Chrysler’s product offensive includes the reborn 2011 Dodge Durango, and Dodge CEO Ralph Gilles personally attended yesterday’s festivities at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant when the first model — painted in Inferno Red Crystal Pearl — rolled off the line.
Alongside UAW vice president General Holiefield, Gilles snapped photos and exchanged pleasantries with fellow employees during the celebratory plant event. After all, the 2011 Durango is the first Dodge product to be built in JNAP’s 18-year history. The platform-sharing Jeep Grand Cherokee is the other model produced at the location, though a Maserati could be coming soon as well.
The entry-level Durango Express starts the midsize SUV with rear-wheel drive at $30,045 and $32,045 for all-wheel drive (including an $850 destination charge). Other trims include the Crew, Citadel, and R/T; engine selection is between the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. After nearly going away forever, the Durango is back and will be at the local dealer soon enough.