Following the debut of the Chrysler 200 and 300 Alloy Edition models, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] is launching a couple of metallic special editions of the Dodge Durango. The new Brass Monkey and Anodized Platinum appearance packages change things up a little for Dodge's big SUV and should be on sale soon, following this week's debut at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show.
Available on the 2016 Durango Limited, the Brass Monkey package includes 20-inch Burnished Bronze wheels that copy a finish available on Dodge's Charger and Challenger SRT models. There is also a Gloss Black grille, new exterior badge and monochromatic exterior. Specifying this package adds $995 to the base price of a Durango Limited.
The second new appearance package is only available on the higher-level Durango Citadel model. The Anodized Platinum package adds 20-inch Satin Carbon wheels, a Platinum grille, new exterior mirror caps, new fog lamp bezels, a new exterior badge, and lower sills. That's quite a bit of bling, and it costs $1,095 on top of the Citadel's base price.
Depending on your tastes, you could say both packages make the Durango look better, but neither has any impact on performance. The Durango Limited and Citadel both use FCA's ubiquitous 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, with 290 horsepower (295 hp in the Citadel), and 260 pound-feet of torque. For 2016, the V-6 gets a standard engine start-stop system to help improve fuel economy, and all Durango models get a "Sport" mode that alters steering and throttle response, and changes the eight-speed automatic transmission's shift pattern.
Dodge dealers will begin taking orders for both the Brass Monkey and Anodized Platinum packages today, with deliveries scheduled for the second quarter of this year.
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