Dodge is clearly hoping to leverage the popularity of its Charger Pursuit vehicle, which is the best selling sedan among police departments, as it looks to take a chunk out of the Ford Interceptor Utility's 50 percent-plus market share. The new police SUV is a pursuit-rated version of its 2018 Dodge Durango SRT model.
Citing law-enforcement interest in a patrol version of the Dodge SUV, "we simply had to find a way to build this vehicle", said Steve Beahm, head of passenger auto brands, FCA North America.
Dodge plans to jump into the police SUV business by offering a new Pursuit version of its Durango. It will challenge pursuit versions of the Explorer Interceptor and Tahoe as law enforcement buyers, like the rest of the USA vehicle market, increasingly go for SUVs. The rear-drive-based Durango Pursuit also has standard full-time all-wheel drive. "This is the same powertrain combination most commonly deployed in the Dodge Charger Pursuit, the top-selling police sedan in the USA market".More news: Province spending $1.2M on ad campaign in support of pipeline
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Interestingly, the Pursuit Durango also gets a real-deal two-speed transfer case for going off-road. It will come with an eight-speed auto transmission, lengthy wheelbase of 119.8 inches and 8.1 inches of ground clearance. Both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available on this model. Durango specifically calls out that its three-zone climate control system is K-9 friendly, and that alone gets a 13/10 from us. For example, the SUV includes Tri-Zone interior temperature control that's ideal for K-9 units, a heavy duty oil cooler and water pump, eight-way power adjustable seat controls and a ParkView rear backup camera with ParkSense alert.
While the Durango Pursuit doesn't exactly make us want to run down to the police academy and sign up, we will definitely be keeping our eyes out in a couple of years for these beasts to hit police auctions.
Law enforcement agencies can start ordering the Durango Pursuit now.