Chicago: Dodge unveils Durango Heat - a less-hot R/T

Dodge has revealed a new trim level for the Durango, dubbed Heat, which is intended to fill the gap between the standard model and the hopped-up R/T.

As the Chicago Auto Show gets underway, Chrysler is wasting no time revealing a penta-pack of new R/T models, as well as an R/T styled Durango that finds its motivation from the less powerful Pentastar V6.

Dodge says that the Durango Heat isn't quite worthy of the R/T badge itself as it is powered by the 295 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, but this hot SUV still comes equipped with plenty of the goodies and cosmetic upgrades found on the V8-powered R/T model. Thanks to the use of a V6 in place of the R/T's V8, the Heat is also capable of up to 23 highway miles per gallon.

The Durango heat is intended to offer a less pricey Durango offering that still has a sporty appeal, and with pricing starting at $30,295 before destination, it is certainly in a different price bracket than the R/T. The Heat will come in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, and features a dual exhaust, tuned air induction, custom 20-inch Satin Carbon finished wheels and unique styling throughout.

The Heat and R/T share a unique fascia with fog lamps, a color-matched grille and dark headlamp bezels. The color-matched body kit, wheel lips and rear fascia with integrated dual chrome exhaust outlets also help to give the Heat a lower stance.

Expect the Durango Heat to begin arriving in dealers this Spring.

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