The Dodge Durango, put to rest in 2008 and resurrected again 2011, is nearing its final days. By 2016, it will be phased out in favor of the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
In its post-bailout existence, Chrysler and all its subsidiary makes became the property of Fiat SpA. Its new master has said one of its concerns is to focus, streamline and eliminate redundancies in the Chrysler line. The Dodge Durango, so similar to the Jeep Grand Cherokee, seems a likely candidate.
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Fiat’s CEO Sergio Marchionne told Automobile Magazine this week that the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee will get a fresh platform and maybe a new look. He also said the Durango will be put to bed for the final time.
The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee is expected to come with the choice of a V6 or V8 engine, and with either four-wheel or rear-wheel drive. In order to comply with increasingly strict fuel economy rules, it will also likely come with some new fuel-conserving technology.
Torque News said:
“These engines will likely utilize some modern induction technology from across the pond which could include Fiat’s MultiAir technology or maybe even forced induction, so that these new engines would offer as much improvement in fuel economy as they do in power output.”
Marchionne also told Automobile Magazine that the Dodge Avenger will be discontinued after 2014. The sedan, which first appeared in the U.S. in 1995, was put to pasture in 2000. It was revived in 2008 and, in 2011, received its first make-over since its re-introduction. It seems its days are once again limited, and it should enjoy its revised look while it can.
Durango earns safety praise
Meanwhile, the doomed Durnago has been honored by Emunds.com and Parent’s Magazine. It was named one of the “Best Family Cars of 2012.” The Durango has earned at least nine other industry honors, including “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
In spite of the company’s decision to put the popular model to pasture, Dodge’s President and CEO Reid Bigland was happy to sing its praises:
“We are honored that Edmunds.com and Parents have featured the Dodge Durango on this exclusive list. Dodge is committed to providing quality products to our customers that are safe, innovative and family-friendly, while doing so with passionate styling that sets us apart.”
For now, anyway.