We are barely 24 hours from the start of the most powerful SUV in the world. Everyone knew that a Dodge Durango powered by Hellcat had to arrive eventually, especially since an SRT version with a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 already existed. The question now is, where is Dodge going from here? A possible solution could be close, courtesy of X-Tomi Design.
In the last chapter of Hellcat all things, this wacky rendering describes the Durango not as a three-row family SUV, but as a single-row muscle truck with an attitude to spare. Unlike the upcoming Ram Rebel TRX, this Hellcat powered pickup seeks to dominate the road and you know what? We rather like it. Ram is notoriously lacking in any sort of mid-size competition for the Ford Ranger and Chevrolet Colorado, and Dodge is now reduced to just three vehicles across its range. The time may have come for a new intermediary to assert themselves and be recognized.
We also can’t help but notice that the road performance truck segment is dead – completely dead. Yes, there are aftermarket companies like SVE that build modern GMC Syclones, but once upon a time you could go to dealerships and buy a new Ford SVT F-150 Lightning, Ram SRT-10 or Chevrolet Silverado SS. Such vehicles have never been big sellers and, admittedly, the all-terrain F-150 Raptor is much more popular than the Lightning. But it’s still a segment that nobody currently serves, and few engines have the marketing power of Hellcat. Are you listening, Dodge?
Let Ram have the Hellcat-infused Rebel TRX. Give Dodge this mid-size Durango spin-off with permanent all-wheel drive and just enough ground clearance to make it useful on rough roads. You could even call it Dodge Dakota, and with a 710-horsepower Hellcat V8 under the hood, we to have believe there would be buyers.
What do you say, Dodge? Don’t you also want the most powerful pickup in the world to be part of your fleet?