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Dodge unveils two new versions of its police pursuit vehicles
There freshened 2021 Dodge Durango Pursuit and 2021 Dodge Charger Pursuit have been unveiled. The police pursuit vehicles (PPV) are equipped with new transmissions and offer new high-tech options that Dodge says are designed to "enhance officer safety, responsiveness and fuel efficiency".
The changes are the result of research Dodge did and feedback it received from the company's Police Advisory Board, a group made up of police professionals and Dodge employees from across North America. Boards like this are common and an important part of the design process; Ford also has one.
Dodge has refreshed the Charger Pursuit and Durango Pursuit for 2021.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC
"Designed and built based on input from our Police Advisory Board and direct officer feedback, the 2021 Dodge Charger and Durango Pursuit deliver on our promise to offer police agencies the most advanced law-enforcement vehicle lineup in the industry whether as a sedan or a sport-utility vehicle," said Head of U.S. Sales Jeff Kommor.
2021 Dodge Charger Pursuit
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Dodge has refreshed the Charger Pursuit to none exclusively offer an eight-speed automatic transmission with all powertrains options. For 2021, those options include a new V6 option with all-wheel drive as well as more horsepower and torque. It will continue to be offered with a V8 and rear-wheel drive combination.
The car has a top speed setting of 140 mph that can be adjusted to adhere to specific agency guidelines.
Electric power steering, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are now standard.
Dodge has increased the car's Gross Vehicle Weight Rating to 5,500 pounds to accommodate additional payload.
Production of the Charger Pursuit starts in the fourth quarter at the Brampton (Ontario) Assembly Plant.
Dodge is giving the 2021 Durango Pursuit an additional 20 standard features. The all-wheel drive model continues to be powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine while a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 remains as an optional upgrade. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Durango Pursuit has a top speed of 130 mph. Customers can configure and limit the car's speed settings for specific agency needs.
Dodge has changed the style of the shift lever to allow for more space in the center console area. There are now black steel wheels with chrome center caps, four programmable auxiliary switches, and police-specific front seats that are designed to better fit duty belts and enable easier seat belt latch points.
"These features, such as the new IP-mounted shift lever, free up valuable space between the front seats to accommodate the police aftermarket equipment needed for the officers to accomplish their jobs," Kommor said.
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Dodge is offering the model with the upfit-friendly Vehicle Systems Interface Module, a heavy-duty BR9 brake package, standard vinyl flooring, and a tri-zone climate control system.
Production of the 2021 Dodge Durango Pursuit starts in the first quarter of 2021 at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit.