2018 Chicago Auto Show – Mopar Enhances 2018 Dodge Durango, 2019 Ram 1500
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ performance brand Mopar has been hard at work in the leadup to the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, bringing out a lineup of parts for the 2018 Dodge Durango and all-new 2019 Ram 1500.
Mopar 2019 Ram 1500Mopar began work on the parts catalog for the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 well before it was unveiled at last month’s 2018 North American International Auto Show. The truck revealed in Chicago was a Big Horn Sport 4x4 in Flame Red, to which Mopar engineers added at least a dozen interior, exterior, and performance accessories.
Most obviously, the bed gets an all-new Ram Rack cargo management system, which mates the Ram’s available utility bed rails to two cab-height spars that adjust fore and aft. As shown on the Chicago Auto Show truck, Ram Rack makes it easier to carry long cargo, like ladders or canoes, without resorting to hanging stuff off the truck’s tailgate.
Also on the show truck are Mopar 18-inch beadlock-capable wheels mounted to 35-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires. Mopar off-road fender flares, rendered in black, prevent off-road damage. A skid-resistant set of low-profile, body-length running boards help improve cab access while preserving ground clearance. Off-road performance is pushed further thanks to a 2-inch Mopar lift kit.
Under the hood is a Ram Airflow accessory cold-air intake, helping maximize the performance of the truck’s 390hp 5.7L Hemi V-8 engine. That engine exhales through a Mopar Performance catback exhaust system that exits through well-integrated 5-inch dual exhaust tips. Inside, there are a few Mopar touches, namely the stainless steel doorsill plates, all-weather floormats, and premium Katzkin leather seats.
Mopar 2018 Dodge DurangoFor 2018, Mopar is optimizing the Dodge Durango with a few performance bolt-ons, augmenting a few new factory-installed goodies for the three-row SUV.
Available on the Durango R/T and SRT is a factory twin-stripe kit that brings a little Viper flair to the hi-po family wagon. The stripes are tailored for those models’ NACA-ducted hood to emphasize the performance potential found in the R/T and SRT. Two gloss colors (Flame Red, Bright Blue), two metallic colors (Gunmetal Low Gloss, Sterling Silver), and Low Gloss Black are available.
Also available from the factory for the Durango SRT is a new SRT Interior Appearance Group package, which replaces the package of the same name. While the earlier version of the package only came with upgraded leather on the dash, the new SRT Interior Appearance Group comes with a Dinamica headliner, authentic carbon fiber trim for the dash and door panels, and premium paint on the speaker trim rings.
For 2018, Mopar will offer a bolt-on performance exhaust for the Durango R/T and SRT, with improved flow, sound, and performance. The system is made from chromium 304 stainless steel for corrosion resistance and a cool look, capped off with sleek polished 4-inch tips.
Finally, Mopar will also offer a set of lowering springs for the Durango SRT, giving it a stance that’s 0.6 inches closer to the pavement than stock. These springs were tuned using proprietary information to match them to the SRT’s unique shock absorbers, giving the SUV less squat and brake dive, improved roll resistance, and factory-fresh ride quality.
One of Mopar’s trump cards is its ability to customize vehicles before they’re delivered to the customer from the dealer. Furthermore, the cost of the accessories can be built into the vehicle’s financing package, allowing owners to fold bits and bobs into their truck’s final price and pay it all off monthly. Durango and Ram 1500 owners can now get in on the action with those new Mopar pieces.