Speaking of the latter, the nameplate appeared starting with the 1998 model year and played the role of a mid-size SUV during the original stint, followed by the full-size second generation and the switch back to a mid-size starting with 2011. Since then, it has played the role of a three-row crossover SUV quite well – and always had cool powertrains to fiddle with: 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, 5.7-liter plus 6.4-liter and 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8s.
However, the end is near, too. First of all, the current Durango is already more than a decade old. Secondly, Stellantis is retiring the Hemi V8 across the board, not just from Dodge models. Just recently, Ram Trucks presented the refreshed 2025MY 1500 series with new Hurricane SSTs (straight-six turbo) engines under the hood, a revived Ramcharger model (EV with range extender), and also promised to bring to market the 2025 Ram 1500 REV all-electric truck during the fourth quarter of 2024.
Speaking of that competitor for the GMC Hummer EV, Rivian R1T, Ford F-150 Lightning, and the upcoming Tesla Cybertruck, there is one way that Dodge could prolong the lifeline for the current Durango mid-size crossover SUV. According to the imaginative realm of digital car content creators, the company could also refresh the 2025 or 2026 model year with Hurricane goodies under the hood and a Durango REV all-electric flagship.
These bespoke renderings arrive courtesy of our virtual artist friend, Joao Kleber Amaral, who CGI-worked hard to bring this unofficial vision to life at our request – what if Dodge gained access to the STLA Frame platform and used the dual-motor eAWD layout for an SUV, too? The power levels and battery pack are less critical than one significant aspect: charging. If the hypothetical Dodge Durango REV came to life with Ram 1500 REV underpinnings, it would also gain access to 800-volt DC charging capabilities and could replenish the energy levels at up to 350 kW!
With that in mind, the Dodge Durango REV wouldn't be just another electric crossover – it would be a family-oriented three-row CUV with ample road trip capabilities. That's an essential element – and it would undoubtedly make it a formidable opponent to models like the Rivian R1S, for example. So, would you buy it?