The 2011 Dodge Durango boasts V-6 and V-8 options

Chrysler reports: The 2011 Dodge Durango is production at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant.

The 2011 Dodge Durango Express model will start at $29,195 for the rear-wheel drive and $31,195 for the all-wheel drive. Chrysler

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2011 Ford Explorer seem to be getting all the headlines lately, but don't overlook next year's Dodge Durango.

The hefty 2011 Durango promises tighter handling, better fuel efficiency, and more options. The Durango comes in two sizes: the V-6 engine that has a towing capability of 6,200 lbs., and the V-8 engine has a towing capability of 7,400 lbs. Both variations offer "lifestyle packages," that one guesses include "sport" and other options.

The price on the new Durango starts at $29,195 for the rear-wheel drive and $31,195 for the all-wheel drive. An $850 destination charge will be added.

The Durango was introduced in 1998 as a midsize SUV. It was a marketed as a replacement for the Ramcharger, which was discontinued in North America in 1993. The Durango, redesigned in 2004, was in production at the Newark Assembly plant in Newark, Del., through 2008.

The 2011 Durango will be assembled exclusively at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit.

 

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