WINDSOR, Ont.—Chrysler Canada says its 2014 Dodge Durango SUV will have a starting sticker price of $39,995 and top out at $51,995 when it hits Canadian showrooms in September.
According to the automaker, the bulky sport utility will feature seven-passenger seating, an eight-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and push-button start as standard equipment.
Available in five trim levels, the SXT, Rallye, Limited and Citadel models feature Chrysler’s 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 as the standard engine, delivering 290-horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque.
Step up to the Durango R/T and its MSRP of $48,995 and enjoy an adrenaline-pumping 360-horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque thanks to Dodge’s signature 5.7L HEMI V8.
The V8-equipped Durango can tow as much as 7,200 lbs., while those equipped with the Pentastar V6 have a towing capacity of 6,200 lbs.
Both engines deliver comparable fuel mileage, with the V6 capable of an estimated 8.3 litres/100 kilometres, and the V8 up to 9.1 litres/100 kilometres thanks to its cylinder-deactivation system that can shut down to four cylinders on the highway.
The R/T model also features a sport-tuned suspension that drops the ride height 20 millimetres, a performance-tuned exhaust, 20-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels and leather seating with red accent stitching.
The Durango R/T also features a standard nine-speaker Alpine audio system with 506-watt amplifier.
The top-of-the-line Durango Citadel model features heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats in perforated Nappa leather available in three colours, 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, a power sunroof, rain-sensitive front windshield wipers and a multimedia centre with an 8.4-inch touchscreen.
Expect the new Durango to hit dealerships at the end of the third quarter of 2013.