of them will carry over to the new model, if not all of them. Of course, base models will feature a familiar 3.6-liter V6. Higher trim will come with V8 engines. The famous R/T trim will come with a familiar 5.7-liter unit. On the other side, the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT will probably carry on with the bigger 6.4-liter V8. Of course, we expect improvements in terms of power and efficiency for each engine.
It won’t be surprised to see a diesel version as well. Of course, we count on a familiar 3.0-liter unit from VM Motori, which is good for about 260 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque.
2021 Dodge Durango Release Date and Price
The new generation of the Durango will be ready for 2020. More details about launch date should be known soon. When it comes to the 2021 Dodge Durango price, we expect that the base model will go around 30.000 dollars.