Just after the all-new Dodge Durango made its big debut, Dodge has already announced its Heat Package for the 2011 redesigned model. While we're excited by the fact that Dodge is back with some exciting (and relevant) product, we are a bit disappointed about this package's engine offering. In place of offering the Hemi V8, Dodge has opted for a version of its also new 3.6-liter V6, now with 295 hp (up 5 hp over the standard) and 260 lb-ft of torque.
The supposed benefit of the V6 choice is improved fuel economy, with the Heat earning an EPA 16/23 city/highway rating for the rear-wheel drive model and 16/22 for the all-wheel drive. Dodge claims the Heat is "designed to complement the performance-tuned Durango R/T and is meant to thrill anyone who truly loves to drive." It also comes with dual-exhaust, tuned air induction, custom 20-inch Satin Carbon finished wheels, and best-in-class of more than 50 cubic feet of storage room. A bit of weight is also saved by eliminating the third-row passenger seating.
Overall, the Heat package is basically an R/T without the V8 engine. With a $30,295 msrp, the 2011 Durango Heat will go on sale shortly.