Dodge rolled out a restyled Dodge Durango at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, offering some new technology in the cabin and a fuel-saving eight-speed transmission.
The Durango's new automatic gearbox -- which can be shifted with steering wheel paddles or a "rotary" shifter in the console -- will increase gas mileage by up to 9%, Dodge said.
The Durango gets mild exterior updates, including a restyled front and rear with LED lights. Inside, the full-sized SUV offers a choice of a 5-inch or an 8.4-inch touchscreen that includes audio and climate controls, among other functions. A separate 7-inch screen serves as the instrument cluster and can be customized, Dodge said.
More screens are available for entertaining back-seat passengers -- two 9-inch units with Blu-ray and DVD capability built into the back of the front seats.
Dodge hopes the updates will help the Durango compete in the growing full-sized SUV segment, which the automaker said had grown 82% since 2009, with about 900,000 total vehicles sold last year. More than half of those were three-row vehicles like the Durango.
The new Durango will come with the same engine choices, a 3.6-liter V-6 making 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, or a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 producing 390 horsepower and 360 pound-feet of torque.
Dodge expects to start production of the 2014 Durango in the third quarter of this year.
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