Dodge has teased two new-and-improved police pursuit vehicles on Instagram.
Since the Ford Crown Victoria's cancellation after 2011, we've seen a flurry of new activity in the police vehicle segment from Ford, Chevrolet, and Dodge as Detroit's Big Three automakers duke it out to fill the void left by the trusty Panther Platform icon. In that time, the Dodge Charger Pursuit has gone on to become the best-selling law enforcement sedan in the country, and in 2018, the car was joined by a special Pursuit version of the Dodge Durango, to take on Ford's popular Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility.
Now, there's a new-and-improved Dodge Pursuit vehicle lineup on the way for 2021.
FCA's Dodge Law brand teased the new 2021 Pursuit vehicles - the Charger Pursuit and the Durango Pursuit - in an Instagram post earlier in the month. The image shows both vehicles side-by-side, each wearing a full suit of automotive camouflage so we can't make out many details.
The whole Dodge Durango lineup was just updated for the 2021 model year, so it's little surprise that we might see some of the changes come to the Durango Pursuit, as well. The civilian version of the crossover has an updated front fascia, hood, grille, headlamps, and rear spoiler all inspired by those on the Charger, and inside, there's a more roomy center console, a new instrument panel, and an available 10.1-inch infotainment screen.
That infotainment screen might sound as though it would have limited use for law enforcement, but in fact, the Dodge Charger Pursuit packs an exclusive 12.1-inch Uconnect screen that can be integrated with law enforcement systems. We could see the same screen appear in the Durango Pursuit for 2021.
As for the 2021 Dodge Charger Pursuit, it's less clear what fresh changes 2021 might bring. The civilian version of the sedan hasn't had a serious update since 2015, so any additions to the Pursuit version would have to come from the law enforcement equipment side. Yet the Charger already offers that 12.1-inch Uconnect screen, ballistic door panels (NIJ Level III+), and available AWD with a 5.7L Hemi V8 featuring Fuel Saver technology - a big feature for law enforcement, where cars spend long stretches of time idling.
We'll know more soon; the 2021 Dodge Charger Pursuit and 2021 Dodge Durango Pursuit will be available for order starting in September.