The Durango is one of the more masculine looking crossovers out there but even though it is a great car for the price, it didn’t sell all that well, especially when compared with a car which is using the same platform, the Grand Cherokee. Because of that and due to the fact that Dodge is going to be highly changed in the next few years, the Durango has been officially announced that it is going to be discontinued at the end of 2015, so the 2016 Dodge Durango model is going to be the last one from the series.
Just like with any other final edition of a car, the Durango is going to feature a few upgrades over the current model, which are going to make it a bit more desirable. Most people expect a more hard-core SUV rather than a mild crossover like the Durango but we do think that the next generation is just going to be a different type of Grand Cherokee bearing a different name, other than the Durango.
2016 Dodge Durango Price
The design of the 2016th model is going to see an update for the last time while the interior will become even more comfortable and luxurious than before. The base price for this final edition model should be around $31,000 which is a mere increase of $500 over the previous car. The release date has been set in the mid of 2015 and it will be produced for another half of a year before being discontinued completely. It will be replaced sometime in the future but we don’t know yet which car is going to take its place.
Engine wise, the 2016 Dodge Durango still features the same two engines as before, so the car brings as standard a naturally aspirated 3.6 liter V6 which is actually incredibly smooth and powerful for its size. It will see a small power bump to 305 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque while the 5.7 liter V8 will also see a bump in power to around 365 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. Bear in mind that these two engines are only going to be available for a limited amount of time.
Unfortunately Dodge still refuses to offer the great 3.0 liter twin-turbo diesel V6 which offers a tremendous amount of torque which would benefit the car greatly. However, the two engines in offer will have to do for one more year. Just like before, both of them are going to boast a new 8 speed automatic and this time a standard all-wheel drive system except on the entry level.
The interior of the last generation of the Durango won’t remain untouched, so it is expected to become even more comfortable than before with the addition of heated and ventilated electrically adjustable front seats, adjustable rear seats as well as a standard infotainment and satellite navigation unit. Options are likely going to include a dual-electric sunroof, leather upholstery, wooden inserts as well as a rear infotainment system. All of these might also be introduced in a package which could be bought for a lot less than each individual option.
On the outside the 2016 Dodge Durango is going to be mostly identical to the current model. The only real changes are going to be the accents of the car which are going to be painted in a new color while the wheels are going to see an upgrade. Each model will receive a boost to light alloy wheels coupled with all-season tires, a costly option on the previous generation. At the back this car will also receive badges that will show this will be a last generation model. There is also a small possibility for each vehicle getting a number but that is more likely to happen with some limited edition and for vehicles that usually come in significantly lower numbers.