For the past few decades, The Durango has been the flagship of the Dodge SUV market. For 2017, the evolution reaches an epic climax with the introduction of the 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel. This year’s Dodge Durango – which is similar in many ways to Jeep’s Grand Cherokee, gets an upgrade featuring three-row seating and plush trim with the Citadel edition. Available in three unique trim-levels, including the 3.6L SUV, 3.6L V6 AWD and V8 edition, the Citadel Durango has an option for all consumers.
What’s Under The Hood
Leading the team is the Dodge Durango Citadel 5.7 V8. Powered by a powerful, yet surprisingly fuel-efficient 5.7-liter Hemi V8, the Dodge Durango Citadel is considered by many automotive experts to be the most luxurious SUV created by Dodge; and has the features and upgrades to back up these claims.
The talk of the town in most online reviews for the 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel is the powerplant – a smooth sounding and driving 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine that produces 360 HP and is propelled by an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine has tons of low and high-end torque, allowing you to navigate highway speeds safely but also enough power to quickly accelerate past obstructions or hazards in the road. One automotive review wrote that “the exhausts note invites comparison to the Dodge Hellcat”, which clearly articulates the fact that the Citadel Durango is not your average SUV.
While the engine packs a lot of power under the hood, it does not consume a tremendous amount of fuel, making the 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel one of the more cost-effective SUV’s on the market today. Many reviewers are indicating mileage ratings ranging from 26 mpg on highways to 15 mpg in city driving; which is on par with most of its category competitors from other manufacturers. Comfort is enhanced with a solid, yet surprisingly nimble suspension kit; allowing you to navigate all roads you will travel.
What Stands Out
Once you open the doors of the 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel, you’ll instantly see why online reviewers are calling this SUV the most luxurious one produced by Mopar in years. Featuring the updated Uconnect infotainment system with touchscreen navigation, smooth interior surfaces and comfortable seating. The three-row seating allows comfortable seating for up to 7 passengers and two-row editions allow seating up to 5 adults. Additional interior upgrades include Bluetooth connectivity, heated seats, bucket front seats, folding rear seat center armrest and navigation system.
The 2017 Dodge Durango Citadel is backed with a 3 year/ 36,000 mile basic warranty with eight-individual exterior colors to choose from including the ultra-attractive Octane Red Pearl. Regardless of the type of SUV you are looking for, you can find a Citadel perfect priced and suited for any application.
The Chrysler brand has been making tremendous changes within its infrastructure to keep up with the shifting automotive landscape. More and more major brands and manufacturers are beginning to turn their attention towards electric vehicles and hybridization. As such, it should come as no surprise that the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is turning heads, marketed as the country’s first hybrid minivan meant for plug-in use. Having to stay ahead of the competition in a very active and aggressive market, the vehicle shows definite promise and those who had the opportunity to take a look at the way the car handles were pleased with the results.
The vehicle features a combination of elements from previous models to provide drivers with something new. The FCA’s 3.6-liter V-6 gasoline engine makes a comeback, coupled with an electric motor and further unified through the use of a nine-speed transmission. The combination of elements is meant to make the drive feel familiar while still energy efficient. Researchers found that the battery-powered electric range could reach 33 miles, allowing the vehicle to operate elegantly and silently in electric mode, perfect for city driving. The functionality is taken a step further, when the gas-powered engine comes into play, making the minivan perfect for long distances.
Some drivers had the complaint that the vehicle was too quiet in all-electric mode, but the arrival of the gasoline motor definitely did not leave much to be desired. The handling was very smooth and responsive, and the zippiness of the minivan makes it a particularly advantageous treat for those who want to travel with their family. The definite presence and comfort that comes with the minivan’s handling make it an excellent choice for couples as well, and the interior has been designed to emphasize functionality, especially as more technological advancements become available for drivers to enjoy.
