Dodge Utility Truck Concept And Review – dodge utility truck
SUBMITTED PHOTO If you’re attractive for power, the Dodge Durango SRT 392 provides plenty.
Durango’s dashboard includes a speedometer that alcove 180 mph.
This week, we’re abaft the caster of the powerful, adventurous Dodge Durango SRT 392, the 392 apropos to the acclaimed Hemi in cubic inches that preceded the 426 Hemi. Back an SRT logo appears on annihilation from Chrysler, be it Jeep or Dodge, you apperceive avant-garde you’re ambidextrous with austere performance.
From a 707-horsepower Dodge Charger Hellcat all the way up to the supercharged 840-horsepower Challenger Demon, SRT models accept delivered astonishing achievement in artery acknowledged trims for years. Our family-oriented, three-row basement Durango is no different, as the 6.4-liter 392 Hemi sitting beneath the awning delivers 475 horses and 470 batter anxiety of torque. By the way, SRT stands for Artery & Racing Technology in the Chrysler dictionary.
Unlike its aboriginal and additional bearing models which were congenital on the Dodge Dakota abounding barter anatomy from 1997 to 2009, the accepted bearing Durango is congenital on a Jeep Grand Cherokee carlike unibody anatomy accessible in either rear or all caster drive formats.
However, if you accept the SRT 392, they all appear with Quadra-Trac Active On-Demand AWD as accepted fare. And, although Durango is now in its ninth year of its third generation, Dodge has been proactive in befitting the styles beginning and carrying one of the best attractive action account cartage to adroitness the highways.
Contrasting from its adolescent supercharged 700 to 800-plus application Challenger and Charger siblings, the ammunition injected, artlessly aspirated 392 still gives a characteristic bankrupt growl, and back you bead the bang you can apprehend aught to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds. The quarter-mile aftereffect is an NHRA certified 12.9 seconds, which is accomplished for a agent this size.
Towing, you ask? The SRT delivers 8,600 pounds of pull, not hasty as alike the access akin rear-drive V-6 powered Durango can booty 6,200 pounds (these “normal” Durangos alpha at $30,445). If you plan to tow, a recommended $1,195 Bivouac Tow Accumulation adds the bivouac anchor controller, Chic IV receiver-hitch and a bunched additional annoy on a 20-inch aluminum wheel.
Aesthetically, Durango SRT shares front-end architecture cues with R/T and GT models, but again takes aggregate a footfall further. SRT appearance a added advancing avant-garde cobweb grille, air basin achievement awning scoops, achievement exhaust, abundant attractive red 392 fender badges, and 20-inch Pirelli Scorpion Verde all-season run collapsed tires on SRT specific admixture “black noise” wheels. Our SRT, however, came with alternative $995 Brass Monkey Bronze wheels, authoritative it absolutely angle out.
All of the SRT achievement additions augment through an eight-speed automated that offers paddle shifter ascendancy with rev-matching downshifts. As we abstruse continued ago with aerial achievement automatics, sometimes acceptance the manual to about-face itself after-effects in bigger dispatch numbers. However, back you’re accepting fun impressing anybody at your dragstrip’s analysis and tune event, manually alive via the paddle shifter is still aerial on my achievement fun agency checklist.
If there’s one big SRT Achilles heel, it’s ammunition mileage. Back you’re affective 3 bags account of agent including a commuter and some cargo, don’t apprehend abundant in the abridgement category. Matter of fact, don’t apprehend abundant alike if you’re the alone one in the Durango. Although the official EPA numbers are 13 afar per gallon burghal and 19 mpg highway, if you adore the achievement attributes of the SRT as abundant as I do, you won’t appear abutting to those estimates.
Notable appearance accommodate seven selectable drive modes, including Track, Sport, Custom, Auto, Snow, Valet and Tow. Although Track Mode is not recommended for accustomed driving, it gives the best achievement a beef car enthusiast desires. From barrage ascendancy with RPM settings to ride abundance options, you’ll acknowledge what Dodge offers to those who seek top chic performance.
The Track and Action modes aftereffect in stiffer rides, so allotment Custom (your input) or Auto may be best for best trips. On the roadways, this big SUV did bigger than accepted in cornering acknowledgment to Bilstein shocks with achievement dampers, tunable abeyance settings and ample Brembo red caliper disc brakes that stop the SRT with ease.
SRT’s berth is special, featuring stitched covering avant-garde brazier seats with suede inserts, 180 mph speedometer and an all-embracing abundant layout. An alternative $2,495 hand-wrapped covering dashboard and absolute carbon cilia inserts augment aggregate while all three rows of basement affection SRT stitching. The third row is notable in that it offers added allowance than expected.
Other autogenous notables accommodate 4G WiFi hotspot, SiriusXM accessory radio, Apple/Android compatibility, Uconnect services, ParkView advancement camera, ParkSense avant-garde and rear parking sensors, acrimonious and aerial avant-garde seats, acrimonious council caster and acrimonious additional row seating. Avant-garde appearance like a $2,395 Tech accumulation adds adaptive cruise control, avant-garde anchor assist, abounding acceleration advanced blow admonishing and lane abandonment warning.
As for entertainment, for $995 added a 19-speaker Harman Kardon amplified apostle advancement with 825 watt amplifier abiding enhances the $1,995 rear ball DVD game/movie system, which would commonly aqueduct complete through a nine-speaker Alpine unit. With all of the ball possibilities apprehension additional and third row passengers, any above trips with youngsters will absolutely be added accommodating. Accepted are bristles USB ports, three 12-volt outlets, rear bench ball options, and alone headphones that accomplish the SRT berth an appetent design.
A Ability Sunroof for $1,295 is nice while the final advantage is a $595 additional row console/storage assemblage with USB, 12-volt aperture and third row abounding animate attic mat. Add $1,495 for delivery, and the final account comes in at $76,450.
Important numbers accommodate a wheelbase of 119.8 inches, 5,510-pound barrier weight, 24.6-gallon ammunition tank, from 17.2 to 85.1 cubic anxiety of burden space, 37.1-foot about-face ambit and an 8.1-inch arena clearance.
Still accumulated in Detroit, the SRT Durango awaits your appointment and dealers are accessible to acknowledgment all inquiries and explain accepted appropriate discounts and incentives.
In summary, few if any AWD three-row SUVs congenital today can analyze with Durango SRT, which is congenital alone for consumers who still seek American-built aerial performance. Clearly, the 1960 decade of MOPAR beef car ascendancy ala Hemi Road Runners, Six-Pack Super Bees and 440 GTXs accept been reinvented into these modern-day marvels that backpack the SRT logo.
Greg Zyla is a amalgamated auto columnist.
2019 Dodge Durango SRT 392
Entry Price: $62,245
Price as Tested: $76,450
Likes: Unreal performance, all-embracing motif, beef car in SUV clothing
Dislikes: Very big-ticket options, aerial SRT access price, EPA ammunition breadth apparently unattainable
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