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Dodge Considers Durango, Ram for Officers

At this year's Michigan vehicle tests, Chrysler executives showed off law enforcement versions of the Durango and Ram 1500 Crew Cab.

September 20, 2011  |  by - Also by this author

Dodge Durango Crew all-wheel drive. Photo: Paul Clinton.
Dodge Durango Crew all-wheel drive. Photo: Paul Clinton.
Chrysler may produce law enforcement versions of its Dodge Durango and Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4x4 if the automaker determines there's a market for the vehicles, company executives told POLICE Magazine.

Police versions of the vehicles were on display at the annual Michigan State Police vehicle tests at Chrysler's proving grounds in Chelsea on Sept. 17.

The vehicles would add depth to Chrysler's lone police offering—the Charger Pursuit patrol car—and provide agencies with two vehicles suited for more specialized or rugged missions. The company is still evaluating whether offering the vehicles would be economical.

"We're going to see if this is something to add to our fleet," said David Callery, program director of Chrysler's police and emergency response division. "If the business or market is there, we'll pursue it."

The Durango sport-utility vehicle in Michigan was equipped with a 5.7-liter, V-8 Hemi engine with all-wheel drive and a five-speed transmission. Rated at 13/20 mpg city/highway, Chrysler estimates a $3,102 annual fuel cost based on 15,000 miles at $3.10 per gallon. The vehicle was presented with the black-and-white color theme, a light bar, push bumper, and rear partition.

The unibody Durango, which is based on the Mercedes GL/ML platform, is rated to tow up to 7,400 pounds, a Chrysler spokesman said.

Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4x4. Photo: Paul Clinton.
Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4x4. Photo: Paul Clinton.
Dodge is offering its 2012 Ram 1500 Crew Cab to civilians as a four-door, six-passenger full-size truck with a 4.7-liter, V-8 (310 hp) flex-fuel engine. The vehicle includes a pair of "Ram Box" storage lockers for weapons and tools along the rear bed line. The vehicles could be used for commercial enforcement, K-9 units or drug interdiction, and could help marine divisions tow ATVs, boats and other craft, Callery said.

The vehicles would arrive in the same category as the Chevrolet Tahoe SUV, which is built on a truck platform. Ford's 2012 Police Interceptor Utility, a unibody crossover vehicle, is built on the Taurus sedan platform.

Tags: Chrysler, Patrol Cars, Patrol Boats


Comments (5)

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Daryl Allen @ 9/20/2011 8:51 PM

As a former law enforcement officer with both the military and civilian side I definitely see a need for Dodge to enter the Durango and the Ram for law enforcement operations. Units working the interstate highways on drug interdiction need a large vehicle to hold all of their equipment. When I worked as an investigator it was very difficult to put all my needed equipment in the trunk of the unit. There was times I had the back seat and front seat loaded down which created problems if I had to transport either a passenger or suspect. The Durango would be a great vehicle for investigations/interdiction units.

Chief James Paris @ 9/21/2011 6:52 AM

I still have two 2005 Durango in my police fleet. Both around 100,000 miles. Officers love them. Need some new one, but unable to afford them. If they want to send me some to test drive, i be glad to accept them. P.s Truck look good too. Thanks

Deadman @ 9/21/2011 12:51 PM

Buy B.M.W.,better stability,,better gas milage,higher crash test rating,protect your officers and customers in back seat,they don't fishtail when braking or accelerating.

ben @ 9/17/2012 6:01 PM

is this pursuit rated?

Turner @ 2/20/2013 6:26 AM

I'd love to have a Durango as my transport vehicle. I'm not a fan of Ford at all and currently use an Expedition. In my area, ground clearance is required more than 4wd. Many orchard roads and farm trails that a Crown Vic just can't handle. There is one Ford Intercepter SUV and a couple of Tahoes in my area, but no one has the Dodge Durango or Ram. Lots of Chargers, but nobody has picked up on the SUV/ Truck side of Chrysler Police vehicles. If only I could afford the Durango, my office would be the first in the COunty with one.

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