- According to UAW and FCA contract negotiation documents, a MHEV Durango is on the docket.
- No details as to whether a V6 or V8 (or both) eTorque engine option will be offered.
- 48-volt mild-hybrid electric vehicle battery is suitcase-sized so it will be well hidden in the big Durango.
We’re happy to read that FCA’s not yet heard the fat lady sing when it comes to the Dodge Durango. It is, and remains, a popular large 3-row SUV and it is one of my absolute guilty-pleasures. With this bit of news, perhaps my level of guilty will recede somewhat… No, it won’t because I’ll always SRT. For the real buyer of the Dodge Durango, a MHEV alternative will certainly make a more attractive option.
There’s no way to completely sugar-coat it: The Durango is old, dating back to the 2011 model year. Despite this, its packaging and general performance as a large SUV are still contemporary. Its fuel consumption numbers however hark back to the previous decade.
Moparinsiders has learned that, as part of the FC and UAW contract negotiations, FCA has revealed plans for the next four years which includes the Jefferson North Assembly Plant, which builds the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, will be on the receiving end of a $3 billion investment. As part of the 4-year roadmap, a mild-hybrid version of the Durango is planned as early as next year.
According to original story, adding the MHEV system to the Dodge Durango will be simple enough for FCA engineers. “The eTorque system consists of a Motor Generator Unit (MGU) that replaces the alternator on the front of the engine and is connected to the crankshaft with a large drive belt, along with a 48-volt battery pack the size of a suitcase placed in the vehicle. With this relatively simple system, FCA engineers have extracted a lot of benefits available to the end-user.”
The MHEV technology adds bursts of up to 90-horsepower and 130 lb.-ft. of torque when fully charged which is reserved for low engine speeds boosts. So no, the Durango 5.7L MHEV won’t be the new SRT alternative. Nothing can replace the sweet delicious sound and power from the naturally-aspirated 6.4-litre V8!