Earlier this month FCA announced the introduction of the 2018 Dodge Durango Special Service fleet vehicle. The Durango you’ll soon be seeing – possibly in your rearview mirror! – sports push-bars, lights and sirens. Alongside the Dodge Charger and Ram 1500, the 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit vehicle will be joining the fleet of Mopar service vehicles currently on duty in law enforcement. Now, since this is dealing with police cars I promised myself I wouldn’t make any Blues Brothers references… okay, just this one:
It’s Got a Cop Motor. (And it’s got cop tires, cop suspension and cop shocks. – ed.)
The 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit will be offered with two engine options: the standard Pentastar 3.6 liter V6 with 295 horsepower and a 5.7 liter Hemi V8 with 360 horsepower. An 8-speed automatic transmission will control both engine options. The Dodge Durango comes standard with RWD, and can be optioned with AWD. But you knew that.
SAFETY AND SECURITY – The Police Durango will be able to tow up to 7,400 pounds; with that, it will have Trailer Sway Control. The Durango is smart enough to notice if the trailer is swaying too much and will adjust throttle and brake pressure to keep it under control. (This safety feature is also available on civilian Durango models.)
Heavy duty four-wheel disc brakes with electronic stability control will be standard on the Durango, in order to better cope with any potential high-speed maneuvers – like getting to IHOP before 9:00 – it may be asked to do while on duty. Ready Alert Braking is another safety feature that anticipates a situation where a driver will need to make an emergency stop. It sets the brake pad closer to the rotor to reduce pedal travel on the brake pedal for the driver. Basically, if the Durango suspects that it’s going to need to throw out the anchor in a hurry it gets ready and will go on full-stop without having to slam the brake pedal to the floor.
The 2018 Dodge Durango Special Service will have both a rear back-up camera as well as rear parking assist. And that makes sense, because vehicles in this line of work have a cage in the backseat and cargo storage in the rear that may affect rear visibility for the driver. Front ballistic door panels are also an option.
Expect the 2018 Dodge Durango Special Service to be hitting the streets soon. At a starting MSRP of $31k, expect to see a lot of them – like Dodge’s Charger – in your local law enforcement fleets. So, be sure to take a second look if you see a dark Durango riding on steel wheels or sporting a shiny new push-bar up front. (And if stopped, tell ‘em you read about their Durango at txGarage.com…that’ll help.)