A while ago Jeep discontinued the SRT brand in order to allow Dodge to be its sole user. Because of that the FCA Group was left without a high-performance crossover offering. Things are about to change though. After many rumors and sightings of camouflaged prototypes, a few days ago what it seems to be the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat was spotted.
The car was wearing all black camouflage in the front with its rear being completely exposed. Even though this is nothing but a rumor, it seems that SRT brand will finally return on the Durango.
Many people complained about the fact the Durango is using a really old platform. However, while this is true it doesn’t mean it is a bad car. The Durango still is more comfortable than its competitors and considerably cheaper as well. Its major drawbacks have been the rather low-performance levels and a interior. The upcoming SRT model would solve at least part of these issues.
On top of that, we are quite sure the SRT model is a test bed for Dodge’s future crossovers. The running gear, engine and possibly most of the transmission might be used at a later date on a future car.
The Design – Inside and Out
Unfortunately, the camouflaged 2018 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat did not reveal all that much about it. There are some interesting changes over the base model, though. For starters, it definitely boasts larger wheels which seem to be identical in size to those on the Hellcat cars. On top of that, the rear end features a subtle change to the exhaust system.
In the front, we can see through the black mesh a new bumper which features a much larger air intake. The headlights, as well as the grille, might be new as well while under the hood it seems to have a hood scoop.
2018 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat
The spied prototype of the Durango SRT Hellcat is more than likely using Dodge’s well know 6.2-liter supercharged V8 gas engine. This currently makes 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque in the Charger which is a massive amount of power. However, because it features all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic, the Durango might offer less than that. Dodge already showcased a while ago a RAM truck sporting the same engine with “only” 575 horsepower.
The Durango may very well be using this exact engine. It would provide sufficient power and torque while not straining too much its delicate all-wheel drive system. The eight-speed automatic would make it much easier to drive than the sedan counterparts.