2018 Dodge Durango SRT: The family hauler gets meaner Page 2

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A vehicle as fast as the Durango SRT that carries so much weight needs big brakes and Dodge provides them. It is outfitted with Brembo brakes that features slotted 15-inch diameter rotors and 6-piston calipers up front and 13.8-inch rotors and 4-piston calipers in the rear. Those big binders allow it to come to a halt in just 115 feet from 60 mph.

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Dodge provides seven drive modes: Sport, Track, Snow, Tow, Eco, Valet, and Street. Sport and Track increase shift times and loosen the electronic stability control reins while Snow mode locks the all-wheel-drive system 50/50 and clamps down on the electronic stability control, essentially putting it into a "nanny mode." Throw it into Tow mode and that turns on the active noise cancellation to isolate any drone from the exhaust. Street mode is for everyday around-town driving. Worried about handing your Durango SRT to the valet? There's Valet mode that cuts power to that of a V-6 to kill any dreams of shenanigans.

2018 Dodge Durango SRT

2018 Dodge Durango SRT

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Inside the Durango's SRT gets a hand-wrapped dashboard with stitched accents, a flat-bottom steering wheel, paddle shifters, a 180-mph speedometer, and a T-style shifter that replaces the rotary gear selector found in lesser trims. Suede-wrapped pillars and headliner are standard along with leather and suede seats. Laguna leather and real carbon fiber trim are optional.

In terms of functionality, there's seating for seven with two captain's chairs in the second-row that fold and tumble for access to the third-row.

Despite its strong performance credentials, safety is paramount in any family hauler. Dodge outfits the new Durango SRT with trailer-sway control, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, and all the airbags you could want.

Being shown in the metal for the first time at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, the new 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is set to go into production this summer with volume hitting dealers in the fourth quarter of 2017. Stay tuned for pricing and fuel economy as we near the on-sale date.

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