2010 LA Auto Show: Dodge steals the show with new models
The 2010 LA Auto Show began for Dodge with 4 vehicles cloaked in black silk covers and when company CEO Ralph Gilles took the stage, the world was formally introduced to the 2011 Dodge Charger, the 2011 Dodge Avenger, the 2011 Dodge Journey and the 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan. Also, while it didn’t get to share a space on Dodge’s massive stage, the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Inaugural Edition made its formal debut in blue with white stripes – packing the new 392 cubic inch, 470 horsepower Hemi V8.
The 2011 Dodge Charger and 2011 Dodge Durango are a dynamic duo
While Ralph Gilles introduced a handful of new or refreshed models for 2011, the top attractions from Dodge’s 2010 LA Auto Show display were the 2011 Dodge Charger and the 2011 Dodge Durango. The Charger receives a substantial refresh inside and out, along with the addition of a new, more powerful entry-level V6. The interior fit and finish of the 2011 Charger gives the modern muscle sedan a far more luxurious feel with new front and rear seats, and the new one-piece dash removes the plastic-heavy reputation of the outgoing Charger. Most importantly, the 2011 Dodge Charger receives exterior improvements to make this car one of the sportiest, most sinister looking performance sedans available in the American market.
The 2011 Dodge Durango comes with a familiar name, although this new SUV is working to shed the negative reputation of the previous generation of Dodge’s well known SUV. Unlike prior Durango’s, the 2011 model uses a unibody construction for better handling and ride quality but it does so without losing the towing and offroading capacity of the older, body-on-frame Durango.
Using the chassis of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the 2011 Durango is slightly larger but thanks to the attention paid to the suspension components, the new Durango handles like no SUV I’ve ever driven before. Like the Charger (and the rest of the Dodge lineup), the 2011 Durango offers the new Pentastar V6 and for those who want more punch from their new Dodge SUV, the 5.7L Hemi packs 360 horsepower and Dodge’s fuel saver technology to improve efficiency in the powerful V8.