There has been a lot of excitement surrounding the upcoming refresh to the Dodge Durango for the 2021 model year. With the news that a new Hellcat-powered variant is coming, there are still a lot of people who are fans of the 6.4-liter HEMI V8-powered model. Interestingly enough, we have gotten several e-mails from our readers asking if the 392 HEMI would return under the hood of the 2021 Dodge Durango. The answer is a simple yes.
Our spy photographers have caught several of the 2021 Dodge Durango prototypes running around the Metro Detroit area with full SRT badging, including the 392 HEMI badging on the fenders. The current Dodge Durango SRT is rated at 475 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing it to go from 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 4.4 seconds and covering the quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds as certified by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). We don’t expect much to change powertrain wise for the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT model, besides the updates that the rest of the lineup is getting.
Some of those updates include a new front fascia with LED headlamps and LED fog lamps, a completely new instrument panel (I/P), center console, as well as some new technology updates including the new 10.1-inch Uconnect touchscreen featuring Uconnect 5 software. The new 2021 Dodge Durango looks to have ditched the Dodge trademark crosshair grille on all models. This goes along with the information we released a while back that Dodge would be dropping the crosshair design like the Ram Truck brand has been doing on its models, further separating the brands.
This will be the first time we will see the new Uconnect system with an updated version of the SRT Performance Pages. The system was first shown on the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica earlier this year. While the new 10.1-inch system is standard on all Pacifica models for the 2021 model year, we expect the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT to feature the new system as standard equipment on the performance trim.
The information should make a lot of Durango fans happy, as the Durango SRT isn’t just a performance model in the Durango lineup, but a workhorse as well. The mid-size three-row SUV has a best-in-class towing capability of 8,700 pounds (a full 1,500 pounds more than the Durango R/T). It will also mean there is a performance-based model under the new Hellcat model, which offers a more affordable option for buyers.
We expect the 2021 Dodge Durango to make its official debut soon, as it will start production on October 5th, according to sources close to MoparInsiders.