Pow­er­ful Dodge Du­rango has class-lead­ing tow­ing, driv­ing range

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The Dodge Du­rango’s com­bi­na­tion of un­com­pro­mised util­ity, ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy, class-lead­ing tow­ing and driv­ing range, con­fi­dent driv­ing dy­nam­ics and ag­gres­sive styling make it the Dodge Charger of the SUV seg­ment. For the 2016 model year, the Du­rango lineup fea­tures new ex­te­rior ap­pear­ance pack­ages, new up­grades to its class-exclusive Ucon­nect sys­tem, a new stan­dard wheel on each model and four all­new paint col­ors.

For 2016, all Dodge Du­rango mod­els now of­fer Sport mode ca­pa­bil­ity, which driv­ers can se­lect for a more re­spon­sive driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Turn­ing on Sport mode changes the steer­ing cal­i­bra­tion, pedal cal­i­bra­tion and shift pat­tern to fur­ther en­hance the Du­rango’s out­stand­ing on-road driv­ing per­for­mance.

En­gine stop-start (ESS) tech­nol­ogy, an emis­sion-low­er­ing and fuel-sav­ing feature, is now stan­dard on 2016 Dodge Du­rango mod­els pow­ered by the 3.6-liter Pen­tas­tar V-6 en­gine.

ESS tech­nol­ogy in­creases fuel ef­fi­ciency by shut­ting the en­gine off when the ve­hi­cle comes to a com­plete stop. Ameni­ties (ra­dio, gauges, heat­ing or air con­di­tion­ing, etc.) con­tinue to op­er­ate, mak­ing the op­er­a­tion trans­par­ent to the driver. The en­gine restarts au­to­mat­i­cally when the driver re­leases the brake, al­low­ing seam­less ac­cel­er­a­tion.

Starter and bat­tery sys­tems have been up­graded to com­ple­ment the ESS tech­nol­ogy for heavy-duty op­er­a­tion on mod­els equipped with the feature. This in­cludes a high-dura­bil­ity starter housed in a stronger case, heavy-duty fly­wheel teeth and a more ro­bust starter so­le­noid. Dur­ing test­ing, the new starter was sub­jected to dura­bil­ity test­ing cy­cles more than 2.5 times that of a non-stop-start equipped unit — more than 300,000 on/off cy­cles. The new bat­tery fea­tures 700 amps with ab­sorbed glass mat (AGM) tech­nol­ogy.

Sys­tem volt­age is con­tin­u­ally mon­i­tored through a bat­tery sen­sor. If the bat­tery’s charge is re­duced, the ve­hi­cle will dis­con­tinue stop-start un­til the bat­tery is recharged to an ac­cept­able level.

Stop-start is ac­ti­vated au­to­mat­i­cally and re­quires no in­put from the driver. A sys­tem dis­able switch is lo­cated on the dash if the op­er­a­tor wishes to sus­pend the feature.

Also new for 2016, the Dodge Du­rango Ci­tadel now fea­tures as stan­dard a newly de­signed 20-inch fully pol­ished wheel and a monochro­matic ex­te­rior ap­pear­ance with body-color front fas­cia, rear fas­cia and wheel flares. The An­odized Plat­inum Ap­pear­ance Pack­age is avail­able on the Ci­tadel and fea­tures

20-inch Satin Car­bon wheels with plat­inum ex­te­rior mir­ror caps, grille sur­round, fog lamp bezels, ex­te­rior badg­ing, door han­dles and lower sills.

The 2016 Dodge Du­rango R/T in­cludes a new stan­dard 20-inch low gloss Gran­ite Crys­tal wheel and a plethora of fea­tures added as stan­dard, in­clud­ing front ven­ti­lated Nappa leather seats with ei­ther Black or Radar Red Nappa leather; per­fo­rated, heated steer­ing wheel; power tilt/tele­scop­ing steer­ing wheel; power eight-way pas­sen­ger seats; rain-sen­si­tive wind­shield wipers; 8.4-inch pre­mium touch­screen ra­dio with nav­i­ga­tion; cargo net and cargo com­part­ment cover; and SmartBeam HID head­lamps.

The Brass Mon­key Ap­pear­ance Pack­age is new for 2016 and avail­able on the Lim­ited model to fur­ther dif­fer­en­ti­ate the Dodge Du­rango on the road. The Brass Mon­key Ap­pear­ance Pack­age fea­tures 20-inch Brass Mon­key (Bur­nished Bronze) wheels, Gloss Black grille and ex­te­rior badge, and body-color door han­dles, ex­te­rior mir­rors, front fas­cia, rear fas­cia, sills and wheel flares.

