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Next Durango to get “Charger lights”

by David Zatz on

Far from being dropped in 2014, the Dodge Durango is set to be refreshed, according to source Nick, reporting on the Las Vegas dealer conference. While spies reported on seeing a facelifted Durango, one new feature is the “racetrack” tail-lamps, similar to those on Dodge Charger and Dodge Dart.

The 2014 Durango is also expected to get a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission built by Chrysler in Kokomo, Indiana; the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is expected to have the same transmission. Whether it will be standard or optional is still unknown; the new transmission sells (as a replacement part) for nearly double the price of the old five-speed Mercedes automatics, and is known to be an expensive unit. However, the eight-speed dramatically increases acceleration while boosting gas mileage.

While the North American 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is known to be getting a diesel variant, using a VM Motori engine, the status of a Durango diesel is unknown. Given the expense of testing and certifying the engine, and the smaller volume of the Durango, it seems unlikely at this time.

Prior rumors had the Durango being replaced by a Jeep Grand Wagoneer. This may still occur for model-year 2015.

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