AUBURN HILLS, Michigan – The 2016 Dodge Durango full-size SUV will arrive at Dodge dealerships later this year with several upgrades, including standard engine stop-start technology on models equipped with the 3.6-liter V6 engine and a new Brass Monkey Appearance package.
Pricing will be announced closer to launch date.
The updates are designed to make the Durango more competitive against the Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander.
Engine stop-start technology lowers emissions and saves fuel by shutting the engine off when the vehicle comes to a complete stop.
The EPA has not released fuel economy numbers on the 2016 Durango.
The optional 5.7-liter V8 engine does not receive stop-start.
The Brass Monkey Appearance package, which will be available late in the model year, adds 20-inch Burnished Bronze wheels, Gloss Black grille and exterior badge, body-color door handles, exterior mirrors, front fascia, rear fascia, sills and wheel flares.
All 2016 Durangos get a Sport mode button for what Dodge calls a “more responsive driving experience.” Sport mode adjusts the steering and pedal calibration and shift pattern.
Other changes for the new model year include a tweaked look for the Durango Citadel model, which now features standard 20-inch fully polished wheels and a monochromatic exterior look with body-color front fascia, rear fascia and wheel flares.
The Platinum Appearance package will be available on the Durango Citadel model later in the model year. It features 20-inch Satin Carbon wheels with platinum exterior mirror caps, grille surround, foglamp bezels, exterior badging, door handles and lower sills.
New for 2016 on Durango SXT is a standard Satin Carbon finish on the 18-inch wheel.
Four new exterior paint colors are Red Pearl, Luxury Brown, Light Brownstone and Ivory Pearl Tri-coat.
Edmunds says: New trim packages and technology will make the big Dodge SUV attractive to buyers in this competitive segment.