The third-generation Dodge Durango is due to be replaced soon but that doesn't mean the automaker has been resting on its laurels. For 2019, Dodge has given the long-running SUV a sinister-looking update. Featuring a SRT-inspired face along with plenty of new standard features, the 2019 Durango is set to offer more bang for buck while looking sharp.
As stated earlier, the 2019 Durango range now share the R/T and SRT front fascia designs. Both the upper and lower front grill are painted black and it gets a sleeker set of foglights. It even gets a SRT performance hood with center air inlet and heat extractors. 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, LED daytime running lights and foglights, and HID headlights round up the exterior changes on the refreshed Durango.
Under the hood, an array of six- and eight-cylinder engines are available in the 2019 Durango. Powering the Citadel, GT and SXT models is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. It produces 290 PS with 352 Nm of torque and is mated to an eight-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the R/T variant gets a beefier 5.7-liter HEMI V8 that generates 365 PS and 529 Nm of torque. It too is mated to an eight-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission.
Serving as the top-of-the-range engine is the supercharged 392 cu inch (6.4-liter) V8. Available only for the Durango SRT, the eight-cylinder engine cranks out more than 480 PS and 637 Nm of torque. It can sprint from 0 – 97 km/h in 4.4 seconds and hit the quarter mile in just 12.9 seconds. To keep it planted on the pavement, the SRT is only available with a performance-tuned AWD system. Like the previously mentioned variants, an eight automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels. For better comfort and handling, the Durango SRT also comes with Active Damping System that automatically adjusts the damper valves depending on road conditions. Stopping power, on the other hand, is provided by a set of six- and four-piston brake calipers that clamp on to vented rotors.
Depending on the model selected, the Durango can be specified with a plethora of in-car amenities and features. Leather seats, as well as a Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is now available for the 2019 Durango. For the audiophiles, the updated SUV can also be equipped with a 825-watt Harman Kardon 19-speaker sound system. To top it all off, second-row captain chairs come as standard equipment on the Citadel, R/T and SRT variants.