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Finally! the Dodge Durango Pursuit

by David Zatz on

It’s been six years since Dodge launched their Durango Special Services Vehicle, a mildly altered version of their big SUV meant for non-pursuit police use. In that time, the Ford Explorer has taken a huge chunk of police-car sales, while the Charger has dominated the shrinking police-sedan market.

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Now, that’s changed, with the official launch of a pursuit-rated, Hemi-powered, all-wheel-drive Durango Pursuit — which has already been “informally” tested at the nationally watched Michigan State Police 2018 model-year vehicle evaluations.

The AWD Hemi powertrain is the most commonly ordered Charger pursuit-car combination; but the Durango Pursuit has a different transfer case, with two speeds (normal and low-gear), for off-road use. The Durango Pursuit has a 60-0 mph stopping distance of 134 feet, good even by sedan standards. The engine is rated at 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. Standard equipment will include:

  • An eight-speed automatic (Charger Pursuit still uses a five-speed)
  • The segment’s longest wheelbase (119.8 inches)
  • 8.1 inches of ground clearance
  • Air conditioning with air filtration
  • Class-exclusive, K-9-friendly Tri-Zone interior temperature control
  • Spot lamp wiring prep package
  • 220-amp alternator and 800 cold cranking amp (CCA) battery
  • Heavy-duty oil cooler and water pump
  • Power locking fuel filler door
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