The new 2023 Dodge Durango SRT is going to happen after all. There have been numerous rumors about the possibility of discontinuing Durango. This was sad news for many, and we are glad it is not going to happen. The new Durango is getting a redesign, and it is about to be a good one. Traditionally, the Durango was a three-row seater. This was great for families, but the third row was easily detachable. This meant that you could get extra cargo space in a few minutes.
The Durango faces stiff competition from the Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. All three use unibody architecture, which drivers simply love. But soon, Durango is going to switch to body-on-frame architecture. For production reasons, this seemed like a better option. They are also moving the production to another factory. Changing frames is a nice opportunity to introduce new mechanical and technological innovations. We could receive a whole new cabin with a brand new design. After all, it has been 2 years since the last update on the Durango. The exterior is expected to stay the same. While the engine department is rumored to be the point of interest for Dodge.
Let us read in more detail what is about to happen with the new Durango.
Is Dodge Going to Redesigning 2023 Durango SRT?
The 2023 Dodge Durango SRT doesn’t look like your classic SUV. It looks sporty and likes it is ready for a drag race. Especially knowing that there is a Hellcat engine under the hood. We get huge 19-inch lightweight rims. They shave a bit of weight from the big vehicle. On the front, we have nice-looking headlights. They are rectangular shaped, and between them, we have a big mesh. There are air intakes on the mesh and on the bumper under it.
Bumpers are a bit noticeable. After all, this is by design since this is a sports edition of the Durango. Rims also look sharp and aggressive. Certain hoods have an air intake as well. The body design is less blocky and more sleek and curvy. This helps with the ergonomics and aerodynamics of the Durango. This improves handling, steering, and fuel economy. This is the big selling point since if you can save money on fuel, you really want to.
Classy and Stylish Interior
The inside of the 2023 Dodge Durango SRT is getting a makeover as well. We expect the cabin to stay classy and stylish. Adding a bit more luxury would give it a fighting chance against upscale models like the Cherokee. So, seating could be more comfortable, but we aren’t advocating for racing-type seats, no. Simply putting more cushioning in the right places would do the trick. Heated and ventilated seats are a standard feature nowadays. But adding massage to those chairs is a big plus against the competition.
For materials, leather is standard, but having more materials is the way to go. So, fabric or suede for seating. Chrome is required on the instrument panel to add first-class appeal. Lots of chrome. Perhaps even wooden accents on the inside of doors. There is a 10-inch screen for infotainment. Bigger would be better since this is a three-row SUV, so everyone could join the fun. The dashboard is digital as well. This is an excellent improvement since it allows for easier tracking of information.
The Durango has 17.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which can be increased by folding and removing rows of seats. It can go up to 43.3 cubic feet and 85.1.
The 2023 Dodge Durango SRT is not your everyday family SUV. It has a lot of speed and power for a three-row seater. It has a lot of engines on offer, so choosing the correct one might seem daunting. But having a whole plethora of engines to choose from is what kept the Durango a good buy for so long. The base edition is powered by a 3.6-liter V6. This has 296 horsepower. This should be more than enough for someone who uses the SUV for everyday purposes. But if you simply need more boost, Dodge has you covered. There are three more V8s on offer. The R/T trim has a 5.7-liter V8 with 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.
There is a 6.4-liter engine with 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. And the most powerful SRT trim, with a mighty 6.2-liter Hellcat engine. This gives the Durango over 700 horsepower. This might seem like too much for an SUV, but why not have an extra bit of power under your hood. Nobody is talking about the elephant in the room. And that would be the lack of hybrid and electric systems in the 2023 Dodge Durango SRT lineup.
This comes as a surprise because the new architecture would be able to support that kind of change under the hood. Perhaps they are planning to introduce a battery powertrain soon. Technology for that kind of innovation is available. Fully electric SUVs are all around us. Durango could use Ultium technology with a battery capacity of at least 150 kWh. Aim for a range of no less than 300 miles. Fast charging is a possibility, along with peer-to-peer charging. This would be a great selling point for Dodge. Hopefully, they will put their thinking caps on and get to designing this kind of SUV.
Will There Be a 2023 Dodge Durango SRT?
The release date of this mighty SUV is set for the second half of 2023. This is just in time to compete with other redesigns and new creations.
The price should start at $35.000, but no official announcement has been made. This is, of course, the basic trim. For the mighty Hellcat SRT Durango, you will have to pay around $82.000.