The brand-new generation of the Durango SUV is on the way. The company is preparing some radical changes. One of them is the return of the 2020 Dodge Durango to body-on-frame architecture. This move is going to free this and Jeep Grand Cherokee from competing for each other.
For the 2020 Dodge Durango and FCA, this is a risky move, as much as it could be the bull’s eye. On one hand, the new BoF architecture means the complete overhaul. On the other hand, the carmaker would do it anyway, with the next-gen SUV. Changes are going to draw attention, but enthusiasts and experts are going to check every detail on the new vehicle.
2020 Dodge Durango Drivetrains
With the move to the new platform, the body of the 2020 Dodge Durango will suffer the most changes. The new look is bringing new parts, panels, details. On the other hand, engineers are not going to have too much job. For the first edition of the next generation Durango, drivetrain lineup remains the same. That means we will get a 3.6-liter V-6 unit for the base models. Nevertheless, this one is the least interesting unit. When optional engines are V8s, then there is no doubt why all fans are asking more about these.
The first one is a 5.7-liter V-8 that produces 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. Again, neither this one is the powertrain that will top the offer. It is a 6.4-liter V-8 beast that lays under the bonnet of the 2020 Dodge Durango SRT model. It is going to deliver even more power than the current version. After the update, the Durango SRT will explode with 500 horses and 490 pound-feet of torque.
2020 Dodge Durango Trim Levels
We already mentioned the 2020 Dodge Durango SRT. It is again the most exciting version of the SUV. Of course, it is the most expensive as well. Current edition goes over $65,000. For less money, we can choose among many other solutions. Pretty good price-to-power ratio comes from R/T and Citadel SUVs. Of course, you will pay the least if you opt for a V6 engine.
2020 Dodge Durango Production is Moving to Warren
With the switch from unibody to the body-on-frame platform, the 2020 Dodge Durango will have to be assembled in another factory. At this time, the SUV is sharing the lines with Jeep Grand Cherokee in Detroit, Michigan. The 2020 Durango will say in the same state but will move to the assembly plant in Warren. There, the FCA is producing a Ram 1500 truck that also uses BoF architecture. From the leaking sources, we found out that the Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles Group is investing $1,1 billion in this project.
Expectations and Competition
The growing competition is one of the reasons why the 2020 Dodge Durango is going back to the body-on-frame platform. In its second generation, the SUV used this architecture. With the arrival of the third series of the vehicle in 2009, it moved to unibody concept. Now, with the new generation around the corner, bosses in the FCA decided to make a radical move.
Another reason is excellent sales, both of Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee. SUVs of the same carmaker, built in the same plant being rivals are not so wise move. So, the company is creating more space for both models, since different platforms will draw the attention of different car lovers. Well, both 2020 Dodge Durango and the next Grand Cherokee remain in the mid-size SUV class.
2020 Dodge Durango Release Date
The official release date is not set yet. But, the 2020 Dodge Durango is not coming this year. Also, fans could wait until 2020 to see it out. Initially, the plan was to switch platforms in 2021, but the company must speed up the process. So, the possible delay is not going to be a surprise.