The Charger Has a New Crime-Fighting Wingman: Meet the Dodge Durango Pursuit [News]

Dodge Durango Pursuit
Dodge expands law enforcement’s options with a new Durango Pursuit. [Photo: FCA]

Dodge is adding a new offering to law enforcement fleets alongside the popular charger – the Durango Pursuit.

You might want to check your mirror – there’s a new cop car in town. FCA is adding a new police variant of the Dodge Durango to the lineup, alongside the already popular Charger interceptor vehicle. This is the Durango pursuit, which packs V8 power and has more space for equipment, and the inevitable service as a K-9 unit.

The 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit uses the same 5.7-liter HEMI V8 that’s in the Durango R/T. That engine makes 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, routed through an eight-speed automatic transmission and active all-wheel drive. That HEMI engine is also the same powerplant that’s in the Charger Pursuit. The Durango Pursuit goes one step further with a two-speed transfer case and larger heavy-duty brakes. It does only have 8.1 inches of ground clearance, but that should suffice for most scenarios while this car’s on the beat.

On top of its all-terrain ability over the Charger, it can tow 7,200 pounds. It also comes with an 800 cold cranking amp battery and 220 amp alternator to service all the electronics law enforcement likes to stuff into their interceptors. There’s a heavy duty water pump and oil cooler so the Durango Pursuit can run at top speed for longer. Baddies in the U.S., take note – if you mess with the law, don’t try to outrun the Durango Pursuit.

Law enforcement agencies can order the Durango police interceptor now, although FCA claims it will only be available for a limited time. Expect to see these interceptors out on the road later this year. Naturally, being in Colorado, this car will have to hack it on snow and ice. Judging by its brother’s performance, it shouldn’t have any trouble there. Check out the video below!