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Dodge whips covers off 2013 Blacktop series

Posted Jan 10th 2013 9:15AM

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Dodge introduced us to its Blacktop model lineup a year ago with the 2012 Charger and followed up with more recently with the 2013 Challenger and 2013 Avenger. Now the automaker will be applying this ominous-looking treatment to the Durango, Grand Caravan and Journey models for 2013 as well. These models will be unveiled next week at the Detroit Auto Show, but Dodge has released most of the details for these new products including pricing and availability.

If the Grand Caravan R/T (aka, the Man Van) wasn't aggressive enough for you or its $32,995 starting price was a little too pricey, then the 2013 Grand Caravan Blacktop could be the ticket. Starting with the SXT Stow n' Go trim level (which stickers at $24,695), the Blacktop package costs only $595, and adds unique features such as blacked-out headlights, grille and fog lights bezels and an all-black interior. The van rides on black-accented, 17-inch aluminum wheels. The Grand Caravan Blacktop is only available in monochromatic paint schemes limited to Billet Silver, Brilliant Black, Maximum Steel, Redline Red and Stone White

Likewise, the 2013 Journey Blacktop is offered only on the SXT model (starting at $23,045) with all of the crossover's normal options such as four- and six-cylinder engines, five- or seven-passenger seating and front- or all-wheel drive. The Blacktop package adds $995 to the Journey SXT's price and features many of the same black accents as the Grand Caravan like the headlights, grille, door mirrors and lower fascia. Exterior colors are limited to Bright Silver, Bright Red, Brilliant Black, Brilliant Red Tri-Coat, White, Pearl White Tri-Coat and Storm Grey, and the package's 19-inch wheels come in Gloss Black. Inside, the Journey Blacktop comes standard with black cloth seats and Chrysler's 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen, but black leather is also available as an option.

Finally, the 2013 Durango Blacktop is offered on both the Rallye and R/T trim levels starting at just $295. For this price, customers will get similar black exterior accents as the other two models and standard 20-inch black wheels. The Durango R/T already has a pretty sporty interior so this is left alone, but if Durango Rallye buyers are looking for an upgraded interior, a $595 Blacktop option will equip the cabins with leather seats that have suede inserts, black wood trim and a 12-way drivers seat with lumbar adjustments. The Durango Blacktop colors are limited to Bright White, Brilliant Black, Granite Crystal, Billet Silver and Redline Red.

For more information on the extended Blacktop family, scroll down to read Dodge's press release. We'll have plenty of live images ready for you next week.

Chrysler Canada - Dodge Expands Blacktop Package Offering From Cars to Seven Passenger Vehicles Durango, Grand Caravan and Journey
  • The style of the Dodge Blacktop special-edition packages deliver exclusive customized design and exceptional value
  • One-of-a-kind exterior appointments including unique dark wheels, grille, headlamp bezels and more give Dodge Blacktop packages eye-catching appeal offered at a tremendous value
  • Dodge Grand Caravan, Canada's best-selling and most awarded minivan ever, as well as the most affordable minivan gets added content with the Blacktop package on SXT for only $595 MSRP
  • Dodge Durango – with best-in-class V8 horsepower, towing and driving range – now offers the Blacktop package only $1,295 on SXT and $295 on R/T
  • Dodge Journey, Canada's most affordable, most versatile and #1 selling crossover receives the Uconnect™ 8.4 multimedia centre with 8.4-inch touch screen, along with the Blacktop package's exterior design cues for only $995 MSRP
  • The new Blacktop family of vehicles will be on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January
Windsor, Ontario , Jan 10, 2013 - Dodge will be ringing in the New Year with a host of new Blacktop packages available for Canadian consumers. For the 2013 calendar year the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, Durango seven-seat SUV and Journey mid-size crossover join the Challenger, Charger and Avenger to complete the Dodge brand's offering of Blacktop packages.

