The Dodge Durango (WD) is one of the longest-running and most popular SUVs in the American market today. Its history began in 1998, and the current Durango, the third generation, was launched in 2011 and updated in 2013 and 2021. However, an all-new Durango is scheduled for 2026, according to documents released during the recent United Auto Workers (UAW) contract negotiations.
The next-generation Dodge Durango, codenamed D6U, will continue to be produced at the Detroit Assembly Complex inside the city limits of Detroit alongside the Jeep® Grand Cherokee. The new Durango will be made on the unibody STLA Large architecture. The same architecture will underpin a majority of new Stellantis North America vehicles like the Dodge Charger (LB) muscle car, luxurious Jeep Wagoneer S (KX), off-road-ready Jeep Recon (EJ), and the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee (J6U).
The documents indicate that the next-generation Durango will feature internal combustion engine (ICE) and battery-electric (BEV) powertrain options. The STLA Large architecture will now be the base for most D-segment and all E and F-segment unibody vehicles going forward. The architecture is designed to deliver up to 500 miles (800 km) of electric range with Stellantis-designed electric drive modules (EDMs) and modular battery packs. Designers and engineers can tailor the platform’s length, width, and powertrain configuration to specific product designs.
Dealers were given a sneak peek of a new Dodge E-segment SUV design concept at the March annual dealer meeting in Las Vegas. There, it was called the Dodge Stealth. Those in attendance were shown a new three-row SUV with a sportier, more streamlined look and a more contemporary design language. While this vehicle was shown, its look wasn’t finalized.
When the vehicle arrives, it should retain the Durango nameplate. The Durango name has a long history since 1998 and is generally well-regarded by the public.
The next-generation Durango will be the second all-electric vehicle in the Dodge portfolio, behind the Dodge Charger Daytona. We probably won’t see the new Durango in concept form until late 2024 or early 2025. Until then, the current Dodge Durango will be sold in 2024 and 2025, which isn’t bad.