2018 Dodge Durango SRT Is Near Identical To Jeep Grand Cherokee

Feb 09, 2017 06:16 AM EST | Ed Saludes

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The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT had its reveal just ahead of the Chicago Auto Show. Dodge touts it as the brand's most powerful three-row SUV. However, it is inevitable to notice the vehicle's similarities with the Jeep Grand Cherokee being both SUVs under the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group of company.

The Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee have different versions that are of the same architecture. The redevelopment of Durango SRT resulted in a muscle car with a 475hp 6.4L V8 engine. Dodge's engine produces 470 pound-feet of torque which goes to all four wheels through an all-wheel-drive system. It can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds and can run the quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds.

The Durango SRT's widebody style and vented hood are similar to the one used by the Dodge Charger Hellcat. This sporty SUV boasts of an 8,600-pound tow rating, which is the highest among three-row SUVs.

It is hard for Dodge to separate the Durango from the Grand Cherokee, but many are asking what the point is for the two FCA cars having the same engine. Dodge still considers the Durango as a different option in the market as it offers three rows of seats, which the Grand Cherokee lacks.

The Grand Cherokee SRT provides the proper mix of sport, strength, and storage. These features are also the selling points of the Durango SRT.

The Durango SRT has a ballpark price of $68,000 which places it in the cost category of luxury SUVs. Its other features include high-performance Brembo brakes, suspension with computer-controlled adaptive dampers, T-bar shifter, and deep bucket seats.

The car's cooling has several enhancements including air extraction vents on the hood, a gaping central air intake in the front bumper, and new air intakes above the fog lights. Dodge added an extra air inlet in the bumper between the upper and lower grilles.

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