It’s official: For 2024, the only Dodge vehicle that retains the legendary Hemi V8 engine is the Dodge Durango. But with that comes a slew of updates for the potent SUV, and yes, the Hellcat is back for another year.
2024 Dodge Durango: What’s New
While the Hellcat is the highlight of the 2024 Dodge Durango, there are quite a few, more pragmatic updates. Blind spot monitoring is now standard on all trims, and if you want the more advanced system with the trailer detect function, that is obtained through the Trailer Tow Package. Dodge has also made the popular Tow N Go package available for all trims. If you didn’t know, the Tow N Go package bumps the tow rating of the SUV to a whopping 8,700 pounds and boosts the top speed to 145 mph. It also adds track, sport, snow, and tow driving modes to the Dodge Durango and a sportier exhaust for better-sounding acceleration.
As for the performance options of the 2024 Dodge Durango, the SRT 392 and Hellcat remain, providing those who missed out on the chance to order a 2023 Dodge Charger or Challenger another opportunity to get the mighty engine before it’s too late. Considering that Dodge is still dealing with lawsuits surrounding the Dodge Durango Hellcat, which started in 2021, it was surprising to see the SUV return for 2023, let alone 2024. We assume the Durango will follow in the Ram 1500 TRX’s massive tire treads.
It’s been revealed that 2024 will be the final production year of the legendary TRX trim as we know it. That means Ram is doing away with the legendary Hemi V8 engine in the truck as it readies a refreshed truck for the next model year. It seems we may see the same thing happen with the Dodge Durango, making 2024 the official final hurrah for the engine, and this Durango generation, before it gets replaced by the High Output Hurricane I-6 engine from Stellantis, which is rated to be more efficient and has more horsepower than the 6.2L Hemi V8 (without the supercharger) in what’s likely to be a sleeker package akin to the WL Jeep Grand Cherokee.
It was previously reported that this next-gen SUV would be called the Stealth, as the Durango nameplate would move upmarket as a full-size model sharing a platform with the Jeep Wagoneer. Newer reports have put that plan on ice, indicating that the Durango will stay put, size-wise, and the Stealth name will likely be kept on the shelf for now.