While Ford has been touting its quick-accelerating Explorer Interceptor model during the Michigan State Police evaluation, Dodge has seen fit to quietly roll out its own SUV that’s ready for civil service: The 2014 Dodge Durango Special Service model.
The 2014 Dodge Durango Special Service complements the standard Dodge Durango models that you can buy, but it comes equipped with wiring and lighting that makes it more appropriate for fleet duty, specifically for fire and police patrol and support.
It’s not a police car or in the traditional sense; while upfitted with bull bars and uprated brakes, battery, alternator, and engine cooling, the Durango Special Service is a support vehicle. It is designed for fire and police duty, removing the third row of seats for more space and some of the amenities but still keeping rear air conditioning controls and even USB ports for its Uconnect infotainment system. Available features also include skid plates for all-wheel-drive models, a rear camera, and equipment to allow it to tow up to 7,400 pounds when equipped with the 360-horsepower, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. As with the civilian model we drove, a 3.6-liter Pentastar engine with 295 horsepower on tap comes standard.
Fleet customers looking to pick up a 2014 Dodge Durango Special Service can start ordering the SUV of their dreams now. Production will begin this quarter, with vehicles being delivered starting by the end of this year.