The Lim­ited model also fea­tures a new fin­ish on the stan­dard 18-inch wheel that is pol­ished with Gran­ite Crys­tal pock­ets. The avail­able Pre­mium Group has been en­hanced with new 20-inch pol­ished alu­minum wheels and body-color lower front fas­cia, rear fas­cia, sills and wheel flares.

New for 2016 on the Dodge Du­rango SXT is a stan­dard Satin Car­bon fin­ish on the 18-inch wheel.

For 2016 Dodge Du­rango ve­hi­cles equipped with the 8.4-inch touch­screen, Ucon­nect is in­tro­duc­ing new fea­tures that in­clude the all-new Drag and Drop menu bar, Siri Eyes Free, Do Not Dis­turb, and Sir­iusXM Tune Start.

• Drag and Drop Menu Bar: Du­rango own­ers now have the abil­ity to per­son­al­ize their touch­screen con­trols to fit their life­style and have one-but­ton ac­cess to the fea­tures and ser­vices they value most. From Travel Link to heated or cooled seats and Yelp, driv­ers now can sim­ply drag their fa­vorite feature or ser­vice icon from the apps menu and move them to their Ucon­nect sys­tem’s main menu bar.

• Siri Eyes Free: Via the voice but­ton on the steer­ing wheel and com­pat­i­ble with an Ap­ple iPhone 4s or later, with Siri Eyes Free, driv­ers can speak nat­u­ral lan­guage voice com­mands to send text mes­sages, play mu­sic, set re­minders, place phone calls and ac­cess turn-by-turn di­rec­tions. Driv­ers will sim­ply push and hold the voice recog­ni­tion but­ton on the steer­ing wheel un­til the Siri screen ap­pears on the 8.4-inch touch­screen and hear the au­di­ble tones.

• Do Not Dis­turb: Ve­hi­cle own­ers who pre­fer not be in­ter­rupted with phone calls or text mes­sages while driv­ing can choose to turn on the new “Do Not Dis­turb” and “Re­ply with Text Mes­sage” feature. Lo­cated within the Ucon­nect sys­tem’s phone screen, once en­abled with the push of a but­ton or via voice com­mand, the Do Not Dis­turb icon will route all in­com­ing mo­bile calls to voice­mail and sup­press text mes­sages. If the ve­hi­cle owner chooses to en­able the Do Not Dis­turb feature, they also have the abil­ity to send a de­fault or cus­tom­ized re­sponse once a call or text mes­sage is re­ceived.

• Sir­iusXM Tune Start: A Sir­iusXM feature new to FCA US cus­tomers that starts songs from the be­gin­ning when switch­ing be­tween their fa­vorite pre­set satel­lite ra­dio chan­nels, en­sur­ing that driv­ers and pas­sen­gers do not miss a beat of their songs they want to hear.

The 2016 Dodge Du­rango is avail­able in four trim lev­els: SXT, Lim­ited, R/T and Ci­tadel. Ex­te­rior col­ors in­clude Red Pearl, Light Brown­stone, Lux­ury Brown, Ivory Pearl Tri­coat, Bil­let Sil­ver Metal­lic, Bright White, Bril­liant Black Crys­tal Pearl, Gran­ite Crys­tal Metal­lic, Max­i­mum Steel Metal­lic, Red­line 2 Coat Pearl (Ral­lye, Black­top and R/T only) and True Blue Metal­lic.

Dodge Du­rango of­fers a host of pre­mium fea­tures, such as high-end in­te­ri­ors, the lat­est in­fo­tain­ment tech­nol­ogy and im­pres­sive pow­er­train op­tions, along with the ex­te­rior de­sign that is dis­tinc­tively Dodge.

HIGH-TECH EX­TE­RIOR LOOK

The Dodge de­sign team went to work to cre­ate an ex­te­rior that con­veys how ad­vanced the Du­rango is, while main­tain­ing the mus­cu­lar body and con­fi­dent per­son­al­ity cus­tomers ex­pect from Dodge.

The 2016 Dodge Du­rango fea­tures pro­jec­tor beam head­lamps, with LED day­time run­ning lamps on SXT Ral­lye and Black­top pack­ages, Lim­ited, R/T and Ci­tadel. The LED lamps run hor­i­zon­tally along the bot­tom edge of the head­lamp and form a unique “hockey-stick” shape. Bi-xenon high-in­ten­sity dis­charge (HID) head­lamps are stan­dard on R/T and Ci­tadel. Auto-lev­el­ing tech­nol­ogy ad­justs head­light beam aim for slight changes in elevation.

