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FEB 2019

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UPGRADING THE DURANGO For its 2018 Durango Pursuit, Dodge up- graded a special service Durango it had been selling since 2012, by adding a 220- amp alternator, 800CCA (cold cranking amps) battery, heav y-duty brakes, aux- iliary oil and transmission coolers, a unique water pump, spot lamp wiring prep, a certified speedometer, and a headliner with red and white auxiliary dome lamp. For the 2019 model, Dodge upgraded the brakes and raised the top speed to 118 mph. e 2019 Durango Pursuit, like its Du- rango R/T civilian relative, is best served when equipped with the 5.7-liter V-8 mated to an eight-speed transmission (TorqueFlite 8HP70) that delivers its pow- er to an all-wheel drivetrain. e beefy engine makes 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of peak torque. Of course, agencies can also order a Durango Pursuit equipped with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and all-wheel drive. Both vehicles use similar eight- speed transmissions. e V-6 model uses a TorqueFlite 850RE without an Eco mode. We tested the V-8 Durango Pursuit, which hums as it smoothly delivers needed power at critical moments such as accelerating up to highway speeds. e vehicle uses an advanced all- wheel drive system that employs an ac- tive transfer case to improve real-world fuel economy and provide greater traction. As a result, the handling is excellent, especially during cornering maneuvers. When it first appeared at the Mich- igan State Police in late 2017, the Du- rango Pursuit achieved a top speed of 120 mph. Its acceleration was equally impressive, reaching 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds and 0 to 100 mph in 17 seconds. INSIDE THE DURANGO Dodge engineers have provided enough interior amenities that set the Durango Pursuit apart from the Spartan patrol units of yesteryear. Starting in the driver's seat, ergo- nomic options should suit officers of various body types. e seat provides eight positions and four-way lumbar support. e cloth bucket seat provides 11 inches of travel. Cabin dimensions are ample with 39.9 inches of front headroom and 40.3 inches of front legroom. Front shoul- POLICEMAG.COM 33 PHOTOS: KELLY BR ACKEN The Dodge Durango Pursuit uses an advanced all-wheel drive system that employs an active transfer case to improve real-world fuel economy and provide greater traction.

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