As the share of SUV sales continues to grow on the U.S. market, automakers will continue to refine their utility and truck lineups while paring off small cars. With Fiat Chrysler, we’ve already seen this strategy in effect for a few years.
Gone are the Dodge Dart and Avenger, along with the Chrysler 200, and it’s hard to make a case that consumers miss them. Meanwhile, the Jeep brand is one of the industry’s biggest gainers in 2018.
With that in mind, it’s no surprise that Dodge’s largest SUV continued getting more options for the next model year. Here’s everything that will be new in the 2019 Durango headed to dealerships soon.
1. Tech and interior upgrades
Changes to the base (SXT) model are minimal, but leather seats will be an option in this model and the starting price will remain $29,995, Dodge said in a statement. GT models, which slot below the Citadel trim, get the option of cloth seats. Otherwise, standard second-row captain’s chairs in Citadels and available Sepia leather seats in the R/T comprise the rest of the interior option updates.
In terms of safety tech, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-path detection will be available as standalone options. On the entertainment front, the upper trims get the option of a 19-speaker Harman Kardon system with 825 watts’ worth of power.
2. Exterior design changes
The Durango GT model will get a new look for 2019. A performance front fascia is coming standard, while the SRT functional hood (with center air inlet and heat extractors) becomes an option.
Meanwhile, a new 20-inch wheel design (with Satin Carbon or Brass Monkey finish) comes to both GT and R/T trims. In terms of new colors, there will be three for the next model year: Destroyer Gray, Reactor Blue, and F8 Green. Dodge will make these colors available later in the year.
3. Trailer Tow Package and max weights
One new option, an integrated trailer brake, will come to buyers who select the Trailer Tow Package that’s available on every trim. The package includes a heavy-duty engine cooler, class IV hitch receiver, brake switch, a four- or seven-pin wiring harness, load-leveling shocks and a spare tire.
Maximum trailer weights for the 2019 Durango are as follows:
- V6 (rear- or all-wheel drive): 6,200 lbs.
- 5.7-liter V8: 7,400 lbs. with rear-wheel drive; 7,200 lbs with all-wheel drive
- 6.4-liter V8 (all-wheel drive only): 8,700 lbs
4. New for the Durango SRT
The Durango SRT continues on as a beast of an SUV with 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque coming from the 6.4-liter V8. It can reach 60 miles per hour from a stop in less than 4.4 seconds — a speed Dodge says is NHRA-certified.
New options for 2019 include lightweight Brembo brakes with two-piece rotors and red seat belts. The base price for a 2018 model was $62,995, and Dodge has not announced if that will change for the coming model year.
5. 2019 Durango fuel economy and release dates
Fuel economy ratings are available for most of the 2019 Durango trims. V6 models hold at 21 mpg combined for both rear- and all-wheel drive models, though rear-wheel drive editions do 1 mpg better in city and highway mpg.
Otherwise, the 5.7-liter V8 Durango holds at 17 mpg combined in both drivetrains. While no 2019 rating was available for SRT models at press time, it shouldn’t be far off from the 15 mpg it got for 2018.
Dodge says the 2019 Durango will be arriving in dealerships by the end of the third quarter, so keep an eye out for it later in September.