Stan­dard on SXT are bright head­lamps, bright chrome grille, and bright chrome ac­cents on the front and rear fas­cias and side sills.

For a monochro­matic ap­pear­ance, the Ral­lye Pack­age and R/T mod­els are equipped with dark-tinted head­lamp bezels, body-color front and rear lower fas­cias, wheel flares, grille and sill mold­ings, all unique to these pack­ages. The Black­top Pack­age adds these same de­sign el­e­ments, but with its own unique Gloss Black crosshair grille and gloss black 20-inch alu­minum wheels.

The R/T’s ride height has also been low­ered by 20 mm, fur­ther en­hanc­ing its sporty ap­pear­ance and driv­ing dy­nam­ics.

The Dodge Du­rango has 18- and 20-inch alu­minum wheel de­signs for ev­ery trim level, and feature fin- ishes rang­ing from sil­ver painted to pol­ished alu­minum to class-exclusive Hy­per Black and Gloss Black. In to­tal, there are nine wheel de­signs and fin­ishes to se­lect from.

The rear of the Du­rango sees the dra­matic LED race­track tail lamp de­sign in­spired by the Dodge Charger and Dart. This lat­est evo­lu­tion of the race­track de­sign fea­tures tech­nol­ogy that blends the in­di­vid­ual LEDs into one seam­less look­ing rib­bon of light. Large 3.5-inch dual ex­haust tips are stan­dard on V-8-equipped ve­hi­cles, as well as the V-6 pow­ered Ci­tadel, Ral­lye mod­els and Black­top Pack­age; other V-6 pow­ered Du­rango mod­els have a 3-inch sin­gle tip.

A DRIVER’S THREE-ROW SUV

The 2016 Du­rango con­tin­ues to de­liver ex­cite­ment and re­fine­ment with world-class sus­pen­sion and per­for­mance. Bench­marked against pre­mium per­for­mance SUV’s in the mar­ket, Du­rango de­liv­ers mod­ern­ized re­fine­ment with elec­tron­ics, sus­pen­sion and struc­tural char­ac­ter­is­tics, which are usu­ally found at much higher price points.

The short/long arm front sus­pen­sion and iso­lated multi-link rear sus­pen­sion fea­tures iso­lated front and rear cra­dles to de­liver pre­cise on-road han­dling and com­fort. The four-wheel in­de­pen­dent sus­pen­sion, com­bined with the Du­rango’s nearly 50/50 weight dis­tri­bu­tion, trans­mits to a solid driv­ing feel and fun-to-drive char­ac­ter­is­tics.

AVAIL­ABLE ALL-WHEEL DRIVE

The Dodge Du­rango’s rear- wheel- drive- based driv­e­train is the foun­da­tion for its out­stand­ing on­road driv­ing per­for­mance. Avail­able all-wheel drive (AWD) fur­ther en­hances driver con­fi­dence by lever­ag­ing the SUV’s 50/50 weight dis­tri­bu­tion.

The Du­rango’s two AWD sys­tems — one for the V-8 and one for Pen­tas­tar V-6 pow­ered mod­els — greatly en­hance the ve­hi­cle’s trac­tion and han­dling by de­liv­er­ing a smooth driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on a wide range of road con­di­tions.

While com­peti­tors have switched to front-wheeldrive car-based plat­forms, the HEMI-pow­ered all­wheel drive Du­rango fea­tures a low-range trans­fer case with a neu­tral po­si­tion. Low range im­proves light off-road per­for­mance and helps ease ma­neu­vers, such as pulling a boat up a steep launch or back­ing up with a trailer. The neu­tral po­si­tion in the trans­fer case al­lows the ve­hi­cle to be flat-towed with­out dam­ag­ing pow­er­train com­po­nents.

POW­ER­TRAIN CHOICES

Named one of Ward’s 10 Best En­gines for three con­sec­u­tive years, Du­rango’s stan­dard 3.6-liter Pen­tas­tar V-6 en­gine gen­er­ates an im­pres­sive 290 horse­power (295 horse­power on Ral­lye, Black­top Pack­age and Ci­tadel) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. The Pen­tas­tar V-6 en­gine al­lows Du­rango to tow a best-in-class 6,200 pounds.

