I told you last week about the troubles with specialty police car maker Carbon Motors.
If you see an SUV in your rearview mirror with red flashing lights, it could be the police version of the Dodge Durango.
The well-regarded crossover is now going to come in a special version for police and fire departments. It complements the Dodge Charger police car, which is showing up increasingly in departments around the country.
Chrysler Group fleet operations will start taking orders now, with deliveries expected to begin in the second quarter.
“We’re incredibly excited to add the Dodge Durango Special Service to our lineup of law enforcement vehicles,” said Peter Grady, vice president of fleet. “Adding Durango to our current Dodge Charger Pursuit and Ram 1500 Special Service vehicles allows us to offer a full range of fleet sedan, SUV and truck options to law enforcement and government agencies.”
What a big, brutish crossover it will be. The Dodge Durango Special Service comes with a Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 engine or optional 360-horsepower, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine. Available in rear- or all-wheel drive, the Dodge Durango Special Service model has heavy-duty brakes and battery, a larger-output 220-amp alternator and heavy-duty water pump and engine oil cooler. It can tow 7,400 pounds.
The Dodge Durango is a top safety pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.