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.
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.
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.