2021 Dodge Durango Will Feature More Than Just A Hellcat V8

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But buyers are going to have to be patient.

Not one to let a good engine go to waste, Dodge and SRT are planning yet another Hellcat-powered vehicle for the North American market, and it's one that should make performance-SUV fans happy.

As we reported back in February, the 2021 Dodge Durango lineup will gain a new SRT Hellcat model, propelled by the same bonkers, 707-horsepower supercharged V8 as the Hellcat Challenger and Charger, not to mention the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. The new high-output Durango will be a sort of swansong for the current third-generation model line, which is overdue for a replacement.

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But fans might have to wait a bit longer than expected for the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat to take to the streets; according to Mopar Insiders, the 2021 Durango program has been delayed by some three months due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. While the updated model line was expected to start production this fall, it could be winter 2020 -or perhaps early-2021 - before the 2021 Dodge Durango lineup enters production.

Apart from SRT's bellowing, 707-horsepower 6.2L Hellcat motor, the 2021 Dodge Durango lineup is also set to inherit FCA's "eTorque" mild-hybrid system from the likes of the Ram 1500 and Jeep Wrangler. The system will come standard with both the 3.6L Pentastar V6 and 5.7L Hemi V8.

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Mopar Insiders further reports that the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat will launch with a special-edition model, with a serialized badge on the dash much like the special-edition Challenger and Charger models. If there's one thing FCA knows how to do well, it's to drum up enthusiasm with limited-run special-edition trim packages.

Performance in the new Hellcat-powered Durango should be similar to that of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, as the former will essentially inherit the latter's AWD powertrain. The Trackhawk dispatches with 60 mph in a scant 3.5 seconds and blasts through the quarter-mile in 11.6. Those are jaw-dropping figures for a big, heavy utility vehicle.

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Source Credits: Mopar Insiders

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