The 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 en­gine pro­duces a best-in­class 360 horse­power and 390 lb.-ft. of torque with a best-in-class tow rat­ing of 7,400 pounds. The 5.7-liter HEMI en­gine’s Fuel Saver Tech­nol­ogy with cylin­der-deactivation seam­lessly al­ter­nates be­tween smooth, high-fuel-econ­omy four-cylin­der mode, when less power is needed, and V-8 mode when more power is in de­mand. This op­ti­mizes fuel econ­omy when V-8 power is not re­quired, with­out sac­ri­fic­ing ve­hi­cle per­for­mance or ca­pa­bil­ity.

The 2016 Dodge Du­rango fea­tures a stan­dard eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion with ro­tary shifter and steer­ing wheel-mounted pad­dle shifters as stan­dard equip­ment on all mod­els. This state-of-the-art trans­mis­sion im­proves fuel econ­omy up to 15 per­cent com­pared with the five-speed au­to­matic it re­placed, along with en­hanced per­for­mance and smoother shifts. All these at­tributes per­fectly en­hance Du­rango’s fun-to-drive na­ture.

The 2016 Dodge Du­rango also fea­tures an Eco Mode that con­trib­utes to its im­proved fuel econ­omy. Eco Mode op­ti­mizes the trans­mis­sion’s shift sched­ule, as well as throt­tle sen­si­tiv­ity, and Fuel Saver Tech­nol­ogy with cylin­der deactivation in V-8 mod­els, to max­i­mize fuel econ­omy.

AD­VANCED IN­TE­RIOR

Dodge de­sign­ers have brought Du­rango to the fore­front of tech­nol­ogy in the three-row SUV seg­ment, while tak­ing noth­ing away from the util­ity and build qual­ity for which Du­rango is known.

The in­stru­ment panel fea­tures a cen­ter stack that houses the 5-inch and 8.4-inch Ucon­nect touch­screens. Un­der these large, easy-to-use touch­screens are re­dun­dant but­ton and knob con­trols for audio and cli­mate func­tions. The bot­tom of the cen­ter stack houses a me­dia hub with an SD card slot, USB out­let and aux­il­iary jacks, as well as a stor­age bin.

The in­stru­ment clus­ter has also been given the high-tech treat­ment and in­cludes a full-color 7-inch thin-film tran­sis­tor (TFT) screen. Stan­dard on all mod­els, this screen al­lows for driv­ers to cus­tom­ize more than 100 ways how in­for­ma­tion is pre­sented.

Fram­ing the in­stru­ment clus­ter is a three-spoke steer­ing wheel with stan­dard pad­dle shifters. The but­tons to con­trol TFT driver in­for­ma­tion func­tions are large and il­lu­mi­nated to make them eas­ier to op­er­ate. But­tons for Ucon­nect and phone ac­cess re­side along the bot­tom edge of the ver­ti­cal spokes. Audio con­trols are found on the back of the up­per steer­ing wheel spokes.

SEAT­ING FLEX­I­BIL­ITY

With stan­dard seven-pas­sen­ger seat­ing and lux­u­ri­ous se­cond-row cap­tain’s chairs avail­able on all mod­els, the seats in the 2016 Dodge Du­rango can be con­verted to as many as 50 dif­fer­ent con­fig­u­ra­tions.

Fam­i­lies with three or more chil­dren will find the Du­rango’s avail­able cap­tain’s chairs with pass through es­pe­cially help­ful as two car seats can stay latched into the se­cond row seats, and there’s still easy pass-through for pas­sen­gers to walk be­tween to get to the third row. The se­cond-row cap­tain’s chairs will also make adults feel like they are rid­ing in first-class, with com­fort­able bucket seats with in­di­vid­ual arm­rests.

A fold-flat front pas­sen­ger seat is stan­dard on mod­els that aren’t equipped with the ven­ti­lated seat op­tion. By fold­ing for­ward, the pas­sen­ger seat pro­vides more util­ity, which lets cus­tomers load and carry long ob­jects. Once flat, the seat back panel also serves as a con­ve­nient util­ity ta­ble. An ac­tive head re­straint sys­tem adds to the long list of avail­able safety and se­cu­rity fea­tures.