A UConnect phone pairing system is available to improve connectivity between the driver’s devices, and there are numerous safety systems designed to optimize handling in difficult conditions. Things such as lane departure warning systems, a forward collision prevention system and a 360-degree camera visibility system make driving easy and enjoyable. The cabin is spacious enough to provide the passengers with plenty of personal room for comfort. A noise cancellation installation also helps keep the interior of the cabin quiet. Ultimately, families will have a lot to look forward to when they take this vehicle out of the lot.
It is no secret that the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has been dominating headlines for some time now. Designed as both a throwback to earlier American muscle cars and as a personal piece of engineering achievement from the Dodge team, the Demon promises to dominate the highway and provide drivers with an incredible variety of driving options for their recreational needs. The vehicle has been described as incredibly fast and efficient, and its exterior surfacing shows tremendous promise in terms of defining the classic muscle car look. As such, it should come as no surprise that law enforcement professionals are already looking into using this vehicle for their needs.
In the past, law enforcement officials have been fairly creative in the area of implementing various police vehicles in order to provide their officers with the versatility they need to excel in the field. A broad variety of vehicles have graced the lineup for police officer use, including Dodge Challenger RTs and F-250s, but rarely have muscle cars being considered for police use. Though not extensive in practice, there is nothing stopping artists from letting their imagination roam when it comes to developing concept art for an exciting new police car. Through art-based software, artists have already come up with a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon vehicle intended for police use, and it has been turning heads since.
The concept for the Demon builds largely on the original body of the vehicle. There is nothing too new about the chassis or the grill, but it does come equipped with all of the normal features that any patrol car would come with. It showcases standard police gear such as steel wheels, lights, and a push bar. This artistic conversion for the vehicle is versatile, combining practical aspects and clean design that is intended for high-speed pursuits. It may not be best for silent approaches or undercover work, but it can definitely tag down a fleeing vehicle as desired.
Though there are no immediate plans to set this vehicle out on the road, the concept art does show promise in terms of execution. Currently, there are plenty of Dodge Challenger cars on the road to ease that muscle car itch, but many car enthusiasts on the force are wondering if the Demon will ever see the road on police duty. Through such attractive concept art, it may not be a far-off possibility.
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Draws Closer to Production
The Jeep has always been seen as a classic American brand, and the professionals behind the famous name have said that they are drawing closer and closer to finally releasing the new 2017 Jeep Wrangler details. This will mark the release of the first new Jeep pickup in more than 25 years. Though representatives still believe that the vehicle is not ready for showrooms, and will not be ready for another year, many fans are excited by the news. Currently, test-drivers are looking forward to taking the production ready prototype for the spin, which sources already believe is on the road for testing and fine-tuning.
A reporter was able to get close to snap a picture of a Wrangler-based truck at an undisclosed location, and many fans immediately noticed that the car looks much different than earlier models. This could be a promising start to the design of the vehicle itself, as it features the vehicle bed from the Ram 1500. The new truck also featured attractively integrated Wrangler wheel arches, arranged to provide drivers with a crisper exterior surface. The sides of the bed also meet with the vertical roof pillars at an attractive 90-degree angle, resulting in a beautifully classic pickup profile. The rear window is meant to fill the space between the two, adding to the timeless effect.
Though the appearance of the new vehicle promises to build on classics and reinvent a few options, there are some functional concerns that are not readily apparent yet. Drivers do not yet know if the roof is going to be removable in any fashion, and it is still not clear if the windshield will be able to fold down like it can with some other Wranglers. The inclusion of holes around the hood where the rubber bumpers for the windshield usually are does seem to hint at their function, though details have not been available yet.
With the standing of the wheels, it is possible that this new pickup may offer a stronger degree of off-road potential. This gives it a leg up over the classic Jeep Wrangler, which is expected to come up on sale later in 2017. With so many developments planned for the brand, it is not surprising that fans of the company are beginning to plan for their purchase. Mudding enthusiasts, in particular, can look forward to what the new Wrangler will be able to provide.
Though the Dodge brand has been known to provide drivers with family-oriented vehicles, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is anything but accessible. Standard equipped with the only seat, it is a care made for a select few. With no passenger seats, and by extension no passengers, this vehicle is designed for solo drives and specialized performance. Its unveiling turned heads in the automotive world, and fans of the brand were incredibly excited when the vehicle’s details were revealed.
