Spotted: 2011 Dodge Magnum/Durango

Last year, Dodge revealed it is planning a new seven-passenger CUV in its five-year business plan. We have yet to see the final product, which is set for a debut later this year, but managed to capture a few shots of a camouflaged prototype during the commute to work this morning.

Dodge's upcoming crossover is based on a stretched version of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee's platform, and its additional size among the Grand Cherokees in the development train was immediately apparent. The rear of the car, aft of the C-pillar, is stretched to fit a third-row of seats absent on the Grand Cherokee. The other notable feature about the rear of the crossover is the presence of dual tailpipes, indicating the presence of Chrysler's 5.7-liter (nèe Hemi) V-8.

Although information suggests that Dodge's signature cross-hair grille will become a hallmark of the Ram truck brand, the CUV, which we hear might be called Magnum, still bears it. The bright chrome grille resembled the grilles of prototypes of next-generation Charger sedans.

Powertrain options for the CUV will include Chrysler's new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, as well as the 5.7-liter V-8. Both engines will likely be coupled to the same five-speed automatic transmission as in the Grand Cherokee. Like its Jeep counterpart, Dodge's CUV will be available with either rear- or four-wheel drive, but likely only one four-wheel-drive system as opposed to the three offered on the Grand Cherokee.

Expect the Magnum/Durango to debut later this year with an on-sale date as a 2011 model.

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