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Dodge Durango goes long on infotainment

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As any parent knows, the happier – and quieter – back-seat passengers are, the calmer the front-seat occupants will be.

To this end, even though the Dodge Durango three-row sport crossover is only a couple models years old, corporate parent Chrysler is throwing new infotainment technology at it to keep everyone inside contented.

That means a pair of 9in high-definition video screens mounted on the front-seat head rests, connecting to a Blu-ray disc player. Everyone aboard can partake of Uconnect Access Via Mobile, a function that allows hands-free internet radio listening, plus wi-fi hotspot capability to keep mobile devices wired on the road. A new system provides one-touch connection to emergency assistance, in the manner of General Motors’ OnStar.

The navigation system's 8.4in touchscreen display now has 3D landmarks and SiriusXM Travel Link, and the driver gets in on the high-tech hijinx with a 7in customisable instrument cluster.

Under this rolling electronic showcase, there is also a change to the propulsion system. The Durango gains a new eight-speed automatic transmission that is said to boost fuel economy by 9% compared to the current model, which is fitted with a six-speed auto, though EPA numbers are not yet available.

That fuel savings will presumably make it easier to afford the trip to Disney World, which should make the back seaters happier than they’d be with a mere Blu-ray player.