Durango Get Rid of 3rd Row in Base Trim In 2017 Model

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The new full-size SUV presented by Dodge, designed to be the biggest and the most affordable three-row SUV on the market, outshine the previous generation car, which was also quite popular. Despite all changes, you can’t say it’s a whole new generation of Duarango, more like a full-scale restyling of the car, debuted back in 2011. The SUV is expected to have freshened appearance, possibly new powertrain options and trims.

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The novelty should appear at the beginning of next year, so while we can only drool at the photos and do preorders.

Update: 2017 Dodge Durango released in early September, 2016 with unsignificant changes in the trim levels.

Interior and Trim Level Changes

The car has three rows of seats. The first row is performed at the highest level, even compared to the rear seats look even better. Large comfortable chairs, a pronounced lateral support, excellent lower back support, comfortable headrests. Between the seats is a large armrest, cup holders, equipped with blue LED backlight, as well as a small place, where is located the various controls.

Multifunctional three-spoke steering wheel looks monumental and chic. Comfortable grip and control provided. Behind it stands a very modern instrument panel with colour display. On the right of the driver is a large infotainment screen with touch controls, and directly under it, in a single display chrome edge, contains buttons for the climate control and other additional equipment.

Update: 2017 model year Durango get new GT trim level instead of Limited; third row of seats is now optional in basic SXT trim level. 8.4-inch infontainment system now could show towed trailer while moving forward.

Design of updated Durango

The front part is highlighted by a stylish grille, LED DRLs wrapping headlights, as well as round fog lights adorning the bumper. Powerful stylish bumper is very big with bold lines.

If you look at the SUV side, it seems that we face a huge cruise liner. Yes, the end result is impressive, it’s not a compact city car. Huge wheel arches, a high window sills, compact side windows, a powerful exterior rear-view mirrors. All this is complemented by stylish edges on the doors, a flat roof and stylish wheels, which the manufacturer will allow to choose among a wide range.

The rear – sample power and practicality in one. Large luggage door, wide rear window, providing the driver a superb overview of what is happening behind SUV. Additional brake light built into the spoiler, which rises directly above the rear glass. Quite a convenient door provides access into the trunk, stylish and amazing optics along with lean bumper only complement the already excellent look of the car. But it becomes even more beautiful when in the dark red ribbon made of LED lights up. All of them involved more than 190 pieces.

Pricing Change

Most likely, the main market  will be the birthplace of the manufacturer – the USA. The car is produced at the facilities of the Chrysler plant located in Detroit. The initial cost of the basic version is 30,5 thousand dollars. But the price tag is pre-restyling version. The novelty might cost a couple thousand more from the start.

Update: The basic price decreased to $29,995 MSRP, while Citadel and R/T packages rises by $100, as well as destination charge.

Engine Line-up of 2017 Durango

The role of the so-called core engine allotted to six-cylinder gasoline engine with displacement of 3.6 liters, whose power is 295 horsepower.

Slightly modified version of the 3.6-liter engine is designed for a special version called the Rallye. Although the difference in power is only 5 horsepower

Top HEMI engine provides for the presence of the eight cylinders and 5.7 litres of volume. This naturally aspirated engine, however, is produced only 360 horsepower.

All engines are equipped with one automatic 8-speed transmission. This gearbox allowed a 9 percent reduction in the level of fuel consumption compared to the previous version. Plus, the top eight-cylinder engine has a feature to turn off half the cylinders.

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2017 Dodge Durango R/T Hemi
Drivetrain
Engine type OHV 16V V8, direct fuel injection
Displacement 5,7L
Power/torque 360 hp; 390 lb-ft
Transmission 8-speed shiftable automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 119.8 in
Length 201.2 in
Height 71.9 in
Passenger volume N/A
Cargo volume 17.2 cu.ft
Performance
0-60 6,4 sec
Top speed 119 mph
PRICE RANGE: $31,500-$46,000 (est)
Competitors: Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander

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Summary

The new 2017 model year Dodge Durango will feature new updated design and probably a new turbocharged engine in the lineup. Those upgraades should keep the interest of Dodge brand.

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