all-new 2004 Dodge Durango breaks free from the sport-utility
pack with best-in-class power and a broad-shouldered presence
that could only come from Dodge. With more style, more cargo
room and more capability, the 2004 Dodge Durango has the
perfect combination of interior space, all-new safety features
and a best-in-class towing capability of 8,950 lbs. With
a standard V-6, available 4.7-liter V-8, and now the all-new
5.7-liter HEMI® Magnum V-8, Durango has a full-range
of powertrains providing improved fuel efficiency across
new Dodge Durango offers increased levels of refinement,
safety and interior room wrapped in a bold new design brimming
with Dodge DNA,” said Darryl Jackson, Vice President
— Dodge Marketing, DaimlerChrysler Corporation. “With
the market growing for sport-utilities with three rows of
seating, Dodge has worked to improve the overall packaging
of Durango, and we delivered. The new Durango has all the
room you really need, with increased head, hip and leg dimensions,
102.4 cu. ft. of cargo space and a third-row seat that allows
seating for seven.”
all-new Dodge Durango has the interior room, towing and
hauling capability of its large sport-utility vehicle (SUV)
competition, yet provides the fuel efficiency, performance
and handling of the smaller full-size SUVs. The 2004 Dodge
Durango is larger than its predecessor — seven inches
longer, three inches wider and more than three inches taller.
With its third row seat folded and middle row up, the way
the majority of three-row seat SUVs are driven, the 2004
Dodge Durango has more cargo room than Chevrolet Tahoe,
Ford Expedition or Toyota Sequoia.
2004 Dodge Durango is available in three trim levels: ST,
SLT and a new Limited package.
DURANGO EXPANDS ENGINE LINEUP WITH FIRST
EVER V-6 POWER AND HEMI MAGNUM V-8
2004, Dodge Durango offers a new 210 horsepower (157 kW)
3.7-liter V-6 as standard and the award-winning 5.7-liter
HEMI Magnum V-8 as an option. The 4.7-liter Magnum V-8 returns
to round out an impressive powertrain lineup. Both V-8s
deliver improved fuel efficiency compared with the previous
model Durango, and the HEMI Magnum offers 85 horsepower
improvement over the 5.9-liter Magnum that it replaces,
all while also achieving a 10 percent fuel economy improvement.
new Magnum V-6 powertrain allows Durango to compete directly
against other full-size SUVs on price and fuel efficiency,”
said Jackson. “And with the addition of the all-new
HEMI Magnum V-8, which debuted on the tough Dodge Ram 1500,
2500 and 3500 pickups, this all-new SUV has a lineup of
engines that’s hard to match for versatility, power
330 horsepower (257 kW) at 5,600 rpm and 370 lb.-ft (509
N•m) at 4,400 rpm, the new HEMI Magnum also delivers
a 40-percent improvement in horsepower and a 12-percent
improvement in torque versus its predecessor. Equipped with
HEMI, Durango easily sets acceleration and towing class
2004 Durango is also available with the 230 horsepower (175
kW ) 4.7-liter Magnum V-8 engine. With
lb.-ft. of torque (393 N•m) at 3,600 rpm, the 4.7-liter
provides smooth and responsive performance and is mated
to the 5-45RFE automatic transmission. The 5-45RFE also
features a unique alternate second gear ratio for use in
difficult passing and grade-climbing situations.
equipped with V-8 engines feature a “Tow/Haul”
transmission feature that provides crisper shifts, and reduces
gear searching when towing by holding the lower gear longer.
The system will also select a lower gear under downhill
conditions to use the engine’s braking capability.
to the Dodge Durango lineup is the 3.7-liter Magnum V-6,
standard on two-wheel drive Durangos and delivering 210
horsepower (157 kW) at 5,200 rpm and 235 lb.-ft. of torque
(319 N•m) at 4,000 rpm.
ACCOMPLISHED: REFINED YET FUN TO DRIVE
2004 Dodge Durango features a refined and quiet ride but
with a handling edge not normally associated with sport-utility
vehicles. An all-new and torsionally stiff fully-hydroformed
frame is linked to an independent front suspension with
rack and pinion steering. Thanks to the consistency of the
frame dynamics, the suspension and steering can be finely
tuned to deliver superior ride and improved steering feel.
A new traction control system and available full-time four-wheel
drive improve Durango’s on-and off-road capability.
Dodge Durango is all-new from the ground up with all-new
hydroformed and fully boxed frame and a chassis that is
unique to Durango,” said Frank Klegon, Vice President
— Truck Product Team. “With the Durango, we
have taken many of the lessons learned on the design and
construction of our new Dodge Ram pickup frames in the areas
of hydroforming and suspension tuning. What we have delivered
is an exceptional handling SUV that literally leaves the
ever-crowded look-alike SUV pack in our dust.”
Greatly improving the ride of the Durango is an all-new
rear suspension with coil springs and a solid rear axle
that delivers a smooth ride, yet improves durability, payload
and best-in-class towing capability. A Watt linkage system
is fitted to the rear axle, centering the axle and reducing
rear-end skate over rough surfaces. The result: a smooth
ride and a best-in-class Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
of 6,600 lbs. and class-leading towing capacity of 8,950
were built with a purpose in mind, and the Dodge Durango
delivers the utility that our customers want,” added
Klegon. “The Watt linkage design not only helps to
improve the new Durango’s ride, but it also let us
lower and widen the rear cargo floor, enabling Durango to
carry a 48-inch sheet of plywood — an industry benchmark.”
