[ Chrysler Group LLC press release ]
Dodge Durango Special Service Reporting For Duty
- Special Service Dodge Durango designed for police, fire and general
- Model has unique components to handle extreme use, extra-long life and
- Durango can tow class-leading 7,400 pounds and travel over a class-leading
550 miles between fill-ups
March 19, 2012, Auburn Hills, Mich. - Following the successful debut of the
Dodge Charger Pursuit, Dodge will begin offering a Durango Special Service
model for fleet use. The Dodge Durango Special Service SUV is specially
designed to handle the rigors of everyday use by police and fire departments
and fleet customers. Chrysler Group fleet operations will start taking orders
now, with deliveries expected to begin in the second quarter of 2012.
"We're incredibly excited to add the Dodge Durango Special Service to our
line-up of law enforcement vehicles," said Peter Grady, Vice President of
Network Development and Fleet Operations. "Adding Durango to our current Dodge
Charger Pursuit and Ram 1500 Special Service vehicles allows us to offer a
full range of fleet sedan, SUV, and truck options to law enforcement and
"The standard Durango has several class-leading attributes, such as power,
towing and a driving range of more than 550 miles, so it is a natural to
become a great utility tool for law enforcement and general fleet customers,"
said Reid Bigland, President and CEO -- Dodge Brand. "This Special Service
version will no doubt be a major asset to any agency in need of a durable, yet
The Dodge Durango Special Service carries all of the SUV's class-leading
utility, such as available 7,400-pound towing capacity, more than 550-mile
driving range with the Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 engine, and available 360
horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine. Available in rear- or all-wheel drive,
the Dodge Durango Special Service model comes with the following additional
components designed for the rigors of daily fleet use: A heavy-duty brake
package, heavy-duty battery, larger-output 220-amp alternator and heavy-duty
water pump and engine oil cooler.
A 5-year/100,000-mile fully transferrable powertrain warranty helps eliminate
worry of any repair costs to the covered components.
Dodge Durango Special Service also has a customizable rear cargo area with
under-floor storage compartments and additional storage in the side
compartments. Further modifications include a special service interior dome
lamp and headliner, spot lamp wiring prep and the deletion of the third row of
seats for more cargo capacity. Even with the deletion of the third row, the
second row still has separate air conditioning and heat controls.
These modifications make the already stout Durango more than capable of
handling daily fleet use.
Dodge Durango is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) "Top Safety
Pick," and Special Service models offer customers the same 45 safety and
security features, including standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC),
electronic roll mitigation (ERM), Hill-start Assist and standard Trailer-sway
Control (TSC) to enhance off-road and towing capabilities. Other standard
safety and security features include seat-mounted and side-curtain air bags in
the front row. The curtain air bag extends protection to second and third-row
passengers (third-row seating deleted in Special Service models). Durango also
includes standard front-row active head restraints.
The Dodge Durango Special Service will be built at the Jefferson North
Assembly Plant in Detroit. It joins the Dodge Charger Pursuit sedan and Ram
1500 Special Service truck currently available to government fleet customers.
Dodge Durango: Best-in-class power, towing and driving range
With its four-wheel independent suspension, near 50:50 weight distribution and
responsive steering and handling, Durango has driving dynamics unlike what you
typically find in a sport-utility vehicle (SUV). No other SUV on the road
compares with the all-new Dodge Durango's distinctive bold Dodge design that
craftily houses a flexible and premium interior, covered in soft-touch
materials. Durango features more than 30 storage areas and a rear cargo area
of nearly 85 cubic feet that fits a 10-foot ladder with the front passenger
seat folded flat. The 2012 Dodge Durango is an Insurance Institute for Highway
Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick.
Durango also delivers the perfect blend of power and fuel efficiency. Its
award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivers 290 horsepower along
with a best-in-class driving range of more than 550 miles on one tank of fuel
-- that means Durango owners could drive all the way from San Diego to San
Francisco or New York City to Boston and back again without needing to stop
for fuel. The available HEMI V-8 engine with Fuel Saver multi-displacement
technology delivers a best-in-class 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque.
Both engines deliver best-in-class V-6 and V-8 towing with standard
Trailer-sway Control on all models (V-8 -- up to 7,400 lbs. and V-6 @ 6,200
lbs.). Durango also features more than 45 safety and security features.
About the Dodge Brand
For nearly 100 years, Dodge has defined passionate and innovative vehicles
that stand apart in performance and in style. Building upon its rich heritage
of muscle cars, racing technology and ingenious engineering, Dodge offers a
full-line of cars, crossovers, minivans and SUVs built for top performance --
from power off the line and handling in the corners, to high-quality vehicles
that deliver unmatched versatility and excellent fuel efficiency. Only Dodge
offers such innovative functionality combined with class-leading performance,
exceptional value and distinctive design. With the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart,
the all-new Dodge Charger paired with the ZF eight-speed transmission that
achieves a class-leading 31 miles per gallon on the highway, the new Durango
and the significantly revamped Grand Caravan -- inventor of the minivan --
Journey, Avenger and iconic Challenger, Dodge now has one of the youngest
dealer showrooms in the United States.
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