Dodge Durango can get eTorque hybrid systemDecember 10, 2019
An electrified SUV may debut next year.
Literally at the beginning of this month, United Auto Workers and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles released some information about the new products that the Italian-American automaker plans to present. These included the new hybrid Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 TRX. The agreement also briefly mentioned updates to the Dodge Durango, built at the Jefferson factory.
According to foreign media reports, the Durango hybrid will appear at Dodge dealers next year. The powertrain will probably be based on either the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 or the 5.7-liter HEMI V8, since both engines are now equipped with electrified versions of the eTorque in the Ram 1500.
Adapting both engines for Durango is supposed to be a relatively easy task for FCA engineers, as Durango has an RWD platform, the same as the Ram 1500, which already has soft hybrid models. The company’s eTorque hybrid transmission uses a generator set (MGU), which replaces the generator connected to the crankshaft with a large drive belt. There is also a 48-volt “suitcase-sized” battery pack, resulting in lower CO2 emissions, better EPA and improved acceleration from the ground.
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