Dodge Philippines has a (not so) little surprise for us just before the decade comes to a close. No, it's not a new Charger or Challenger variant. In fact, it's something much more practical than the both of those. They've quietly rolled out a new Durango variant and it's called the GT.
The Durango GT moves the big SUV upmarket, with more luxury features inside and a special styling treatment on the outside.
As the GT name suggests, the exterior gets a slightly sportier look. In fact, you won't find any chrome bits outside. The side mirrors, door handles, moldings, and grill are finished in the vehicle's body color. This is a stark difference from the last Durango that was sold here, the Limited, which saw chrome from bumper to bumper. Capping it all off are 20-inch alloy wheels finished in a dark shade of bronze.
But while the exterior gets a sportier look, the it's a different matter when it comes to the interior. In a bid to move this Dodge SUV upmarket, the local-spec Durango GT comes in six-passenger configuration. That means two in front, two at the back, and two at the third row. This Durango also gains a pair of captain chairs in the middle row, with an armrest, storage box, cupholders and USB ports between the passengers.
Everyone inside the Durango GT benefits from triple-zone climate control. Also, the interior color has been changed from black to tan and most of the interior is trimmed in leather. At the front, there's the Uconnect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation. Dodge also put in two more USB ports at the front and an auxiliary port in for good measure. Audio is care of a premium 9-speaker sound system care of Alpine.
What's been retained is under the hood. Much like the last Durango we tested, the GT still uses the now familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. It's good for 286 PS and 347 Nm of torque, which is the same as before. It then shifts via an eight-speed automatic transmission. One noticeable difference however is the gear selector. It no longer uses an electronic rotary dial as it's been replaced by a more conventional mechanical selector. For the Philippines, the Durango is two-wheel drive only, sending power to the rear.
The Dodge Durango GT starts at Php 3,890,000.