Meet the New 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit: A Fierce SUV for LEOs
Dodge has created another toy for the boys and girls in blue, the new Dodge Durango Pursuit. But just as fun as it is to drive the new SUV, it’s also a very helpful tool that helps law enforcement officers (LEOs) do their job and stay safe. Here’s a look at the new Durango Pursuit and the Dodge Charger Pursuit.
Dodge Charger Pursuit
Dependability, quick acceleration, technology, and most importantly, safety, the Dodge Charger Pursuit is a nice set of wheels. Outfitted with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, the standard version of the Dodge Charger Pursuit cranks out 292 horsepower and has a fuel economy of 26 mpg. If the squad wishes to go up a level, the Charger Pursuit is also available with a larger 5.7-liter V8 engine, able to produce a best-in-class 370 horsepower.
In addition, some high-grade hardware has been integrated to make the Pursuit durable, agile, and powerful. Among the Charger Pursuit’s performance features are a performance-tuned suspension, load-leveling NIVOMAT shocks, 14.5-inch front and 13.8-inch rear pursuit-rated brake package, 18-inch performance tires and two-mode electronic stability control (ESC).
There’s also some nifty tech. Surprise, surprise. The Dodge Charger Pursuit has a 12.1-inch touchscreen connected to Uconnect 12.1, a user-friendly built-in computer system that has been integrated with advanced law enforcement systems. The specialized UConnect system allows officers to efficiently respond to calls, share their location, and navigate the roads with access to the most-up-to-date information.
Then there’s the safety. Both, the all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive 2017 Dodge Charger models earned five-star overall safety ratings from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration. Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus and autonomous braking are available safety options to improve driver safety and reduce auto incidents. To increase the already safe Dodge Charger for LEOs, the 2017 Dodge Charger Pursuit is equipped with NIJ Level III+ ballistic door panels on the driver and passenger doors – enough to stand shots from a high-powered rifle, like an M80.
In 2017, a few more safety features were added onto the Dodge Charger Pursuit . One addition was known as the new “Officer Protection Package”, and added upgraded visual and motion detecting systems with cameras and new equipment to prevent a potential ambush of officers while inside their vehicle. Moreover, Dodge is also making use of systems like ParkSense and front park assist to warn the officer if someone is approaching the vehicle. With the Officer Protection Package installed and activated, if the reverse sensors detect something or someone in its field of view, a chime will sound to warn the officer, and the system will lock all the doors, roll up the front windows, and flash the taillights.
Dodge Durango Pursuit
The 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit is powered by the legendary 5.7L HEMI® V-8, and rides on a full-time active all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. It also offers a two-speed transfer case for true low-range off-road capability and incorporates larger, heavy-duty anti-lock brakes to bring the vehicle to a stop in 134 feet (when going 60 mph). The 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit is outfitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the segment’s longest wheelbase (119.8 inches) to provide added stability and improved handling, 8.1 inches of ground clearance, class-exclusive, K-9 friendly tri-zone interior temperature control, ParkView® rear backup camera with ParkSense® alert, and a best-in-class 7,200-pound towing capability.
“Unofficial testing results at the Michigan State Police 2018 model-year vehicle evaluation event created such a stir among law enforcement agencies that we simply had to find a way to build this vehicle … The Dodge Durango is already known as the Charger of SUVs, so it is only natural that the new Durango Pursuit complements the Charger Pursuit in police fleets across the country.” – Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – FCA North America.
* The boys in blue now have one of the world’s fastest sedans and just got a new shiny SUV. Of course, neither of these vehicles will be available to the public, but, you can find a 2018 Dodge Durango or 2018 Dodge Charger at Miami Lakes Automall. *