At a special Dodge event on Monday, Tim Kuniskis (who is the CEO of Dodge) was asked if it was true that they are making a new V-8 engine. He simply said “No”.
The Dodge Durango will continue to have a V-8 engine in it for the foreseeable future. It looks like even the 2024 model may have a V-8 option, but no one knows if the feature will extend beyond that time yet. The 5.7 and 6.4 liter V-8 engines on the SRT Durango will remain too!
Kuniskis recently said that the Hellcats will not be around at the end of 2023. It also means that their replacements (the Charger and Challenger) may not have a V8 engine in them. But, when they revealed their electric muscle car platform (called STLA Large), they mentioned that it could easily fit a gas engine.
Even though the Durango Hellcat could be used again after some technical adjustments were made to meet air quality regulations, it won’t last beyond 2023. The V-8 will still appear in the Durango, but it won’t have the supercharged power from the factory or carry the Hellcat name.
The Durango car still uses a platform that was used for the last-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee. The current Grand Cherokee has been switched to a new design called WL. Also, the two-row model of Grand Cherokee doesn’t have a V8 engine anymore.
When questioned about when the Durango would be updated and if it will use the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s WL platform, Kuniskis said that it will live on because it has its own distinctive style. He also said that yes, absolutely he believes the Durango name will continue beyond this model.