According to Dodge, a test version of a 2018 Durango stood tall in the widely followed Michigan State Police evaluations, so the company decided to build it. The pursuit-rated Durango joins Dodge's Charger Pursuit sedan for police use. It will challenge pursuit versions of the Explorer Interceptor and Tahoe as law enforcement buyers, like the rest of the U.S. vehicle market, increasingly go for SUVs.
The heart of the 2018 Durango Pursuit is a 360-horsepower, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic and includes a cylinder-deactivation system to save on fuel. The rear-drive-based Durango Pursuit also has standard full-time all-wheel drive. An available two-speed transfer case adds a low range to take full advantage of the 8.1 inches of ground clearance chasing bad guys who flee off-road.
Dodge says the 5.7-liter Hemi and all-wheel drive is the most common configuration cops order for the Charger Pursuit, which Dodge says is now the top-selling sedan for cops in the U.S. The Charger also is available with rear-wheel drive and a V-6.
The Durango's 119.8-inch wheelbase and under-vehicle spare tire mount maximize interior space for gear or transport. An eight-way power driver's seat helps with multiple drivers and long shifts.
Other cop-ready features of the 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit:
- Bigger, heavy-duty brakes that can haul down the hefty SUV from 60 mph in 134 feet
- Bigger battery and 220-amp alternator
- Heavy-duty oil cooler and water pump
- Secure power-locking fuel-filler door
- Wiring prep for spot lamps
- 7,200-pound towing capability and trailer-sway control
- Dog-friendly three-zone climate control to keep the wayback comfortable for K-9 partners
And no, you can't have one. Police buyers only.
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