announced they will be making a hybrid version of the Durango
SUV. It will probably come out late in 2007.
It should use
the "dual mode" hybrid system Chrysler in developing with GM.
The system is claimed to improve gas mileage at both low and
This would likely be a heavier duty vehicle than hybrid SUV's
from other manufacturers. Current Durangos can tow up to 8850
pounds. The hybrid will use the 5.7 liter Hemi V8. This engine
has been improved with a system called MDS (Multi Displacement
System). This deactivates four cylinders when they're not
needed for better fuel economy.
Durango has received 5 stars on the government's crash tests
for front impacts.
The 2007 Durango (image
currently available that reflect the heavy duty origins of the
vehicle are a skid plate group and traction control, and on
some versions, ultrasonic park distance sensors in the rear
available on some versions of the Durango include a satellite
based navigation system, and Sirius satellite radio.
insiders think the Durango is likely to be restyled by the
time the hybrid comes out.