Isn't internal competition not supposed to happen?
The current Dodge Durango generation, which received a minor facelift for 2021, is expected to be retired following the 2023 model year. Production of the Hellcat-powered variant will end in the coming few weeks. No 2022 model is planned. Before the completely redesigned fourth-generation arrives, however, Dodge isn't done with the current SUV.
According to Mopar Insiders, Dodge will soon reveal a new Durango trim for 2022 called the R/T Plus. This could be a very attractive package for many buyers as it'll reportedly come with a solid amount of standard features. But what's kind of surprising is that it could potentially lure away some Jeep Grand Cherokee L buyers. Yes, that'd be internal competition, something automakers try to avoid like the plague.
Some of the R/T Plus's standard equipment will include a blind-spot detection system, power sunroof, a 19-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system, Nappa leather seats, and the Premium Interior Group consisting of a premium instrument panel and Dinamica Suede headliner. Safety-conscious buyers will also appreciate forward-collision warning plus, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and advanced brake assist. Basically, the R/T Plus combines the sporty flavor of the R/T and some luxury and safety items normally reserved for the more luxurious Citadel trim.
Perhaps one of the new trim's strongest selling points is the ability to include the $4,995 Tow N' Go Package that packs in things like a 20-inch aluminum spare wheel, black Brembo brakes, a Class IV receiver-hitch, high-performance exhaust and suspension, improved steering, the Quadra-Trac on-demand 4WD system, and trailer brake controller. Best of all, there's the 8,700-pound maximum towing capacity.
The Rear DVD Entertainment System and Trailer-Tow Group IV, both $1,995 extra, are also available. Even dual Mopar stripes can be tacked on for another $1,195. Before any of those option packs, the R/T Plus will carry a starting price of $52,225 for RWD and $54,825 for AWD. Neither figure includes the $1,595 destination fee. Under the hood is the familiar 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic is the sole gearbox option.
To compare, the also three-row and similarly equipped Grand Cherokee L Overland and Summit trims can't be had for at least $54,000 and $58,060, respectively, and that's without the optional V8. The Durango R/T Plus could be the better choice for those who don't have their hearts set on driving a Jeep.