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Dodge to add Challenger, Durango police pursuits?

by David Zatz on

An Allpar reader pointed out that police departments may soon be able to choose Dodge Durangos for their pursuit vehicles, or as special purpose support vehicles. Ford and GM already make their SUVs available as non-pursuit vehicles, and the Jeep Cherokee was sold as a pursuit car for years between the availability of the Gran Fury/Diplomat and Charger.

The Dodge Challenger also appears to be undergoing testing as an official pursuit car. While two door cars have been fielded with official police packages (including the Camaro during the early 2000s), it is still unusual, especially as the Charger should have very similar performance and pricing. However, several departments have already opted for Challengers, and Dodge may be taking advantage of what they see as pent-up demand.

A video of the three is available. Our source wrote:

I saw two black 2011 or 2012 Dodge Durangos with camouflage, making me think they were SRT8 models being tested in New York State, close to the Canadian border. On closer inspection, it appeared as though they were police vehicles being testing, based on dual spot lights near the exterior rear view mirrors and other obvious signs. With hundreds of Ford Crown Victorias and Chevy Tahoes used as blue and gold New York State police vehicles, the state may be hiding the fact that they may turn to Dodge for a new fleet of squad cars. I saw two New York State Police Chargers on the same highway, Route 90 (a.k.a. New York Thruway) close to Buffalo.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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