Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is expanding its North American range of police pursuit vehicles by one, announcing today that the 2018 Dodge Durango will soon be available in a new “Pursuit” version. Powered by FCA’s 5.7-liter Hemi V8, with output of 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, the 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit features an eight-speed automatic transmission and full-time, rear-wheel-drive-based all-wheel drive to deliver exactly the sort of performance that a job in law enforcement demands.
“Unofficial testing results at the Michigan State Police 2018 model-year vehicle evaluation event created such a stir among law enforcement agencies that we simply had to find a way to build this vehicle,” says FCA North America Head of Passenger Car Brands Steve Beahm. “The Dodge Durango is already known as the Charger of SUVs, so it is only natural that the new Durango Pursuit complements the Charger Pursuit in police fleets across the country.”
The powertrain in the 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit is the same one most often used in the Charger Pursuit, so law enforcement officers should feel right at home. It can also be had with a two-speed transfer case for better off-road capability, and its big, heavy-duty brakes can haul the midsize crossover to a stop in just 134 feet from 60 mph. Other features include a best-in-class tow rating of up to 7,200 pounds, 8.1 inches of ground clearance, a 220-amp alternator and 800-cold-cranking-amp battery, and class-exclusive, “K-9 friendly” Tri-Zone interior climate control. Its 119.8-inch wheelbase – the longest in the segment – gives the new Dodge Durango Pursuit “added stability and improved handling,” FCA says.
Look for the all-new, 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit on America’s motorways real soon.