Next-Generation Dodge Durango Coming in 2026

November 24th, 2023 by

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The Dodge Durango stands the test of time as one of the most enduring and widely embraced SUVs in the contemporary American market. Its legacy traces back to 1998, and the present Durango, now in its third generation, made its debut in 2011, undergoing updates in 2013 and 2021. Recent revelations during the United Auto Workers (UAW) contract negotiations indicate plans for an entirely new Durango are slated for 2026.

The upcoming Dodge Durango, referred to by the codename D6U, will continue its production and assembly at the Detroit Assembly Complex within the city limits of Detroit, sharing the floor with the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The next-generation Dodge Durango will ride on the unibody STLA Large architecture, a foundation that will also serve as the underpinning for a substantial portion of new Stellantis North America vehicles. This includes the Dodge Charger muscle car, the luxurious Jeep Wagoneer S, the off-road-ready Jeep Recon, and the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee.

According to internal documents, the upcoming 2026 Durango will offer both internal combustion engine (ICE) and battery-electric (BEV) powertrain options, proving Dodge is ready to embrace the next frontier in the automotive world. The STLA Large architecture will serve as the foundation for the majority of D-segment vehicles and all E and F-segment unibody vehicles in the automaker’s future. This architecture is strategically crafted to provide a potential electric range of up to 500 miles using Stellantis-designed electric drive modules (EDMs) and modular battery packs. The platform’s flexibility allows designers and engineers to customize its length, width, and powertrain configuration to suit specific product designs.

At the annual dealer meeting in Las Vegas held in March (2023), dealers were offered an exclusive sneak peek of a design concept for a new Dodge E-segment SUV. Referred to as the Dodge Stealth during the event, the showcased model presented a three-row SUV with a sportier, streamlined appearance and contemporary design language. It’s worth noting that, although the vehicle was unveiled, its final look had not yet been confirmed at that time and it remains in the conceptual stage for the time being.

Once it debuts, the vehicle is expected to maintain the Durango nameplate, a designation with a longstanding history since 1998 that is generally well-received by the public–akin to the Wrangler 4xe designation. The upcoming Dodge Durango marks the second all-electric vehicle in the Dodge portfolio, following the hotly-anticipated Dodge Charger Daytona. Expected to make its concept appearance in late 2024 or early 2025, the current Dodge Durango will continue to be available in ICE form in 2024 and 2025.

2024 Dodge Durango: What’s New?

The 2024 Durango undergoes minimal changes. The Tow N Go package, previously exclusive to the R/T trim, is now also available on the Citadel trim. This package incorporates styling elements inspired by the more powerful SRT trims, along with performance enhancements such as an SRT Performance exhaust. The only other updates include the integration of blind spot monitoring across the lineup. Additionally, a new version of the system is introduced, capable of recognizing when you’re towing to prevent confusion in the presence of a trailer close to your rear bumper.

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