The Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is the big addition for 2021 with its 710-hp supercharged V8.
Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody and Challenger SRT Super Stock also new for 2021.
Journey and Grand Caravan dead, reducing Dodge’s lineup to three models.
At the moment, what was FCA’s performance division up until now relies on a seriously aging and diminishing lineup of vehicles, with no electrified products in sight. Nevertheless, here’s what to expect from the Dodge brand in 2021.
First and foremost, the lineup is being cut from five models down to three, as the Dodge Journey compact crossover and the Dodge Grand Caravan have been discontinued after the 2020 model year. These two vehicles were ill-suited to the brand’s performance image anyway, so their departure isn’t a significant concern, at least from a consumer standpoint. Crossover buyers have plenty to choose from at the Jeep brand, while minivan customers can check out the recently introduced Chrysler Voyager in the United States, and the new Chrysler Grand Caravan in Canada.
The Dodge Charger has been around in its current shape since the 2015 model year, when it received exterior and interior styling updates. It’s available in the mainstream SXT and GT trim levels, powered by a 3.6L V6 developing 292 or 300 horsepower, matched an eight-speed automatic transmission and either rear-wheel or all-wheel drivetrains.
The R/T moves up to a 5.7L HEMI V8 with 370 horsepower, while the Scat Pack and Scat Pack Widebody feature a 485-hp 6.4L V8. The mighty Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody and SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody—the latter being new for 2021—serve up 717 and 797 horsepower respectively, compliments of their supercharged 6.2L V8. Other changes include a new hood design for the Hellcat variants as well as new 20-inch Satin Carbon wheels that are standard on the GT AWD, optional on the SXT AWD.
The Dodge Challenger has been around for what seems like forever, but defies time with high-performance variants, special-edition packages and wild colours. New for 2021 is the Challenger SRT Super Stock, which rips the pavement with its 807-horsepower, supercharged 6.2L V8 engine and specifically tuned suspension, hi-po brakes and 315/40R18 street-legal drag tires. The 797-hp SRT Hellcat Redeye and 717-hp SRT Hellcat trims are both available in regular and Widebody configuration, while the R/T Scat Pack and new-for-2021 R/T Scat Pack Widebody get a 485-hp 6.4L V8, along with a choice of eight-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmissions.
The Challenger R/T relies on 372 or 375 horsepower thanks to its 5.7L V8, which can also be matched to either an eight-speed automatic or a six-speed manual. Shaker hood and T/A packages are once again available. The tamer SXT, SXT AWD, GT and GT AWD all get a 303-hp 3.6L V6. Gold Rush paint is back for 2021, available on select trim levels.
It’s a utility vehicle, but the Dodge Durango fits well in the brand’s lineup with a performance-infused attitude. It also helps that for 2021, and for 2021 only, the brand is introducing the Durango SRT Hellcat with a 710-horsepower, supercharged 6.2L V8, good for 0-60 mph blasts of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph. If that sounds too extreme, there’s also the Durango SRT and its 475-horsepower 6.4L V8 as well as the Durango R/T with its 360-horsepower 5.7L V8. The luxurious Citadel can also be equipped with the 5.7L engine, but comes standard with a 3.6L V6 that develops 295 hp, which also equips the SXT, SXT Plus, GT and GT Plus variants—producing 293 hp with a single exhaust instead of a dual-exhaust setup.
The 2021 Durango lineup also receives a new front fascia with trim level-specific grille textures, along with new alloy wheel designs, while the redesigned interior boasts a new Uconnect 5 infotainment system with 10.1-inch touchscreen, along with new finishes and colour schemes. Finally, an R/T Tow N Go package adds the SRT’s looks and performance goodies to the Durango R/T and its 5.7L V8, allowing for a towing capacity of 8,700 pounds (3,946 kilograms).