The next-generation Dodge Durango is expected to share the same body-on-frame platform as the Wagoneer.
With the arrival of the three-row 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, the futureof the Dodge Durango looked uncertain. The current Durango has been in production since 2011 and is expected to reach the end of its lifecycle in 2023, leaving us wondering if Dodge will revive the three-row SUV for a new generation. Thanks to Mopar Insiders, we now have the answer.
According to the publication, the current Durango will end production for the 2023 model year before being replaced by an all-new model.
But whereas the current Durango is underpinned by the same unibody platform as the Grand Cherokee, the new Durango will reportedly revert back to a body-on-frame platform used by the Jeep Wagoneer. According to Mopar Insiders, the Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit, Michigan, that produces the Durango and Grand Cherokee is struggling to meet demand for the Grand Cherokee.
As such, the next-generation Durango will reportedly go into production at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant, where the Wagoneer and Grand Cherokee are built.
Switching to a body-on-frame platform will enable the Durango to compete with the Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition and also enhance its towing capability. In certain configurations, the Durango offers a maximum towing capacity of 8,700 pounds, while the Wagoneer can tow up to 10,000 pounds. Since the premium Wagoneer starts at $80,000, the new Durango will be a more affordable alternative full-size SUV.
Slotting below the Durango will be a compact crossover rumored to revive the Dodge Hornet nameplate. As for what lies under the hood, the new Durango is expected to utilize the turbocharged 3.0-liter GME-T6 inline-six-cylinder engine that will power the upcoming Wagoneer plug-in hybrid. Production of the next-generation Durango is expected to start in late 2023, which suggests it will go on sale for the 2024 model year.