Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is improving upon its portfolio of vehicles for law enforcement officers with the new, 2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit, shown last week at the National Sheriffs’ Association Show in New Orleans. The new-and-improved utility vehicle boasts a revised front fascia with inlets that feed into brake-cooling ducts so that the hefty CUV’s calipers, pads, and rotors can continue to perform under pressure, as well as a performance-tuned, load-leveling suspension system to maximize handling performance.
The police Durango‘s pursuit-rated brake package features 13.8-inch rotors up front, and 13-inch units in the rear, giving it the sort of impressive stopping power demanded by a life in law enforcement. It has a ParkView rear backup camera with ParkSense distance sensors, a spot-lamp wiring prep package, red-and-white auxiliary dome lamp, and a 220-amp alternator up to the task of powering police computers, radar detectors, and other law enforcement equipment. A heavy-duty oil cooler and water pump help keep the engine within operating temperature despite the stresses of police life.
With regard to the powertrain, the 2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit is essentially like the current, 2018 model, offering standard all-wheel drive with an active, two-speed transfer case, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and a choice of either a 3.6L Pentastar V6 (293 horsepower, 260 lb-ft) or a 5.7L Hemi V8 (360 horsepower, 390 lb-ft). EPA-estimated fuel economy is 25 mpg highway with the 3.6L, and 22 mpg highway with the 5.7L.
“Dodge already leads the police pursuit sedan business with the proven Charger Pursuit, and we believe the 2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit SUV will expand our appeal to an even broader audience and take our game to the next level in terms of performance,” says FCA Head of Passneger Car Brands Steve Beahm. “The Durango gives law enforcement agencies even more of what they want: a more spacious interior room, a higher ride height, Hemi V-8 performance and efficiency.”
The new, 2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit will go on sale to law enforcement agencies around the country later this summer.