Dodge plans to jump into the police SUV business by offering a new Pursuit version of its Durango.
The brand, a division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, already markets the Dodge Charger Pursuit, the top-selling police sedan in the U.S. market.
Ford’s Explorer Police Interceptor is the sales leader in the law enforcement SUV segment. Chevrolet also offers police pursuit versions of its Tahoe SUV.
Citing law-enforcement interest in a patrol version of the Dodge SUV, “we simply had to find a way to build this vehicle,” said Steve Beahm, head of passenger car brands, FCA North America.
The Durango and Charger share significant components, simplifying maintenance and repair for police agencies that use both vehicles.
Both the new 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit and Charger Pursuit are equipped with a 360-horsepower 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The engine uses fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation technology.
The basic Durango Pursuit is rear-wheel drive. A full-time, active all-wheel drive system is optional. With an available two-speed transfer case, the AWD Durango has low-range off-road capability.
The police interception version of the model incorporates larger, heavy-duty anti-lock brakes. Other equipment includes a police dog-friendly tri-zone interior temperature control, trailer sway control, spot lamp wiring prep package, 220-amp alternator, 800 cold cranking amp battery, heavy-duty oil cooler, heavy-duty water pump and power-locking fuel filler door.
The police version of the Durango has 7,200-pound towing capability. It offers 8.1 inches of ground clearance.