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Coming With Both ICE and BEV Powertrains

Dodge Durango once again joins Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger in offering SRT Hellcat models. The 2023 Durango SRT Hellcat also expands the Durango lineup to six models, joining the Durango SXT, GT, R/T, Citadel and SRT 392. First introduced as a one-year only model for 2021, Durango SRT Hellcat storms back to life thanks to enthusiast demand and remains the perfect choice for SUV muscle enthusiasts with families.

After being roughly the same SUV since 2011, the Dodge Durango is set for a shakeup. With Stellantis answering to regulatory demands that have spurned the New Malaise Era, the “three row muscle car” that America has come to know, especially with the world’s most powerful SUV in the Durango SRT Hellcat, we are likely be in for something a with a bit of an electrified twist.

Next-Generation 2026 Dodge Durango: Details

The next-generation Dodge Durango, codenamed D6U, will arrive for the 2026 model year. Production for this epic SUV will continue at the Detroit Assembly Complex inside the city limits of Detroit alongside the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The new Durango will likely use the STLA Large architecture, which is the same architecture that underpins vehicles like the Dodge Charger Daytona Banshee EV, Jeep Wagoneer S, off-road-focused Jeep Recon, and the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee. This information comes from documents released during the recent United Auto Workers contract negotiations, which have been revealing some juicy information as of late.

Dodge Durango

The documents also indicate that the next-generation Durango will feature two powertrain options: an internal combustion engine or a battery-electric (BEV). Dealers were given a sneak peek of a new Dodge E-segment SUV design concept at the March annual dealer meeting in Las Vegas. This vehicle was dubbed the Dodge Stealth there, which we also reported on. Those in attendance were beholden to a new three-row SUV with a sportier, more streamlined look and a more contemporary design language. That said, it was just a concept, so what dealers saw is still subject to change.

Being a future STLA Large SUV, we’re likely to see powertrains ranging from a 2.0L Hurricane turbo four with a hybrid electric system, to the high-output Hurricane turbo inline-six. The latter of which has 540 horsepower, but certainly won’t sound like the snorting, howling Hemi V8.

While this is very exciting, we won’t see the new Dodge Durango concept until late 2024 or early 2025, with the current Dodge Durango ending production in 2025. Until then, Dodge is expected to debut more products this year and next, with Kuniskis previously telling MC&T that there will be “More (Dodge products) than you see today.

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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