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2023 Dodge Durango: Redesign Info & Release Date

Sarah Willis
Contributing Writer - November 19, 2021

Redesign Info

A rumor has been going around the internet that Dodge is going to discontinue production of the Durango in 2023. This came as a surprise to many, considering this current generation of Durango has been around since 2011 and only just got its latest updates in 2021. That being said, the Durango has had some steep competition with the vehicles that shared its platform, the Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee.

Since they had the same unibody architecture, the Durango and the Cherokees have had something of a rivalry between them. The Cherokees have always been more popular, being seen as more of a performance car. Jeep has increased that belief even more since recently moving to a Stellantis Giorgio platform for the Cherokees. Despite Jeep having the more popular model, however, the Durango is on track to sell 60,000 units this year in America alone. So while production of the Durango at its current plant is going to stop, the Durango isn’t being discontinued.

Currently, both the Durango and Cherokees are built at the Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit. Because the Cherokee is in high demand, however, the plant is having trouble keeping up with their global production of it. For this reason, the Durango’s production is being moved to the Warren Truck Assembly plant in Warren, MI. This is where the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are built. Since, for 2023, the Durango is abandoning the unibody frame and switching to a body-on-frame architecture just like the Wagoneer has, this move makes sense.

Changing frames should bring about some great improvements for the Durango, as one complaint is the towing capacity. The current Durango can tow only 8,700 pounds whereas the Wagoneer can tow up to 10,000 pounds. If switching frames helps the Durango get the same boost, it will definitely help close the gap that existed between it and other models it competed against.

The 2021 updates for the Durango included new tech, a new instrument panel, a new front bumper, and a new engine, but with the frames being changed, we can imagine that just about everything will be updated yet again. It’s reasonable to expect that this next-gen Durango will also share a decent amount of powertrains and other aspects of the Wagoneers, possibly including the upcoming turbocharged 3.0-liter GME-T6 inline-six-cylinder engine. That engine is supposed to be in the upcoming PHEV version of the Wagoneer. If this is true, it could mean that the Durango may see a future PHEV version as well.

Pricing & Release Date

The next-generation Durango is expected to start production sometime in late-2023, so it could be ready for the 2024 model year.

The current Dodge Durango starts with an MSRP of $35,472 with the unibody frame. We expect this price to increase, but we don’t have an official price range thus far. Moving to the body-on-frame could also help with costs, as this will give consumers an F-segment truck that is more affordable and may help reduce the overall cost of the Wagoneers' architecture.

Some competition you may see for the 2023 Dodge Durango includes the Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia, and Jeep Wagoneer.

Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.

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