The car sets itself apart in terms of the engine as much as it does in the initial interior arrangement. The Demon features an 840 horsepower and 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine. This made history as being the most impressive V8 engine to ever be put inside a relatively ordinary production car. This means that the Demon has the most power of any factory-produced muscle car in history. Previously, the record was held by the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, which clocked in at an impressive 707 horsepower.
The Demon can’t seem to stop breaking records either, as it has already set the record for fastest quarter-mile drive by any factory production car in history. As certified under the National Hot Rod Association, the Demon began at a dead stop and then made the entire drag strip drive in just under 10 seconds. On top of that, the car also has the fastest time for going from 0 to 60 of any production vehicle. Drivers should be prepared, however, for this type of acceleration also means that the car has the highest G-force of any other production vehicle, which can feel incredibly disorienting for those not used to it.
Though this may seem like it’s already enough for fans, the Demon continues to impress by also setting the record for being the first production vehicle that is able to accelerate so fast and so hard it is able to lift its front wheels up off of the road. This feat was certified in the Guinness Book of World Records, and the record showed that the car’s front wheels were able to stay in the air for three feet. Though the car’s performance is incredible, Dodge is only planning on releasing 3,300 of the vehicle. This extremely limited run means that it is not meant for everyone, and those who have a certain penchant for the car’s intended style of driving will have a lot to look forward to.
With the introduction of the 2017 Dodge Charger, the automaker was able to snag a top safety rating. While this news may not exactly be welcome to those who like their Chargers lean and mean, it could lead to the car becoming more tempting to other types of car buyers, ones who have families.
The 2017 Charger is available as a four-door coupe. This design feature allows Dodge to offer car buyers the power and performance of the classic muscle car combined with the passenger convenience of a sedan. Dodge is giving car buyers the opportunity to upgrade their Chargers with a 370 horsepower 5.7-liter Hemi engine or a 485 horsepower 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine. Those who are highly interested in speed can even purchase a Charger that’s equipped with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine that produces 707 horsepower. With this engine, the car’s top speed is 204 miles per hour, and it can reach 60 miles per hour in a mere 3.7 seconds.
A 292 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine comes standard with the car model as does an eight-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard while all-wheel drive is an optional upgrade. Amenities like a touchscreen audio system, power operated driver’s seat and keyless ignition is included with the Charger. Heated seats, an infotainment system, and 18-inch alloy wheels are available upgrades.
Dodge is currently in the unique position of being able to offer consumers everyday cars with big engines while other carmakers are shifting their focus to smaller vehicles. According to Tim Kuniskis, the head of Dodge’s passenger cars division, the Charger, and the Challenger account for 40 percent of the country’s total muscle car sales. The Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro are Dodge’s main competition in this category.
Along with offering car buyers a big engine, the 2017 Dodge Charger features better handling, more responsive braking and higher fuel efficiency than last year’s model. The Charger has also caught the attention of the Traffic Safety Administration by earning five stars for its many safety features.
With the five-star safety rating, the Charger has received the vehicle evaluation program’s highest single safety rating. Not only that, but the car model has also managed to achieve the five-star safety rating for both the all-wheel and rear-wheel editions.
To receive this ranking, Dodge is offering the 2017 Charger with an abundance of high-tech safety gear. For instance, car buyers can purchase a vehicle that has a collision warning system. This advanced system features alerts and autonomous braking. In fact, if warranted, it will bring the vehicle to a complete stop. A lane departure warning system and lane keep assist ensure that drivers stay on the road and in the proper lane. Blind spot monitors are available with the car model as is adaptive cruise control. Car buyers can also purchase the Charger with a rear cross-traffic alert and a rearview camera.
While gearheads usually focus their devotion on a car’s performance, most will appreciate the added safety features of the 2017 Charger since they make it easier to bring the family along for every ride.
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