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2010 LA Auto Show : Dodge Durango, Challenger, Journey, Charger and Grand Caravan

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Marc-André Hallé
Based on the same platform as the unibody 2011 Grand Cherokee, the new mid-size Durango boasts entirely unique sheetmetal, giving the SUV a sportier demeanour than the Jeep. It’s a few inches longer compared to the Cherokee, which is normal since it gets three rows of seats. The base model is equipped with a 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 that develops 290 horsepower, while the R/T trim benefits from a 360-horsepower, 5.7-litre HEMI V8.

2011 Dodge Durango (Photo: Chrysler)

The 2011 Challenger receives minor styling changes, including an inverted lower grille as well as new door handles. The SE version will also offer the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6, which will develop 305 horsepower, while the SRT8 gets a enlarged, 6.4-litre HEMI V8 that cranks out 475 horses. The car’s cabin also hosts a few changes; the four-spoke steering wheel is replaced by a three-spoke model that’s also found in the Grand Cherokee. Among other improvements, the climate control system now gets an automatic mode and the instrument panel gauges are redesigned.

The major change in the 2011 Journey concerns its entirely reworked interior. A new touch-screen navigation system with a larger display as well as redesigned climate controls. Other notable changes inside the Journey include new seats, new materials and a new front armrest. The base Journey’s 2.4-litre, 4-cylinder powertrain remains the same, but the old V6 is replaced by the 3.6-litre Pentastar, good for 283 horsepower. Dodge also claims that the new Journey’s handling is improved, thanks to its reworked suspension. On the outside, it keeps the same overall shape, but small changes have been performed on the taillights, which now incorporate LED technology, while the fog lamps are bigger and the 19-inch alloy wheels adopt a new design.

2011 Dodge Journey (Photo: Chrysler)
Marc-André Hallé
Marc-André Hallé
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