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History of the Dodge Durango

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History of the Dodge Durango

History of the Dodge Durango

The Dodge brand is one that makes it easy for drivers to be proud of owning one - a fact that has been true for the marquee since it began under the direction of the Dodge Brothers a century ago. Vehicles like the Durango offer drivers the opportunities to really get out and explore, with the comforts that stand out and capabilities that go above and beyond.

Plymouth Trail Duster

The Durango's history mirrors, in part, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, with some notable difference, of course. Since 2003, the Durango moved outside its original Mid-size SUV class into a Full-Size SUV class, and still provides a spacious interior and options between rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. When it was original introduced, the Durango was a truck-based SUV that could tow an impressive 3,400 kg, and offer space for up to 7 passengers with ease.

We could get into a lot of details here, as the Durango is the sort of vehicle that has a lot to offer drivers across the board. But let's step back for a second and check out the predecessor: The Dodge Ramcharger.

The Ramcharger was first revealed in 1972, having been developed under the name "Rhino", this was a vehicle created to disrupt the industry - and it did. A 2-door SUV, the Ramcharger went on to thrive - and continued production for three decades. For quite some time it was also marketed under Plymouth as the Trailduster - and had the prestigious position of being the only SUV marketed as part of the Plymouth brand. Built using a shortened Chrysler AD platform, the first generation was available with four-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive only models by 1975.

2003 Dodge Durango

Now, isn't that interesting?

The second generation Ramcharger saw the two models redesigned in 1981 into the RAM, with non-removable welded steel top instead of the previous generation's removable top, and offered some impressive features along with two V8 engine options.

By the third generation things were changing - and the Ramcharger stopped its production life in the United States in 1994 - but would continue to be sold internationally until 2002.

From here, we move to the Durango - a vehicle that offers the sturdiness of a truck with the practical applications and space options for passengers and cargo along for the ride. Currently in its third generation - the Durango keeps getting better! We can't wait to see what's next for the Durango!

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