2016 Dodge Durango Shaker Concept

Launched in 2010 for the 2011 model year, the third-generation Durango arrived a year after Dodge discontinued the nameplate in showrooms. The relaunch brought a significantly redesigned SUV with a more luxurious interior. As the 5.7-liter V-8 continued with updates, the 3.7-liter V-6 was replaced by the 3.6-liter Pentastar and the 4.7-liter V-8 was dropped from the lineup . The SUV received its mid-cycle facelift for the 2014 model year, when it received sportier features, an eight-speed automatic transmission and redesigned taillights.

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Acclaimed for its roomy third-row seats, reliable infotainment system, solid V-8 performance and strong towing capacity, the third-generation Durango has been doing quite well in sales since the facelift. While the numbers aren’t as good as they were in the early 2000s, the Durango sold more than 60,000 units per year in 2014 and 2015, prompting Dodge to add more features every model year. More recently, rumors surfaced of a high-performance version of the Interwebz, supported by spy shots of a more aggressive-looking SUV. The production model has yet to be unveiled as of November 2016, but Dodge showcased a higher-performing Durango concept at the 2016 SEMA Show.

The Durango Shaker Concept, The Durango Shaker Concept features a range of Mopar accessories, as well as elements commonly offered on muscle cars, including the Shaker hood. Dodge hasn’t said whether the concept is a foretaste of a true off-road SUV, but its presence in Las Vegas is sure to get Mopar fans excited. Let’s learn more about it in the review below.

Read on to learn more about the Dodge Durango Shaker concept.

Specifications:

  • Fashion model: 2016 Dodge Durango Shaker Concept

exterior

The Durango Shaker is equipped with so many aftermarket parts that it is impossible not to notice that it is far from a stock model. Significantly more aggressive than the Durango R/T, the concept features a darkened honeycomb open grille instead of the usual crosshair unit, a redesigned lower bumper with larger side vents, a center honeycomb intake to match the upper, and a large splitter. All these features are finished in Satin Black, while the headlights have tinted lenses.

More importantly, the front also got a modified hood with the functional Shaker. This is a first for the Durano, as well as the first time a Shaker is offered outside the Challenger and Charger range. Both the hood and Shaker are finished in Satin Black for a rich contrast to the B5 Blue paintwork. The latter is also borrowed from the Challenger.

Moving to the sides, we see B5 Blue mirror caps, Satin Black side sills and black 22-inch Mopar wheels protected by body-colored custom fenders. The SUV also has a modified Dodge Challenger fuel filler flap, which Dodge says was “cut from the side panel of a Challenger and transplanted to the Durango.” From the side view, we also see that the SUV sits three inches lower than normal thanks to a modified suspension lowering kit.

More upgrades are visible at the rear, starting with the revised bumper that now includes a diffuser-like element and a pair of centre-mounted, chrome-plated exhaust vents. These are connected to a new Mopar cat-back exhaust system. The rear of the SUV is rounded off by a B5 Blue tailgate spoiler and tinted taillights.

This is by far the most menacing Dodge Durango ever built!

Interior

The Durango’s interior is considered one of the best in its class, but the Shaker Concept proves that there is still a lot of room for improvement. Perhaps the most eye-catching addition is the track-oriented Dodge Viper seats. And I’m not just talking about the front seats, but all three rows! Correct; in this Durango you ride in a Viper seat no matter which row you are in. It’s not clear if the SUV has kept its seven-seat configuration, but it’s safe to assume the Viper transplant turned it into a six-seater. Not that I care. This is a Durango with Viper seats, and my only thought right now is “shut up and take my money!”

Note: Standard Dodge Durango interior shown here.

Once you take a deep breath and get used to the idea of ​​an SUV with track-ready seats, you’ll notice that they’re also upholstered in premium Katzkin leather with B5 Blue stitching. The blue accents are also present on the center console and dashboard as bezels for the infotainment screen and other functions. Speaking of which, a unique console shifter replaced the stock dial. The stock steering wheel was also removed to make way for a flat-bottom unit borrowed from the Dodge Charger SRT. The finishing touches are a range of Mopar accessories, such as remote start, an EVTS system, clear door sill guards, wireless charging, sports pedals and an emergency kit.

Drive

I know what you’re thinking, but no, this Durango doesn’t hide the hood of a supercharged Hellcat engine. But don’t be disappointed, as Dodge dropped an engine that’s bigger than anything you can fit in a standard factory Durango. To be more specific, the SUV is powered by the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8, a powerplant usually available on the SRT 392 and Scat Pack Challenger and Charger models. Dodge hasn’t revealed the output of the V-8, but it’s safe to assume it’s identical to the Challenger and Charger, meaning the wheels get a whopping 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque.

That’s 125 horsepower and 85 pound-feet more than the top-of-the-line Durango R/T powered by the 5.7-liter V-8! The extra power should also make it significantly faster than the R/T, which takes 6.2 seconds to hit 60 mph. I’d say the SUV is now good for a 5.7 second sprint, while top speed should go up from 120 to at least 130 mph. The transmission remains the standard eight-speed automatic, but the concept benefits from a Mopar cold air intake and improved stopping power from SRT brakes and six-piston discs.

Conclusion

Oh man, where do I start? The Durango Shaker is like a dream come true for enthusiasts who have been asking for a powerful Dodge SUV. And while it doesn’t have the mighty Hellcat engine, it’s still faster and more powerful than anything the company has released to date with a Durango badge. The aggressive exterior and muscle-car-based features and paint are also a nice touch, while the Viper seats give it an exotic feel. Unfortunately, this is nothing more than a concept car and the chance that Dodge will take it into production is very small. If recent spy shots are any indication, there is indeed a more powerful Durango on the way, but I have strong doubts it will have a Shaker hood and Viper seats. I also doubt it will get the Hellcat engine, but the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 is definitely a given. Then again, with Jeep already working on a Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee, a supercharged Durango might not be such a wild idea at the end of the day.

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