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Dodge unveils two new versions of its police pursuit vehicles

The Dodge Charger and Durango Pursuit have been upgraded for the 2021 model year.

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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.

2021 Dodge Charger Durango Pursuit Vehicles 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

2021 Dodge Charger Pursuit Vehicles

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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.

2021 Dodge Durango Pursuit

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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.

2021 Dodge Durango Charger Pursuit Vehicles

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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.

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Dream job alert

You could become Dodge's Chief Donut Maker

You can apply to become a Dodge ambassador with some great perks.

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One lucky person is about to win the car enthusiast's job of a lifetime, though only for a year. Beginning today, Dodge is accepting applications for its new and temporary Chief Donut Maker

If the title alone isn't enough to make the job sound appealing, the benefits are seemingly endless. The lucky new Dodge "employee" will pick up a $150,000 salary, along with the opportunity to drive an SRT Hellcat company car for the year. Additionally, the winner will participate in all manner of racing and car-related events, take courses at Radford Racing School, and get a load of Dodge-branded clothing.

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If you're reading this and thinking it sounds like a blast - you're right. There's a catch, however, which comes in the form of an intense consideration process that culminates in a racing event with a pro driver on a closed course. A panel of judges will evaluate the video entries, and wrestler Bill Goldberg will oversee the race between the top ten finalists. Dodge says the series of eliminations will air like a reality TV show, with the winner being revealed in the final episode.

Today is the opening day of the application period. You have until February 28 to submit your short video, which can be a maximum of two minutes. Get busy making your video and head here to submit it before the deadline.

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What was your best car-related experience this year?

Chris Teague

This year has been a lot of things, but it hasn't been boring. Even if we focus only on the car world, there's plenty to talk about, from microchip-related new vehicle shortages to the wave of new electric vehicles hitting the market. That leaves us with a question for all of you: What was the best or most memorable car moment for you in 2021? I'll get the conversation started.

Porsche Cayenne GTS My SoCal Cayenne śaw snow for the first time in its nearly 200k-mile life last week.Chris Teague

I'd spent a good portion of 2021 wanting a new-old car to drive when I wasn't testing a new vehicle. That's harder than you'd think for someone who thinks, talks, and writes about cars all day, because there are so many interesting, risky, and downright funky options out there in every price range. The added headache for me was that I'd chosen to shop for a "fun" car in one of the most volatile car markets ever seen. Even the extremely high-mileage "untouchable" European cars I wanted to buy were commanding ridiculous prices.

After a solid few months of waffling between various rattletrap Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, and Audi S/RS cars, I landed on an option that had escaped me before: The Porsche Cayenne. First-generation Cayennes are a real bargain now, but the 955/957 (Porsche's internal code for the SUVs) can experience major problems that occur with or without regular maintenance and care. I was determined to buy one, and wasn't overly concerned about mileage, as long as I could count the number of owners on one hand. There was a beautiful 2009 Cayenne GTS with 90,000 miles but nine owners, a gorgeous 2004 Cayenne Turbo with a concerning engine tick, and many more just like them. Finally, I decided to risky-click a 196,000-mile Cayenne GTS in Southern California. It had one owner and one dealer-owner for a month or two prior to sale, its condition looked decent in photos, and I was able to negotiate a reasonable enough price that shipping it from San Diego to Maine wasn't a huge problem.

Porsche Cayenne GTS The pics look great, but hands-on tells another story.Chris Teague

I had two traveling Euro mechanics check the car out, and both confirmed that it was well-worn but mechanically sound, so I jumped. Ten days later, on a snowy, icy, dark Maine afternoon, the Cayenne arrived. Cosmetically, there were a few things the dealer and mechanics failed to mention, but overall, it looked good. The SUV passed Maine safety and emissions testing without problem, got a new set of Michelins, and I was on my way.

Porsche Cayenne GTS I'm in danger, but thankfully this should be a reasonable fix.Chris Teague

A few days of driving revealed what I was really in for. A check engine light revealed a camshaft position sensor error and the Cayenne displayed a nasty vibration at idle. A new sensor and motor mounts, and I'm on my way. I'll update you as more things break or miraculously work, but I want to hear your memories from 2021.

Email me at chris@automotivemap.com, and I will compile the best and most interesting stories for a story on New Year's Day. May you all have a wonderful 2022.

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