2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit: What To Expect …
Attention to all the boys and girls in blue! Dodge has got your six with the all-new Dodge Durango Pursuit Police SUV. At the 2018 National Sheriffs’ Association Conference and Tradeshow in New Orleans, Dodge also stated that the Durango announcement coincides with the 2019 Dodge Charger Pursuit Officer Protection Package. Let’s see what else those who protect and serve can expect.
The all-new Dodge Durango Pursuit features a new front fascia with integrated brake-cooling air ducts for improved brake performance and durability, added control and stability, a new performance-tuned, load-leveling suspension kit to bolster its pursuit-level driving capabilities. The Dodge brand intends on offering two engine options in the Durango – standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and an available “best-in-class” 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine. The 3.6-liter engine puts out 293 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, and the 5.7-liter engine delivers an impressive 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. Both engine options are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
According to Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge//SRT, Chrysler, and FIAT, FCA – North America, “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. The Durango gives Law Enforcement agencies even more of what they want: a more spacious interior room, a higher ride height, HEMI V8 performance, and efficiency.”
In addition to the Dodge Durango Pursuit, Dodge announced that the Charger Pursuit sedan will receive some enhancements as well. Some of those enhancements include a greater range of screen brightness settings to better accommodate the officer’s preferences, and the accessible area on Uconnect 12.1-inch touchscreen will increase to 97%, in comparison from last year’s 87%. Lastly, a new USB connection will improve the tracking and input speed for keyboard and mouse usage.
Along with the all-new Dodge Durango Pursuit and Charger Pursuit, the FCA US is going to ship out its 10,000th Officer Protection Packages for all Law Enforcement Dodge Pursuit vehicles. While combining InterMotive Surveillance Mode Module™ with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Fleet Safety Group Technology, the Protection Package includes the ParkSense rear park assist system and a ParkView rear backup camera. Once the system detects any kind of motion around the vehicle, a chime sound will go off to alert the officer of potential danger and can immediately see what is happening behind the vehicle through the camera monitor. Tripped sensors, at the discretion of the local law enforcement department, can be programmed to automatically initiate one or all of the following:
- Signal the doors to lock
- Front windows to roll up
- Reverse lights to turn on and tail lights flash
Most importantly, officers are given a few extra critical seconds to assess and react to the situation.
“The Officer Protection Package is the latest layer of safety to be built into our Charger Pursuit,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler, and FIAT – FCA North America. “We knew it was the right thing to do for all the men and women who protect us on a daily basis, and we are gratified to know that over 10,000 of these heroes now have a better chance of avoiding rear ambush occurrences. I’m also pleased to announce that we will continue to offer this package free of charge on our 2019 model-year Dodge Charger Pursuits.”
Now if only officer’s had the ability to install eyes behind their head – hmm, never say never. The 2019 or 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit or Charger Pursuit vehicles are not available to the public, but consumers can still find the 2018 Dodge Durango or the 2018 Dodge Charger at University Dodge. For additional information on our entire 2018 new car inventory selection, visit our website or stay updated by following us on social media.