The 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit
When it comes to keeping up with the bad guys, police are always trying to catch up. Whether its making sure they have better firearms or technology, the boys in blue need to catch evildoers sooner or later. Kingpins and mafia mafiosos may be a little out of the pay grade for many on the force, but when it comes to armed robbery, people with road rage, or just someone looking to avoid a speeding ticket in a high speed chase (ironic), the force has Dodge on their side. First, Dodge aided law enforcement officers (LEOs) with the Dodge Charger Pursuit, and now Dodge is also offering LEOs the new Dodge Durango Pursuit.
Dodge Durango Pursuit
The Dodge Durango has received a lot of changes in the past few years. Its most recent modification was the addition of 6.4-liter HEMI® V8 SRT engine with a multi-displacement system (MDS) added to the lineup. This engine powers the one and only Dodge Durango SRT, capable of generating 474 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, and able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds and kill a quarter-mile run in 12.9 seconds. One would think that would be the base model for the Durango Pursuit, but no dice on that one.
Instead, the 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit has the 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine under the hood, paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the model rides on a full-time active all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. With the ability to deliver 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, the 2018 Durango Pursuit definitely has enough power to handle the most urgent request. Additionally, the Dodge Durango Pursuit is outfitted with a two-speed transfer case for true low-range off-road capability, so LEOs have a vehicle that provides them with a little more leverage in all situations and road conditions.
Other additions to the Dodge Durango Pursuit include the segment’s longest wheelbase (119.8 inches) to provide added stability and improved handling, 8.1 inches of ground clearance, and larger, heavy-duty anti-lock brakes to bring the vehicle to a stop in 134 feet (when going 60 mph). The interior comes with some interesting features, such as a class-exclusive, K-9 friendly tri-zone interior temperature control and a ParkView® rear backup camera with ParkSense® alert.
2018 Dodge Charger Pursuit
Before law enforcement units had the option of chasing down bad guys with the Durango Pursuit, there was the option of the Dodge Charger, which is still an available option. The Dodge Charger Pursuit is powered with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that can generate 292 horsepower, or squad leaders could choose the larger 5.7-liter V8 engine, able to produce a best-in-class 370 horsepower.
The Dodge Charger Pursuit is equipped with a performance-tuned suspension, load-leveling NIVOMAT shocks, 14.5-inch front and 13.8-inch rear pursuit-rated brake package, 18-inch performance tires and two-mode electronic stability control (ESC). In addition, specifically for the police force, the Dodge Charger Pursuit is equipped with NIJ Level III+ ballistic door panels on the driver and passenger doors to take the brunt of a lot of fire power. Then there’s the added safety of the “Officer Protection Package.”
The Officer Protection Package changed the game a bit for the Dodge Charger Pursuit. The Officer Protection Package includes upgraded visual and motion detecting systems with cameras and they can prevent a potential ambush on the vehicle while. Along with this, Dodge modified the ParkSense and front park assist systems found in their vehicles, making it so that the officer(s) in the car will be warned if someone is approaching the vehicle while the protection package is activated. Moreover, if the reverse sensors detect something or someone in its field of view, a chime will sound to warn the officer, and the system will lock all the doors, roll up the front windows, and flash the taillights.