The Dodge Durango was one of Chryslers first entries into the full size SUV market. When it was introduced in 1989 the public received it very well . It had several different production years until the size of it was reduced to a midsize SUV as a replacement for the RamCharger which had been discontinued in 1993. Though there was a span of five years between the retirement of the Ramcharger and the introduction of the Durango as a smaller SUV, it did quite well the first year of production. The Dodge Durango was buyit at the Newark Assembly plant in Newark, Delware until the end of 2008.
Originally Chrysler had planned to build an SUV built on the Dakota platform however its Jeep division already had plans to release the Jeep Grand Cherokee so plans for the Dakota based SUV were placed on hold. When the Durango was released as a full size SUV that could seat up to eight passengers and tow up to 6,700 lbs and proved to be so popular Chrysler decided to stay with the Durango as the only SUV in the Dodge lineup
For 1998 through 2003 the Dodge Durango SLT came with a 5.2 Liter Magnum V8. This was replaced with a 4.7 Liter PowerTech V8 in 2003. For the 2003 model year, the Durango alls came in a performance version all wheel drive known as the Dodge Durango R/T.
All years of production the Dodge Durango was offered with four wheel drive however for 2001, Dodge made substantial changes to the interior as well. Upgrades were made in the interior trim panesl, dash mounted controls, instrument panel, overhead console and the steering wheel. A larger 5.9 Liter engine was also offered on other models besides the Durango R/T that same year as well.
For 2002, The Dodge Durango SXT was also introduced and this was also the first year that side curtain airbags were also offered.
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