2012 Dodge Durango Special Service Vehicle (SSV)

Dodge began offering a Special Service Dodge Durango for 2012 that joined the Charger Pursuit and Ram 1500 Special Service vehicles.

Designed for police and fire departments, and as Chrysler’s answer to the Ford Police Interceptor Utility and Chevrolet Tahoe PPV in the growing service SUV market, the Durango boasts a 600-mile range, thanks to the addition of an eight-speed automatic, available on both the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and 5.7-liter Hemi V8. Equipped with the 360-horsepower Hemi, the Durango SSV can tow up to 7,400 pounds (the V6 is limited to 6,200 pounds).

In addition to the standard features of the Durango, the Special Service offers heavy duty braking components, a 220 amp alternator, a heavy duty battery, a high volume water pump and an external engine oil cooler. These features help to deal with harsh driving cycles of police/fire vehicles. The electrical system improvements help accommodate the added strain that radio, lighting, and other police/fire electrical components add to the vehicles charging system. The interior offers improved interior lighting and removes the 3rd row seat to allow more room for equipment or canines.

2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit

Although the Durango SSV was popular among police fleets, David Callery, program manager for police and emergency response vehicles, noted that the special service designation held the vehicle back.

“For many agencies, even though they like using the special service vehicle, they won’t really put it on the front lines until we, the manufacturer, deem it as a pursuit [model],” Callery explained.

So FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) went back to the drawing board to make the Durango Pursuit ready for patrol. For the Durango Pursuit, the top speed has been raised to 118 mph. It will feature a performance-tuned suspension, load-leveling NIVOMAT shocks, and front and rear stabilizer bars. The 2019 model will also feature a redesigned front fascia with integrated brake-cooling air ducts to accommodate the more aggressive driving commonly associated with pursuit vehicles.

Moving forward, the SSV will offer rear-wheel drive, and the Pursuit will offer all-wheel drive. Both models will feature new heavy-duty brakes.

Durango Pursuit Key Features:

  • Available with a spot lamp wiring prep package
  • Available with a red/white auxiliary dome lamp
  • 800 cold cranking amp (CCA) battery on the V-8 model
  • 7,200-lb. towing capacity and available trailer tow
  • Off-road capable, with 8.1 inches of ground clearance
  • K-9 friendly tri-zone interior temperature control
  • The longest wheelbase in the industry, 120 inches, for added stability and better handling

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