Dodge to launch police pursuit Durango SUV

Dodge to launch police pursuit Durango SUV

With Ford Interceptor SUV dominating police market, expect more law enforcement SUVs.

May 11, 2018
By Robert Schoenberger

Cleveland, Ohio – The move away from cars isn’t just for consumers. Following Ford’s lead in the police vehicle world, Dodge plans to offer a pursuit version of its Durango SUV.

Launched in 2012, Ford’s Interceptor SUV, a version of the consumer Explorer, became the most popular police vehicle in the country in 2017, passing 50% market share.

Other automakers have been rushing to take advantage of the trend.

“Unofficial testing results at the Michigan State Police 2018 model-year vehicle evaluation event created such a stir among law enforcement agencies that we simply had to find a way to build this vehicle,” says Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – FCA North America. “The Dodge Durango is already known as the Charger of SUVs, so it is only natural that the new Durango Pursuit complements the Charger Pursuit in police fleets across the country.”

The 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit uses FCA’s 5.7L HEMI V-8 and has a full-time all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. This is the same powertrain combination most commonly deployed in the Dodge Charger Pursuit police sedan.

Durango Pursuit features include:

  • 360hp, 390 lb-ft torque
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • 119.8” wheelbase
  • 7,200 lb towing capability
  • 8.1” ground clearance
  • K-9 friendly Tri-Zone interior temperature control

About the author: Robert Schoenberger is the editor of Today's Motor Vehicles and a contributor to Today's Medical Developments and Aerospace Manufacturing and Design. He has written about the automotive industry for more than 18 years at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio; The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky; and The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi.