AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — The 2016 Dodge Durango full-size SUV will arrive at Dodge dealerships later this year with several upgrades, including standard engine stop-start technology on models equipped with the 3.6-liter V6 engine and a new Brass Monkey Appearance package.
Pricing will be announced closer to launch date.
Engine stop-start technology lowers emissions and saves fuel by shutting the engine off when the vehicle comes to a complete stop.
The EPA has not released fuel economy numbers on the 2016 Durango.
The optional 5.7-liter V8 engine does not receive stop-start.
The Brass Monkey Appearance package, which will be available late in the model year, adds 20-inch Burnished Bronze wheels, Gloss Black grille and exterior badge, body-color door handles, exterior mirrors, front fascia, rear fascia, sills and wheel flares.
All 2016 Durangos get a Sport mode button for what Dodge calls a "more responsive driving experience." Sport mode adjusts the steering and pedal calibration and shift pattern.
Other changes for the new model year include a tweaked look for the Durango Citadel model, which now features standard 20-inch fully polished wheels and a monochromatic exterior look with body-color front fascia, rear fascia and wheel flares.
The Platinum Appearance package will be available on the Durango Citadel model later in the model year. It features 20-inch Satin Carbon wheels with platinum exterior mirror caps, grille surround, foglamp bezels, exterior badging, door handles and lower sills.
New for 2016 on Durango SXT is a standard Satin Carbon finish on the 18-inch wheel.
Four new exterior paint colors are Red Pearl, Luxury Brown, Light Brownstone and Ivory Pearl Tri-coat.
Edmunds says: New trim packages and technology will make the big Dodge SUV attractive to buyers in this competitive segment.