The 2021 Dodge Durango which was expected to be all-new gets a facelifted version of the sporty SUV. Dodge is finally giving the family-sized Durango the Hellcat treatment, creating the world’s most powerful SUV in the process.
Starting with the latter, the Hellcat is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 710 hp (529 kW / 720 PS) and 645 lb-ft (874 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a standard all-wheel drive system.
This setup enables the model to rocket from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in a ridiculous 3.5 seconds. The SUV also has a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h) and can run the quarter mile in 11.5 seconds. If those specs weren’t crazy enough, the Hellcat can also tow 8,700 lbs (3,946 kg).
A square set of 295/45ZR20 Pirelli Scorpion Zero all-season tires mounted on 20×10 wheels is standard and summer performance tires are optional. To slow things down, the Durango Hellcat has 15.8-inch vented brake rotors grabbed by 6-piston Brembo calipers up front and 13.8-inch rotors with 4-piston calipers in the rear.
Onlookers will hear the Hellcat long before they see it thanks to a massive 10.2-inch X-pipe crossover that leads into large resonators the size of bean cans, according to Jamie Standring, chief engineer for Durango SRT. Twin 4-inch tips peek out from the rear bumper.
The cabin has been significantly improved as it features a new dashboard that echoes the one found in the Challenger. The model also has a revised center stack, new switchgear and a Uconnect 5 infotainment system with a 10.1-inch display (lesser models get an 8.4-inch display). Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included, along with an available wireless phone charger. The Durango retains hard buttons for audio and climate control functions.
The high-performance model comes nicely equipped with heated / ventilated Nappa leather seats that feature suede accents as well as embroidered Hellcat logos. There is also flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddle shifters. The Hellcat model has a thick, flat-bottom steering wheel and keeps butts planted with heavily bolstered sport seats.
While Durango Hellcats come standard with three seating rows and six-passenger capacity, a Lightweight Performance package will drop the third row for weight savings and make the big Hellcat a two-row, five-seater with a second-row bench, copied from motor authority .
The Durango SRT Hellcat will arrive at dealerships early next year and the company will begin accepting orders this fall. However, Dodge said the Hellcat will only be available for the 2021 model year.