Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Dodge to Offer Police Version of Durango SUV

Dodge to Offer Police Version of Durango SUV

The pursuit-rated Durango joins Dodge's Charger Pursuit sedan for police use. Announced today, Dodge is introducing a pursuit version of the Durango for the 2018 model year.

While you may be good at spotting a Ford Explorer Interceptor or Chevrolet Tahoe police SUV in your mirror, there's a new sheriff in town to look out for: the Dodge Durango Pursuit.

Like the Dodge Charger Pursuit vehicle used across the United States, the 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit is also powered by a potent 5.7-liter V8 engine delivering 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque.

Dodge credits a strong, unofficial performance at the Michigan State Police's benchmark vehicle test event previous year for earning the model a greenlight. A rear-biased all-wheel drive system is standard on the Pursuit as well, though it's an option on the production R/T.

The Auburn Hills, Michigan-based automaker says the all-wheel-drive Durango Pursuit will have the same powertrain combination most commonly found in its Dodge Charger Pursuit vehicle.

FCA says the Durango Pursuit has a two-speed transfer case for "true low-range off-road capability" and that its anti-lock brakes have a 60-0 miles per hour stopping distance of 134 feet. The Durango Pursuit also adds a two-speed transfer case, which should prove handy when bad guys try to escape by venturing off road.

Law enforcement agencies can now order new 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit V-8 AWD as it is available for order for a limited time.

A segment-leading wheelbase of 119.8 inches provides added stability and improved handling.

The car's 800 cold cranking amp battery and 220 amp alternator maximize its battery charging capabilities, which may be useful since the Durango Pursuit is packed with new electrical equipment.

Inside the vehicle, officers are treated to useful tech like an eight-way power-adjusting driver's seat, ParkSense park assist technology, and Tri-Zone climate control, which is especially useful for K-9 units.

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