This is not the truck we deserve, but the truck we need

The 2021 Dodge Durango was launched a few days back and has been welcomed warmly by enthusiasts all around the globe. Dodge has set a cat among the pigeons in form of the 710-horsepower Hellcat engine under the hood of the 2021 Durango. This is certainly bound to reinvigorate the powerful SUV segment. However, it looks like the SUV could do well in another segmentl, thanks to a rendering by X-Tomi Design. X-Tomi has rendered the 2021 Dodge Durango as a pickup truck and we have fallen in love with it. With the Ranger Raptor enjoying some sort of a monopoly on the market, the Durango as a compact, powerful truck could rival it for supremacy. Who are you betting on?

What Does The Durango Pickup Look Like?

This Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Pickup Is Begging to Fight the Ford Ranger Raptor
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X-Tomi has rendered the bulky SUV as a single-row compact truck, and the funny thing is that it fits the role without any major changes to the aesthetics.

The face remains exactly the same and only the rear rows have been eradicated that make up for the truck bed. With the hood scoop and the racing stripes up front, it looks like a sporty compact truck that is ready to beat the shit out of its rivals.

The full-size pickup truck segment is buzzing with powerful trucks, thanks to the upcoming Ram Rebel TRX and the new F-150 Raptor, as well as the Chevrolet Silverado ZRX. In the compact truck segment, however, things are a little stale. The Ford Ranger Raptor is at the pinnacle and no other truck can dethrone it at the moment. And with Dodge shortening its lineup to just three vehicles now, it would be a good time for the automaker to jump into this segment with the same Hellcat engine under the hood that makes over 700 horses.

How Would A Hellcat-powered Compact Pickup Truck Perform?

This Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Pickup Is Begging to Fight the Ford Ranger Raptor
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Dodge revealed the 2021 Durango with a whole lot of changes. It debuted the 6.2-liter, V-8 supercharged engine under the hood that churns out 710 ponies and 645 pound-feet of twist. The 2.4-liter supercharger is capable of spinning at 14,600 rpm. Courtesy of this, the Durango can sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 180 mph. Now, imagine a similar performance from the midsize pickup truck. That would be absolutely nuts!

What do you think of this rendering? If Dodge built a Durango-based pickup truck, would you buy it? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat specifications
Type and Description 90-degree V-type, liquid-cooled
Displacement, cu. in. (cu. cm.) 376 cu. in. (6,166 cu. cm.)
Bore x Stroke 4.09 x 3.58 (103.9 x 90.9)
Valve System Pushrod-operated overhead valves, 16 valves with sodium-filled exhaust valves and hollow stem intake valves, 16 conventional hydraulic lifters, all with roller tips
Fuel Injection Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless; Fuel Saver mode
Construction Deep-skirt cast-iron block with cross-bolted main bearing caps, aluminum alloy heads with hemispherical combustion chambers
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Power 710 bhp (529 kW) @ 6,100 rpm
Torque 640 lb.-ft. (637 N•m) @ 4,300 rpm
0 to 60 mph 3.5 seconds
Top Speed 180 mph
Quarter mile 11.5 seconds

Source: X-Tomi Design

Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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