Save for finally confirming that it will indeed be called the Durango, Dodge has not released much additional specific information about the replacement for its new full-size crossover that will go on sale in the fall. However, the division has just launched an new teaser website that shows a handful of semi-revealing detail images and offers potential customers a chance to sign up for more information.
The all-new 2011 Dodge Durango will serve as a de facto replacement for both the previous-generation Durango and the Dodge Magnum wagon, which last appeared in the division's lineup in 2009 and 2008, respectively. Based on a slightly longer-wheelbase version of the new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee platform and built at the same Jefferson North Assembly Plant, the totally redone Durango transitions from body-on-frame to unitized construction that will serve up far better ride and handling than its predecessor. It also will offer a considerably more spacious and easily reconfigurable passenger compartment that seats seven and boasts virtually all of the refinement and high-quality touches that have been winning universal accolades for the Grand Cherokee.
Expect the 2011 Dodge Durango to share good deal with its Jeep cousin in the powertrain department, as well. While Chrysler wouldn't comment on whether it will offer all of the Grand Cherokee's four-wheel drive variations, the automaker's new, high-efficiency 3.6-liter/290-horsepower Pentastar V6 is almost certain to be its base motivator in rear- or four-wheel drive configurations, and the potent 360-horse/5.7-liter Hemi V8 will appear on the option roster.