The brand-new generation of the Durango SUV comes with radical changes. The 2020 Dodge Durango is going to use body-on-frame architecture, which caused many different reactions. Many people believe that body-on-frame architecture is a complete overhaul while others are eager to check every detail on the new vehicle.
The Durango will return to the body-on-frame platform, which was a used concept in the previous generation. Even though the vehicle moved to the unibody concept in 2009, it seems like it is returning to the old concept.
The body-on-frame platforms are widely used by trucks and Ram 1500. So, the new 2020 Dodge Durango will also use the same platform and it’s probably going to be one of the most versatile models offered on the market. In fact, this vehicle is going to be so good that even the police will use it.
Everything You Have to Know About 2020 Dodge Durango
What’s the Difference Between Body-on-Frame and Unibody Architectures?
Both body-on-frame and unibody architectures come with pros and cons. The body-on-frame architecture uses stronger materials which make is very durable, especially for off-road driving. Moreover, it comes in two parts – body and ladder frame and thus, provides a better towing capacity. The only downside is that the materials for this platform are heavier.
On the other hand, unibody parts are lighter, safer and fuel friendlier. So, when in a crash, the entire body absorbs energy.
Dodge Durango Specifications and Drivetrains
Although there is a change of platform, it doesn’t mean that this vehicle will be completely changed. It will definitely keep the current engine lineup. So, the entry-level models of 2020 Dodge Durango model will come with a 3.6-litre V-6 powertrain, while the standard model with 293 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The entire lineup will feature an 8-speed automatic gearbox and a rear-wheel drive. Still, all-wheel drive will be an optional mode.
The 2020 Dodge Durango SRT
The Dodge Durango SRT, a performance powerhouse, is one of the most powerful, fastest, and most capable three-row SUV. It is easily recognizable for its equipment, styling, and beast under the bonnet. This model uses a 6.4-litre V-8 engine, and allegedly, it can make up to 500 horsepower (the current model can make up to 475 horsepower). This model comes only with an all-wheel drive. The only downside to this model will be the fuel consumption.
The Most Important Changes to 2020 Dodge Durango
As 2020 Dodge Durango will use a body-on-frame platform, the entire vehicle will have to change, especially its appearance. Probably the thing which will change the least are the engines. No official images of the 2020 Dodge Durango have been published yet. However, it is rumored that the first model to present the new architecture will be 2021 Durango.
The production of 2020 Dodge Durango will move to a different factory from the plant in Detroit. The main reason is the new platform which will cost too much and thus, the production wil have to move to a factory where Ram 1500 is being assembled.
The cause for using a new platform on this vehicle is probably Jeep Grand Cherokee. Even though these two vehicles come from the same parent company, they are rivals. So, fans of unibody architecture can stick to Jeep Grand Cherokee while the body-on-frame platform will attract more attention.
The Release Date of Dodge Durango 2020
It hasn’t been officially announced when the 2020 Dodge Durango will be released and whether or not it will come with a body-on-frame platform.