DESIGN - BOLD DESIGN ELEVATES THE SUV PLATFORM
away from a conformist crowd, the all-new 2004 Dodge Durango
elevates the form of the SUV from utilitarian tool to machined
elegance. Its unmistakable Dodge DNA courses through its
design, from its bold cross-hair grille to the HEMI rumble
from the exhaust.
Dodge Durango is not a ‘me too’ design,”
said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President — Design.
“Our goal was to create something more architectural
than agricultural, but a vehicle that still delivers power
on every front, from its dramatic design to its HEMI engine
and off-road capability.”
2004 Dodge Durango has a muscular definition and taut lines
without the boxiness normally associated with SUV designs.
The silhouette is unique among SUVs, with short front and
rear overhangs, powerful wheel arches and a dramatically
sloping windshield for improved aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.
grille conveys a powerful and prominent Dodge signature,
with the large cross-hair as the focal point. Single headlamp
covers hiding dual lights add a contemporary look. The rear
of the Durango is clean, functional and features “afterburner”
COMFORT AND CAPABILITY
design philosophy behind the interior of the 2004 Dodge
Durango is a surface structure that suggests pure geometry.
Surface sections are made up of more constant radii, delivering
a cleaner and simpler overall form resulting in a functional
and elegant inside appearance.
SUV has certain interior requirements, and space, storage
and driving position are paramount,” said Creed. “The
goal was to accomplish this with a clean and precise design;
simple yet elegant and upscale. We started with a clean
slate to create an interior that is simple and crisp, with
highly legible instruments and upscale materials.”
is also very important in this market,” added Creed.
“Our owners spend more and more time in their vehicles,
so we really focused on the detail work. For instance, we
added a large and usable ‘fast food’ bin at
the base of the center stack for extra storage room.”
new instrument panel cluster features a large, centrally
located speedometer and white-faced gauges that provide
a connection to other Dodge performance vehicles. Available
on Limited models, a redesigned HVAC control panel features
the new Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) climate control
system. The ATC unit uses a dedicated microprocessor and
an infrared sensor mounted in the overhead console to measure
the temperature of the driver and the cabin. The new system
measures ambient temperature and the engine cooling system,
delaying the flow of air in cold conditions until warm air
is available. The unit also has controls for the rear air
conditioning system. A redesigned manual control unit is
steering wheel features a new four-spoke shield design and
the vertical edges of the dash drop down to the center stack
to divide the driver and passenger seating areas. “Venetian
Blind” style air vents close flush and provide a cleaner
all-new 2004 Dodge Durango packages the type of generous
interior space and abundant storage usually found on larger
SUVs. The 2004 Dodge Durango has a class-leading of interior
cargo volume in an SUV package that is smaller and offers
better handling than the large SUV behemoths.
an innovative split folding third-row seat design, Durango
improves flexibility without losing capability.
2004, second-row rear seat passengers get their own climate
controls and a DVD entertainment system. The second- and
third-row rear seats feature more leg, shoulder and hip
room than the current-generation Durango. The second-row
seats also have a new recline feature. The all-new 2004
Durango is also available with a sunroof for the first time.
2004 Dodge Durango delivers best-in-class cargo capacity,
offering a best-in-class 67.3 cu. ft. of cargo room behind
the second row. Durango easily surpasses other full-size
SUVs, with more than a 20 cu. ft. advantage over Ford Explorer
behind the second row and has more space than Chevrolet
Tahoe and Ford Expedition.
the third- and second-row seats folded, the Durango’s
flat load floor provides an enormous 102.4 cu. ft. of cargo
room, a 15-percent improvement over the current-generation
Durango. The distance between the wheelhouses in the rear
cargo area has been increased by more than three inches
to 48 inches for added carrying capacity.
nine-speaker, 384-watt Infinity® sound system with Ceramic
Metal Matrix speakers and a subwoofer that delivers booming
sound for CDs and DVDs is optional, as is SIRIUS Satellite
SAFETY - NEW
The 2004 Dodge Durango features a new advanced air bag system
that includes dual stage front air bags and an occupant-sensing
system for the passenger-side front air bag. The new system
can detect the presence of a child seat and automatically
deactivate the air bag. Other safety features available
on the new Dodge Durango include available side curtain
air bags for all three rows of seating, adjustable pedals
and standard four-wheel disc ABS brakes.
seats in the Durango feature three-point shoulder belts,
including a new center-mounted, three-point shoulder belt
incorporated into the second-row seating area.
fully hydroformed frame was designed to improve not only
handling and accident avoidance, but excellent crash protection
as well. New octagonal front frame rail tips with patent
pending crush initiators are designed to absorb frontal
impacts more consistently. The bumper height of the new
2004 Dodge Durango is within the bumper height zone of passenger
cars and engages the structures of vehicles in the event
of an impact.
to its excellent handling and steering capabilities, the
Durango features the largest brakes in its class and standard
17-inch wheels. The standard ABS braking system, shared
with the larger Dodge Ram trucks, features disc brakes with
13.1-inch front rotors and 13.8-inch rear rotors increasing
the total swept area by 30 percent. The new braking system
also features a twin-stage booster and electronic brakes
distribution for better panic stops.
all-new 2004 Dodge Durango will be built at the Newark Assembly
Plant in Newark, Del.