Dodge is now rolling out yet another "Blacktop" edition vehicle, this time it’s the Dodge Durango . Characterized by a more sinister appearance, the Blacktop Package adds features like glossy-black wheels, black exterior badging, body colored fascia panels, and semi-smoked headlights. The 2014 Durango Blacktop will be no exception.
The new accent package will be available on the Durango SXT, Limited, and R/T models and will hit showrooms starting in October 2014. For SXT trim level Durangos, the Blacktop package will add gloss-black 20-inch wheels, a matching gloss-black crosshair grille, grille surround and side mirrors, black headlight bezels and exterior badging, dual rear exhaust with bright tips, and body-colored fascia and moldings where chrome would normally reside. It creates one of the boldest looks on any current SUV . For the lower-level SXT trim package, checking the Blacktop box will cost an additional $1,590.
Druangos with the Limited trim package get all the same gloss-blak bits as the SXT, plus swanky HID headlights and LED daytime running lights with the Blacktop Package installed. Checking the Blacktop box with the Limited trim costs $1,990, or $400 more than the Blacktop Package on the SXT, mainly because of the HID headlights.
The Durango R/T only gains $295 to its MSRP to upgrade to the Blacktop package and gets gloss-black 20-inch aluminum wheels, gloss-black crosshair grille with matching grille surround and gloss-black badging.
All three trim are available in one of five colors: Billet Silver, Bright White, Brilliant Black, Granite Crystal, or Redline Red.
Both the SXT and Limited trims come powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, which gains five horsepower from the new Blacktop Package’s exhaust, while the R/T model uses the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8
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The 2014 Dodge Durango is an extremely versatile SUV with loads of room for people and cargo. Three rows of seating and plentiful legroom even in the third row means all seven (or optional eight) passengers are comfortable. Even without the Blacktop package, the Durango has a rather aggressive appearance to it, especially with the monochromatic paint scheme.
The Durango comes with either the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8. The V-6 lays down some respectable numbers, making 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It also has a very respectable driving range of more than 600 miles and gets up to 25 mpg highway.
The HEMI is the performance engine of the bunch. It makes 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, helping it earn its best-in-class tow rating of 7,400 pounds. (The V-6 is still capable of towing 6,200 pounds.) The HEMI come equipped with cylinder deactivation, helping it conserve fuel and achieve a surprising 23 mpg highway.
Base price for the bottom trim SXT starts at $29,995 without any options. An up-optioned, top-trim Citadel will set you back some $50,000.
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Dodge is rounding out its offering of Blacktop Packages for 2014, adding the three-row Durango to the lineup of Dodge vehicles with the sporty, sinister look. With the addition of Durango, the Dodge brand now offers the Blacktop Appearance Package on seven of its 2014 model year vehicles, including Charger, Challenger, Dart, Avenger, Journey and Grand Caravan.
Building on the Durango’s distinctive, sporty design, along with class-leading power, driving range and towing, the Blacktop Package features unique Gloss Black 20-inch aluminum wheels, dual rear exhaust with bright tips offering 295 horsepower with the V-6 and 360 horsepower with the HEMI® V-8, a Gloss Black crosshair grille with matching grille surround, Gloss Black side mirrors, Gloss Black exterior badging, black headlamp bezels, body color fascia and moldings, and five options for exterior paint colors. The Blacktop Appearance Package is available on Durango SXT, Limited and R/T models.
"The rear-wheel-drive based Dodge Durango is already one of a kind. It stands out as the Charger of the three-row SUV segment," said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO - Dodge Brand and SRT Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "Now with Blacktop Package, customers can make it even more unique, and it’s customized by the factory."
Through July, Dodge Durango sales in 2014 were up 13 percent, compared with the same period in 2013. Durango has achieved 19 consecutive months of year-over-year retail sales increases.
The 2014 Dodge Durango Blacktop will start arriving at dealerships in October.
2014 Dodge Durango Blacktop
Dodge introduced its new three-row Durango for the 2014 model year, with a new standard eight-speed automatic transmission, improved fuel economy and performance, new LED exterior lighting, including the signature racetrack tail lamp, new 5-inch or 8.4-inch touch screen, a new programmable instrument cluster and an available high-definition dual-screen Blu-ray entertainment system.
Now Dodge is adding the Blacktop Package to the Durango SXT, Limited and R/T models, adding even more aggression to the already sporty appearance. The Blacktop Appearance Package gives customers the opportunity to customize their Durango straight from the factory at a tremendous value.
On SXT models, the Blacktop Package adds Gloss Black 20-inch aluminum wheels, dual rear exhaust with bright tips, Gloss Black crosshair grille with matching grille surround, Gloss Black side mirrors, Gloss Black badging, black headlamp bezels, and body-color fascias and moldings. Blacktop is available for a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of only $1,590 MSRP.
On Limited models, the Blacktop Package includes all of the above content, plus HID headlamps and LED daytime running lights (DRLs), to complement its premium leather interior, for a starting U.S. MSRP of $1,990.
On the R/T, the Blacktop Package adds Gloss Black 20-inch aluminum wheels, Gloss Black crosshair grille with matching grille surround and Gloss Black badging for a U.S. MSRP of $295.
Available in Billet Silver, Bright White, Brilliant Black, Granite Crystal and Redline Red, the Gloss Black accents are prominent on the monochromatic exterior body of the Durango SXT, Limited and R/T Blacktop models.
The Dodge Durango SXT Blacktop and Limited Blacktop feature Durango’s standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and dual exhaust with active intake, paired with the new standard eight-speed automatic transmission and generates an impressive 295 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, and can tow up to a best-in-class 6,200 pounds. The V-6 powered Durango also features a best-in-class driving range of more than 600 miles on a tank and up to 25 miles per gallon.
The Dodge Durango R/T Blacktop features a standard 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine that produces a best-in-class 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque with a best-in-class tow rating of 7,400 pounds. The 5.7-liter engine’s Fuel Saver Technology with cylinder-deactivation seamlessly alternates between smooth, high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode when less power is needed and V-8 mode when more power is in demand. Models with the HEMI V-8 engine achieve up to 23 miles per gallon.
With standard seven-passenger seating and luxurious second-row captain’s chairs available on all models, the seats in the 2014 Dodge Durango can be converted to as many as 50 different configurations.
Families with three or more children will find the Durango’s available captain’s chairs with pass-through especially helpful as two car seats can stay latched into the second row seats, and there’s still easy pass-through for passengers to walk between to get to the third row. The second-row captain’s chairs will also make adults feel like they are riding in first-class, with available Nappa Leather heated bucket seats with individual armrests.
The Durango’s new instrument panel features a redesigned center stack that houses the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen. The bottom of the center stack houses a new media hub with an SD card slot, USB outlet and auxiliary jacks, as well as a storage bin. The new center console features a new segment-first rotary shifter for the standard eight-speed automatic that adds another level of refinement over the traditional gated automatic shifter. Manual shift functions have moved to paddle shifters on the back of the Durango’s new steering wheel.