Land­Cruiser mis­sile

A big Yank gives Toy­ota some­thing to think about

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News - PAUL GOVER CHIEF REPORTER paul.gover@carsguide.com.au twit­ter @paulward­gover

AN Amer­i­can heavy­weight SUV is be­ing read­ied for a po­ten­tial at­tack on Toy­ota’s Land­Cruiser.

Af­ter more than 15 years of un­ful­filled dreams and bro­ken prom­ises, Dodge is fi­nally plan­ning to bring its Du­rango seven-seater to Aus­tralia.

Amer­i­can sources con­firm to Carsguide the early stages of a right-hand drive pro­gram that’s been promised on the Du­rango since it was launched in 1998.

The RHD plan ex­ploits a me­chan­i­cal plat­form and fac­tory shared with the lat­est Grand Chero­kee that’s been a big suc­cess for Jeep in Aus­tralia.

The mas­sive SUV could be here in­side 18 months.

The Du­rango could even be badged as a Jeep and could, po­ten­tially, be sold with a price tag that’s $5000 or less above the cur­rent $43,000 start­ing sticker for the Grand Chero­kee.

The Du­rango is big and bold, sells well in the US and would be rel­a­tively cheap and easy to pro­duce in right-hand drive. Fiat Chrysler ad­mits the idea of a Du­rango in Aus­tralia is a good one.

“If it was avail­able, with the right mix of spec­i­fi­ca­tions and pric­ing, we are con­fi­dent that Aus­tralians would love the Du­rango,” says com­pany spokes­woman Karla Leach.

“With nearly 50 per cent of the SUVs in the Grand Chero­kee’s com­pet­i­tive set be­ing seven-seaters (hav­ing the same num­ber) would al­low us to of­fer a fresh and ap­peal­ing al­ter­na­tive in this sig­nif­i­cant mar­ket seg­ment.”

News flash: An­chor An­chor­man’s

Ron Ro o on Bur­gundy u gu dy fronts the t Du­rango ad cam­paign in the US

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