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Durango getting PUG

by David Zatz on

The Dodge Durango, which is built on the same line as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, will also get the upgraded Pentastar engine (“PUG”), according to credible source RamMan — backed up by a new horsepower rating of 295.

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The Durango will also get a stop-start  system on the V6, for better city mileage, and a new sport mode for more responsive driving. Dodge claims 600 miles of highway driving on a single tank of fuel, or up to 7,400 pounds of towing capacity with the optional Hemi V8. There is no diesel option.

colorsThe new Durango also replaces the old hybrid steering with electric power steering, dropping the hydraulic pump, and adds three colors which we can show for the first time today. Deep cherry red, black forest green, and sandstone have been dropped.

The company has yet to announce torque and fuel economy figures, but the new 3.6 liter Pentastar engine has adopted numerous measures to reduce friction and pumping losses, and should gain at least one mile per gallon — more in real life city traffic, due to the stop-start system.


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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