2013 New York Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The 2014 Dodge Durango debuts at the 2013 New York Auto Show on Thursday with a new eight-speed automatic transmission that may be a game-changer in its segment.
- The Durango's new transmission boosts fuel efficiency up to 9 percent, according to Chrysler.
- The 2014 Durango will go on sale in the third quarter.
In comparison, the 2013 Honda Pilot (a Durango rival) is equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission. The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse and 2013 Ford Explorer, also Durango competitors, get six-speed automatic transmissions.
The 2014 Durango will go on sale in the third quarter. Pricing was not announced.
Chrysler apparently had two goals with the Durango: to make it less thirsty and to give it "an even more sinister look than the previous model," according to a company statement.
The Durango gets a new front fascia and new projector headlights with optional LED running lights. Chrysler said the Durango will be offered in five trim levels: SXT, Rallye, R/T, Citadel and a new Limited model. There is no 2014 Durango SRT8 in the lineup.
The standard eight-speed transmission in the Durango boosts fuel efficiency up to 9 percent, according to Chrysler. The new transmission features a rotary shifter.
The EPA has not released official fuel economy numbers on the 2014 Durango.
The 2013 Dodge Durango 2WD with a 3.6-liter V6 engine and five-speed automatic transmission returns 16 mpg in city driving and 23 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The 2013 Durango 2WD with a 5.7-liter V8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission returns 14 mpg in city driving and 20 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
The 2014 Durango gets carryover engines. They are a standard 290-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and a 360-hp 5.7-liter Hemi V8.
Options on the 2014 Durango include second-row captain's chairs, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated seats, and accent stitching.
Edmunds says: A couple of key questions remain unanswered. How much will the fancy new transmission add to the bottom line and just how much will it save consumers at the pump?