2018 Dodge Durango Hellcat Spied
Seven Seats, 707 Horsepower
The Durango has long been somewhat of the Rodney Dangerfield of seven-seat SUVs in our book. It just doesn’t get the respect it deserves. It’s dwarfed in sales by the Ford Explorer and is largely shown up by its shorter-wheelbase cousin, the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Well, the Durango will soon demand respect—and get it—if these spy shots are any indication. What we believe we’re looking at is a Durango powered by the fire-breathing 6.2L supercharged Hemi “Hellcat” engine. As installed in the Dodge Challenger and Charger, the engine produces a substantial 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. Even if it’s de-tuned slightly from that lofty figure, it still promises to be one of the most powerful SUVs on the market.
The grille on this prototype ditches the traditional Dodge crosshair design for a plastic mesh treatment similar to that used on the Charger SRT. An additional indication of the voracious airflow appetite of the engine is what appears to be an air intake duct integrated into the bumper. Aside from the front clip, there is little to give away the formidable performance potential of this sleeper SUV.
While everyone else may be doubling down on plug-in hybrids, electrics, and other high-mileage fuel-sippers, it seems FCA is determined to go out in a big-displacement bang before Uncle Sam’s iron fist comes crashing down.