“It’s a single model-year run,” said Dodge head Tim Kuniskis, “ensuring that it will be a very special, sought-after performance SUV for years to come. Based on anticipated demand, all dealer allocations have already been reserved, but there is still some time to secure an unsold dealer order.”
Read that quote again, then remember that you’ll have to place an order at an authorized Dodge dealership nevertheless. The unsold orders, therefore, are likely to be marked up into the stratosphere by dealers who care more about quick money instead of continued patronage from a happy customer.
Excluding $1,495 for the destination charge, the most exciting Durango ever produced can be had from $80,995 before optional extras. There aren’t too many of those, frankly, because the Hellcat is pretty much loaded as standard. There is only one special color for the exterior that costs extra, the stripes will set you back $1,195 or $1,295, three-season Pirelli P-Zero tires add $595 to the tally, and Laguna leather seats are available at $1,595.
Scheduled to end production this June, the Durango’s future is a bit uncertain because Stellantis doesn’t wish to comment on future products. The safest scenario would be for Dodge to continue making it on the same platform, which is underwhelming if you consider the all-new underpinnings of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Giorgio Global architecture would be an interesting upgrade, but that doesn’t seem too likely either.
According to hearsay, the next generation of the Durango – codenamed SD – would join the Ram 1500-based Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer for the 2023 model year at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan. In this case, Dodge would switch back to body-on-frame construction.