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Dodge Debuts Powerful New 2018 Dodge Durango SRT, Two Limited Edition Pickup Trucks at 2017 Chicago Auto Show


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CHICAGO (Feb. 9, 2017) - Dodge unveiled its high-performance 2018 Dodge Durango SRT - the brand's fastest SUV in its class - at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview.

The powerful three-row sport utility vehicle - called the "Dodge Charger of the full-size SUV segment" - touts a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that delivers 475 horsepower, 470 lb.-ft. of torque and features an 8,600-lb. towing capacity. The National Hot Rod Association certified SUV is capable of 0-60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds and has a quarter-mile time of just 12.9 seconds.

The Dodge Durango SRT features seven drive modes, allowing drivers to precisely adjust drive settings to maximize performance or comfort. New Brembo high-performance calipers with vented rotors at all four corners deliver exceptional breaking performance.

"Durango is an outlier," said Chad Seymour, Dodge SRT brand manager. "Most of the SUVs in this segment are car-based and focus on utility. Durango is different. It has best-in-class towing capacity. It has more leg room. But we took this vehicle to the race track not only make sure it delivers on performance, but so that it also looks the part of the SRT."

The exterior features standard 20-inch "Goliath" wheels with a new "Black Noise" finish, a four-inch dual-round exhaust tip with Nickel Chrome finish and an SRT-inspired grille mesh pattern finish.

The cabin has been refreshed to include a SRT flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle shift, heated Nappa leather captain's chairs with silver-stitched SRT logos in the first and second rows, and a seven-inch, customizable digital instrument gauge cluster that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A powerful BeatsAudio premium sound system comes standard.

Sales of the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT are expected to begin in late 2017.

Also making their debut at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show are two factory-custom limited-edition Ram pickup trucks: the light-duty Ram 1500 Copper Sport and the heavy-duty Ram 2500 and 3500 Night.

Building on the success of the Ram 1500 Sport, The Ram 1500 Copper Sport features a radiant Copper Pearl color, 22-inch polished aluminum wheels, interior color stitching and a nine-speaker Alpine premium audio system with subwoofer.

Production of the Ram 1500 Copper Sport is limited to 3,000. It will hit dealership lots this month at a starting price of $45,630 (destination not included).

The 2500 and 3500 Night package is available in Crew Cab configurations and any available powertrain combination. It boasts custom features including blacked-out wheels, a black grille, black-bezel headlamps and unique powertrain door badging.

Production of the limited Night pickup trucks is underway and will be priced starting at $45,520.

To watch complete coverage of the 2017 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview press conferences, please visit For more information about the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, please visit


About the Chicago Auto Show
The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America, spanning more than 1 million square feet of production, concept, and exotic vehicle exhibit space. In addition to hosting multiple world and North American vehicle debuts, the Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity raises more than $2.5 million annually for 18 vital Chicago organizations in a single night. The 2017 public show will be Feb. 11-20. For more information, visit or

About the Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is one of the nation's largest metropolitan dealer organizations. It is comprised of more than 420 franchised new-car dealers and an additional 150 allied members. The group's dealer members employ about 20,000 people in the metropolitan area. The association has produced the world-famous Chicago Auto Show since 1935. For more information please visit

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