"Unofficial testing results at the Michigan State Police 2018 model-year vehicle evaluation event created such a stir among law enforcement agencies that we simply had to find a way to build this vehicle", head of Passenger Car Brands for Dodge/SRT, Chrysler and Fiat - FCA North America, Steve Beahm said. The Pursuit gets beefier brakes than a standard R/T Durango, owing to all the extra weight a cop auto has to schlep around and the extreme nature of the driving that police are expected to do.
According to Dodge, a test version of a 2018 Durango stood tall in the widely followed Michigan State Police evaluations, so the company chose to build it. It will challenge pursuit versions of the Explorer Interceptor and Tahoe as law enforcement buyers, like the rest of the USA vehicle market, increasingly go for SUVs. Chevrolet also offers police pursuit versions of its Tahoe SUV.
The Hemi engine produces 360 horsepower and 390 lb. ft. of torque, all of which is routed to an eight-speed automatic transmission and full-time AWD system.
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.
Interestingly, the Pursuit Durango also gets a real-deal two-speed transfer case for going off-road.
A segment-leading wheelbase of 119.8 inches provides added stability and improved handling.
Dodge lists one of its selling features as "Class-exclusive, K-9 friendly Tri-Zone interior temperature control". Other features include a rear-backup camera, FCA's ParkSense alert, air conditioning with filtration, power-locking fuel filler door, among others. If the departments are already purchasing the police version of the Charger, they may be easily swayed to purchase the Durango Pursuit, rather than buying from another brand.
Law enforcement agencies can start ordering the Durango Pursuit now.