Yeah it’s pretty rare to see a 3 row capable suv thought of as sporty without having to spend a fortune. I’m hoping there is a 4th gen.So far what was communicated during Road Kill nights was that Durango was moving to MACK assembly, that much we know. The current Grand Cherokee only comes with the 3.6. The I6 is available in the Wagoneer as of MY23. I would hope as Dodge is the "performance" brand the I6 will find its way onto the platform.
I'm going to make a general observation based on my experience with a non-Dodge product.
In 2011, I bought a new Ford F-150 SuperCrew 4WD with the 5.0 Coyote V8. After test driving two F-150s with the then-new 3.5 Ecoboost V6, I decided that I liked the sound, response, and gut feel of the V8 even though the horsepower and torque ratings were similar between the two engines.
In 2015, I bought a new Ford Expedition 4WD (non-EL). Starting that year, Expeditions were only available with the 3.5 Ecoboost V6.
After 95,000 miles, I really enjoy the engine. The power delivery is smooth, "turbine-like", and seemingly effortless. And, my fuel economy is about 1.5 MPG better. Knock on wood, my Expedition has been very reliable and the engine has been nearly flawless. The Ecoboost V6 is not flashy like the V8, but it gets the job done.
If Stellantis (Dodge) does as good of a job with the Hurricane engine as Ford did with the Ecoboost, I think people will come to love the engine. Yes, there may be applications where a naturally-aspirated V8 would be better than a turbocharged 6. But, I think for most people, the Hurricane will be a hit.
That said, I'm not sure I'd buy a Stellantis product with the Hurricane for a few years. Modern turbocharged engines are very complex. I assume that there will be bugs to work out in the Hurricane just like Ford has had to squash bugs with the Ecoboost V6.
Then they shouldn't expect me back in one of their showrooms.It's highly unlikely now that we will see an ICE powered Gen IV SUV of any kind bearing Durango name or sold as a Dodge or Ram. If the model name Durango continues it will most likely be as an EV.
Interesting. My 1980 Mustang had a turbocharged engine that was first released in 1979.Dodge was the leader of turbo engines in the 80s so the know how (I hope) is (still) there.
That was a disaster and Ford learned nothing from it when they released the ECO boost engine. LOL J/K (or am I LOL)Interesting. My 1980 Mustang had a turbocharged engine that was first released in 1979.