Ordering for two new police vehicles from Dodge, a division of FCA in Auburn Hills, is now open. Equipped with new transmissions and high-tech options, the vehicles will begin production in the fourth quarter of 2020 and first quarter of 2021.
FCA made the announcement Friday regarding its 2021 Dodge Charger Pursuit and Dodge Durango Pursuit vehicles.
“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,” says Jeff Kommor, head of U.S. sales.
The 2021 Dodge Charger Pursuit will offer the TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission on both available powertrain options: the all new V-6 all-wheel drive with increased horsepower and torque, and the V-8 HEMI rear-wheel drive. The new powertrain combinations meet or exceed the Charger Pursuit’s previous performance profiles in acceleration, braking, and handling. The improvements are also expected to enable increased fuel efficiency.
Other new standard features for the sedan include a top speed setting of 140 miles per hour with the ability for customers to configure and limit top speed for specific agency needs, electric power steering, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an increased Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 5,500 pounds to accommodate additional payload.
Production will begin in the fourth quarter at the Brampton Assembly Plan in Ontario.
The 2021 Dodge Durango Pursuit will begin production in the first quarter of 2021 at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit and offer more than 20 standard features.
The all-wheel drive SUV is powered by the standard 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar engine or the optional 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, both with the TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission. Other improvements include an instrument panel-mounted shift lever to free up space in the center console area, black steel wheels with chrome center caps, four programmable auxiliary switches, and police-specific front seats to accommodate duty belts and enable easier access to 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 says.
Other features offered are the upfit-friendly vehicle systems interface module, a heavy-duty BR9 brake package, standard vinyl flooring, and a tri-zone climate control system designed with K-9 units in mind. The Durango Pursuit has a top speed setting of 130 miles per hour, and customers can configure and limit for specific agency needs.