Dodge has brought the facelifted 2014 Durango at New York Auto Show. It has a new front fascia with updated grille and slightly revised headlights which optionally can receive LED accents. The back of the car shows racetrack-like taillights and a tweaked rear bumper, while 18- to 20-inch restyled alloys are available. Inside there’s a redesigned center stack, a new dashboard and a 5- or 8.4-inch uConnect infotainment system. Other changes include a new steering wheel, center console boasting a rotary shifter, optional Blu-ray system with two 9-inch screens, as well as a digital instrument cluster and support for USB, AUX and SD.
The entry-level model comes with a V6 3.6-liter engine producing 290 hp (216 kW) and 353 Nm (260 lb-ft) of torque, while the more premium version has a beefier V8 5.7-liter HEMI engine churning 360 hp (268 kW) and 528 Nm (390 lb-ft). These engines are mated to a new type of 9-speed automatic gearbox which for the V6-powered variant brings a 9 percent improvement as far as fuel economy is concerned.
We should also mention the Eco Mode which can optimize the gearbox shifts and throttle sensitivity, while the V8 model gains a fuel saver technology with cylinder deactivation for the purpose of saving gas. The car will reach production phase in Q3 2013, with pricing to be revealed closer to its launch.