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2011 Dodge Durango prototype, spy photo by Steve Wild

2011 Dodge Durango prototype, spy photo by Steve Wild

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Mobile phones must make test engineers crazy.

Here, we give you a couple of exclusive spy shots of the new 2011 Dodge Durango seven-seat crossover.

Chrysler hasn't yet officially revealed the 2011 Durango, although it did put up a Durango teaser site that shows specific details of the styling amidst loud music and flashing graphics. (See below for a slideshow.)

For 2011, the revived Dodge Durango is built on a stretched version of the same platform used for the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which went on sale early this summer and represents the first all-new vehicle from Chrysler in three years.

2011 Dodge Durango prototype, spy photo by Steve Wild

2011 Dodge Durango prototype, spy photo by Steve Wild

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Like a previously leaked shot, the new photos confirm the large cross-hair grille, aggressive forward-leaning headlights, and traditional SUV proportions of the Dodge. Like the Grand Cherokee and unlike its predecessor, though, the new Durango uses a unibody structure rather than a traditional truck-style body-on-frame design.

It's likely to share the same running gear, including Chrysler's new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine--expected to be rated at 290 horsepower--along with a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 producing around 350 horsepower. There's also the possibility of a high-performance SRT8 version, rumored to contain a new 6.4-liter Hemi V-8.

The photos were taken last night by Steve Wild at a gas station in Farmington Hills, Michigan, about 25 miles from Chrysler's headquarters in Auburn Hills.

The guys in charge of the pre-production 2011 Durango test vehicle were "having a fit" when they saw Wild with his mobile-phone camera, "yelling at him" to put the phone down and stop taking pictures.

He, ummmm, didn't. And for that, we nominate Wild for this month's Top Secret Automotive Spy Photographer Award. Final ceremonies will be held along a desolate two-lane road deep in the Arizona desert.

The 2011 Dodge Durango will go on sale late this year.

 
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Comments (5)
  1. WOW-you guys get the shots early!!!
     
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  2. Not much left to hide and what I've seen looks good for Dodge. Styling and application is different enough from the fabulous Grand Cherokee to find Durango seperate audience and market. Durango also has a strong following of it's own, especially based on its first generation offering, a highly successful SUV. Chrysler has positioned these two distinct SUVs to make both successful in their own market segment. Look for both to sell well and help Chryslers recovery into a major international automotive contender.
     
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  3. Hey Bill... Work for the company much? Let's be real. That thing is fugly! The hideousness of that "suv" will haunt my dreams forever...
     
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  4. Hey Bobby-
    As I've been looking over EVERY new SUV over the past month- the new Dodge has me intrigued. It has a very aggressive look to it which I find appealing. It also looks larger than the smallish Grand Cherokee and a little smaller than the Tahoe/Yukon, appx the same size as 4runner (which has a crappy interior) essentially right in the middle. I prefer a V8 too.
    Looks good to me- the interior has to be in line with the price tag which I'm guessing will be around $40K loaded. (why are so many nice vehicle $40 friggin K???)
     
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  5. Hey Bill,
    Are you stupid? Is question one. Kb Chicago the gas mileage on the New Cherokee is 628 miles to a tank on a 27 gal tank. If the new Durango gets that i will be impressed cause my 2008 Dodge Durango only gets 390 to a tank. and the price range is from $28000 to $45000
     
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