- dodge is giving the durango suv a much-needed makeover for the 2021 model year, and it also gets a 710-hp srt hellcat model.
- it borrows styling cues from the charger widebody and has an updated interior with an available 10.1-inch touchscreen.
- the new durango is available to order now, and they're scheduled to arrive at dealers this fall. pricing is expected to start at $32,000 and top out at $83,000 for the srt hellcat.
yes, the dodge durango is getting a 710-hp srt hellcat variant, that's the exciting news. however, the entire 2021 durango lineup, including the sxt, gt, citadel, r/t, and srt 392 models, is getting updated looks, a new driver-focused cabin, and new technology. they won't cover a quarter-mile of asphalt as quickly, but these are some much-needed improvements to dodge's big suv.
the new durango gets a more aggressive look by taking some fashion advice from the dodge charger widebody. it borrows elements from the four-door muscle car's front fascia, led headlights and running lights, hood, grille, and rear spoiler. on the hell-raisin' srt hellcat, the fog lamps are ditched for air intakes to cool the big supercharged v-8, and the srt 392 models get a new front splitter and rear spoiler. there's three different grille textures across the durango lineup: the hellcat's is gloss black and gets larger openings for cooling, of course; the srt 392, r/t, and gt models have a wide honeycomb grille in black; and the citadel and sxt models get a painted granite crystal grille.
additionally, the 2021 durango has a closet full of new shoes: six choices of new 20-inch wheel designs from silver to satin carbon to full-on black. on the srt hellcat and srt 392, the wheels are wrapped in pirelli scorpion zero all-season rubber, though p zero high-performance tires are available. dual-center stripes are still available on the gt, r/t, srt 392, and srt hellcat models, and can be equipped in black with red accents, bright blue, flame red, gunmetal low gloss, and sterling silver.
the durango's somewhat outdated interior is getting a nice update for the 2021 model year as well. it features a new instrument panel, roomier center console, and a 10.1-inch touch screen because who doesn't like big screens? however, an 8.4-inch screen is standard on the sxt and gt models. both screens are equipped with the latest uconnect 5 infotainment system with standard apple carplay, android auto, and amazon alexa, and don't worry, there are still buttons for things like the climate control settings. underneath the screen there's a new wireless charging pad along with roomier center console storage.
a flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters taken from the challenger and charger is standard on the srt models but can be equipped on the gt and r/t as well. the srt logo on the steering wheel is backlit red on the hellcat and white on the srt 392. forged carbon-fiber trim is standard on the r/t, srt 392, and srt hellcat models, and the hellcat gets heated and cooled nappa leather and suede front seats with an embroidered hellcat logo.
in addition to the supercharged 6.2-liter v-8 that powers the 710-hp srt hellcat model, the 2021 durango has three other engine options: the srt 475-hp 6.4-liter v-8, a 360-hp 5.7-liter hemi v-8, and a 295-hp 3.6-liter pentastar v-6 engine. the v-6 powers the sxt, gt, and citadel models, although the 5.7-liter is available on the citadel and r/t. the 6.4-liter v-8 powers the high-performance srt 392 model. for those who want to tow trailers, campers, or their charger or challenger track toy with their durango, there's a tow n go package on r/t models that enables an 8,700-pound towing capacity (the v-6 tops out at 6,200 pounds, and 7,400 pounds for hemis without the towing package). even better, tow n go adds the srt exhaust for some extra mean rumbles. it's also equipped with srt wheels and tires, brembo brakes, and additional track, sport, snow, and tow drive modes.
the 2021 dodge durango is available to order now, and they're scheduled to arrive at dealers this fall. the 710-hp durango hellcat won't arrive until early 2021. pricing is expected to start at $32,000 for the sxt, $36,000 for the gt, $42,000 for the citadel, $45,000 for the r/t, $65,000 for the srt 392, and $83,000 for the srt hellcat.