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A little about the
Dodge Durango Hybrid





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This model has been discontinued. Here's information about some other hybrid SUVs:

Ford Escape Hybrid

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Chevrolet Tahoe

GMC Yukon

Dodge has 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 highway speeds.

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. 

The current Durango has received 5 stars on the government's crash tests for front impacts.

The 2007 Durango (image copyright DaimlerChrysler)


Options 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 bumpers.

Other options available on some versions of the Durango include a satellite based navigation system, and Sirius satellite radio.

Industry insiders think the Durango is likely to be restyled by the time the hybrid comes out.
















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