Dodge Makes the Durango SRT Hellcat Their Number One for 2021
Domestic high-performance automotive brand Dodge is starting to feel the heat of SRT Hellcat rising through the lineup ever since the Demon was let loose in 2018. With certain competitors overseas showing that SUVs and crossovers can be engineered to be nearly as swift as sedans, Dodge is about to put their own crossover to the test. If consumers thought the Dodge Durango SRT was the fastest this crossover would go, think again. Dodge might just jump right past the Dodge Durango hybrid and make the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat a number one priority.
It wasn’t too long ago that news about the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat hit the airwaves. News about this new super-powered crossover started floating around in late April/early May 2020. With auto manufacturers starting to re-open and automakers reorganizing lineups to turn the tides of the effects the Coronavirus pandemic had on the industry and the economy as a whole, Dodge is setting its sights on a higher mark. Originally slated for a 2020 reveal was a mild hybrid Durango, with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with eTorque making up the powertrain, according to MoparInsider. With the delays of the pandemic, it may be time to switch gears and give consumers what they want from the muscle car automaker.
More power! Initially teased in a trailer for F9, the ninth installment in the Fast & Furious series, now removed from the interwebs, showed a driver behind the wheel of a Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat and got the consumer base buzzing. MoparInsider did some digging, and according to reports, this Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat was already set for production and release in the autumn of 2020. Even though a crossover, fans can still expect the powertrain to generate 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. Best of all, even with delays, Dodge is making the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat a priority now, and the originally planned autumn start date isn’t going anywhere.
For those that were looking forward to the mild-hybrid Dodge Durango, not to worry. The Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is a trim being added to the 2021 lineup, along with a trim with the eTorque option paired with the V6 powertrain, and maybe even the 5.7L HEMI V8 to offer better fuel economy and hybrid options for the crossover. Other changes for 2021 include some improved styling inside and out, and an available new 10.1-inch Uconnect infotainment screen from FCA. Whether Uconnect 5 will come with the 2021 model is yet unknown, but it should be an available update if anything.
With the 2021 Dodge Durango set to be unveiled to the public soon, but most likely during the FCA’s annual “What’s New” preview event for the media, there should be news about all the upcoming vehicles very soon. The Ram 1500 Rebel TRX, originally rumored to be unveiled during the 2020 Detroit Auto Show (cancelled), should also be appearing at the preview event. Summer is right around the corner, but there’s still plenty of time for automakers all over to kick things back into gear for the future of the auto industry.
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