A ver­sa­tile 60/40 split fold­ing se­cond-row seat con­ve­niently folds and tum­bles. Trans­port­ing long items, like 10-foot 2x4s, is not a prob­lem as the left side of the se­cond row folds 60 per­cent, al­low­ing the versatility of fold­ing the 40 per­cent seat in tan­dem with the front pas­sen­ger fold-flat seat. Longer items can be stowed even with pas­sen­gers in the se­cond row. To make pas­sen­gers more com­fort­able, se­cond-row seats also are avail­able with heat, and they re­cline 18 de­grees.

The third-row seat fea­tures a 50/50 split and is eas­ily folded from the rear of the ve­hi­cle. For even more util­ity, both the se­cond- and third-row seats fold to pro­vide a flat load floor to haul a 6-foot couch with room for a cof­fee ta­ble. Clever touches abound, in­clud­ing a switch in the in­stru­ment panel to re­motely lower the third-row head­rests when not in use.

STATE-OF-THE-ART TECH­NOL­OGY

Five-inch and 8.4-inch touch­screens, a cus­tom­iz­a­ble 7-inch TFT gauge dis­play, for­ward col­li­sion warn­ing with crash mit­i­ga­tion, adap­tive cruise con­trol with stop, the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of Ucon­nect Ac­cess Via Mo­bile and a dual-screen Blu-ray DVD sys­tem are just some of the 2016 Dodge Du­rango’s stan­dard and avail­able state-of-the-art fea­tures.

The for­ward col­li­sion warn­ing sys­tem with crash mit­i­ga­tion alerts the driver if they’re ap­proach­ing a ve­hi­cle in front too quickly, and the adap­tive cruise con­trol with stop will keep Du­rango at a driver-se­lected dis­tance from the ve­hi­cle in front when cruise con­trol is en­gaged and can even bring the SUV to a con­trolled stop.

Ucon­nect Ac­cess con­nects ve­hi­cle oc­cu­pants di­rectly with po­lice, fire depart­ment or am­bu­lance ser­vice dis­patcher with the push of the “9-1-1” but­ton on the Du­rango’s rearview mir­ror — no cell phone needed. The same logic works for road­side as­sis­tance. One push of the “AS­SIST” but­ton sum­mons help di­rectly from the FCA US road­side as­sis­tance provider or the Ve­hi­cle Cus­tomer Care Cen­ter.

Fur­ther peace of mind comes from the avail­able theft alarm no­ti­fi­ca­tion, which alerts own­ers via SMS text mes­sage or e-mail when­ever their Du­rango’s se­cu­rity alarm is ac­ti­vated. For the great­est con­ve­nience and flex­i­bil­ity, up to five peo­ple can be no­ti­fied.

Cus­tomers can put away their smart­phones, keep their hands on the steer­ing wheel and still in­ter­act with their de­vices in the ways to which they are ac­cus­tomed. Me­dia apps from Pan­dora to iHeart ra­dio to Slacker are all avail­able via voice com­mand — a func­tion of Ucon­nect’s pow­er­ful, Cloud-based voice recog­ni­tion ca­pa­bil­ity. Ucon­nect Ac­cess al­lows the driver to ex­e­cute many of the nor­mal func­tions, such as cli­mate, audio, tex­ting and Blue­tooth, all by voice.

Du­rango also has the abil­ity to be used as a Wi-Fi hot spot. A Yelp search en­gine can be used via voice com­mand if the driver needs to find a des­ti­na­tion. Ucon­nect nav­i­ga­tion then cal­cu­lates a route and stores the des­ti­na­tion’s tele­phone num­ber for hands­free call­ing.

A 5-inch touch­screen is stan­dard on SXT mod­els while Lim­ited, R/T and Ci­tadel mod­els (and avail­able on SXT) have the award-win­ning 8.4inch Ucon­nect touch­screen. These screens con­trol audio, cli­mate, phone, ve­hi­cle func­tions, nav­i­ga­tion (if equipped) and the Ucon­nect Ac­cess sys­tem. This sys­tem pro­vides large, easy-to-read graph­ics — in­clud­ing 3D map­ping (8.4-inch screen only) — with in­tu­itive, easy-to-use con­trols.

Mounted on the back of the front seats is an avail­able class-exclusive Blu­ray video rear en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem. This sys­tem fea­tures two high-res­o­lu­tion 9-inch screens, one on each front seat back. Each screen al­lows cus­tomers to watch their movies on Blu-ray or stan­dard DVDs or play their high-def­i­ni­tion me­dia in­ter­face (HDMI) gam­ing sys­tems via in­puts for HDMI ca­bles or RCAs for each screen in­te­grated into the front seat backs. Wire­less head­phones are in­cluded as is a wire­less re­mote.

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