For nearly 100 years, Dodge has been synonymous with innovation, style and value. Built to give customers a sporty, distinct look customized by the factory at a tremendous value, the Dodge Blacktop package adds unique Gloss Black wheels, select exterior paint colours, Gloss Black-painted "split-crosshair" grilles with Gloss Black matching grille surround, Black headlamp bezels, as well as some unique Blacktop interior touches.

"Our Blacktop packages have been so well received on Charger, Challenger and Avenger that we're expanding it to our innovative Grand Caravan, Journey and Durango," said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, Chrysler Canada and Dodge Brand. "All three of these Blacktop vehicles offer class-leading attributes with seating for up to seven and a customized one-of-a-kind appearance starting at just $295 MSRP."

Dodge Durango Blacktop will start arriving at dealers in the first quarter of 2013. The Journey and Grand Caravan Blacktop editions arrive in the second quarter of 2013.

Dodge Grand Caravan Blacktop
The Blacktop package is available on Dodge Grand Caravan SXT and adds 17-inch polished aluminum wheels with Gloss Black painted pockets, a Gloss Black grille, Black headlamp bezels (late availability) and fog lamps. The interior receives a customized all-Black interior, including the headliner, door panels and class-exclusive Super Console. Silver accent stitching adorns the Grand Caravan Blacktop's Black cloth seats, door trim and leather-wrapped steering wheel. A leather-wrapped shift knob finishes off the interior enhancements.

Representing a tremendous value, all of these features are available for a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of only $595. Customers can order the Grand Caravan with the Blacktop package in Billet Metallic, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl, Maximum Steel Metallic, Redline Pearl and Stone White exterior colours.

The 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan – Canada's best-selling and most awarded minivan ever - continues to innovate in the segment it created and offers an unprecedented level of functionality, convenience, safety and value. Its standard, award-winning Pentastar™ 3.6-litre VVT V6 engine delivers best-in-class 283 horsepower and best-in-class 1,633 kg (3,600 lb.) towing. Grand Caravan features a segment-exclusive fuel economizer mode and gets up to 7.9 L/100 km (36 MPG) or up to a 900 kilometre driving range on a single tank of fuel. This 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick also has more than 40 available safety, security and technology features, including new-for-2013 model year Trailer Sway Control. Grand Caravan's latest minivan innovation is the new dual screen Blu-ray™ Disc rear-seat entertainment system; a system that plays both Blu-ray and standard DVDs, and has High Definition Media Input (HDMI) connectivity and standard higher-resolution second-row and third-row screens.

Dodge Durango Blacktop
Available on the Dodge Durango SXT and R/T – the Blacktop package comes with a distinctive Gloss Black crosshair grille and Gloss Black 20-inch aluminum wheels with Gloss Black centre caps for the special price of only $1,295 MSRP on SXT and $295 MSRP on R/T.

The SXT interior can be upgraded to match the look of the R/T's trim with premium Digital Suede seat inserts complemented by Capri bolsters, Red accent stitching, and a power 12-way driver's seat including power lumbar for an MSRP of only $595.

Customers can order the Durango with the Blacktop package in Bright White, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl, Granite Crystal Metallic, Billet Metallic and Redline Pearl paint colours.

With its four-wheel independent suspension, near 50:50 weight distribution and responsive steering and handling, the Durango has driving dynamics unlike what you typically find in a Sport-Utility Vehicle (SUV).

Durango features more than 30 storage areas, 50 seating configurations with available second row captain's chairs, and 2,392 L (84.5 cu ft.) of available storage that can fit a 6-foot couch with room for a coffee table or a 10-foot ladder with the front passenger seat folded flat. The Dodge Durango also features more than 50 available safety and security features, and is a 2013 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick.

Durango delivers the perfect blend of power and fuel efficiency. Its award-winning 3.6-litre Pentastar VVT V6 engine delivers 290 horsepower, along with a best-in-class driving range of more than 1,000 kilometres on one tank of fuel. The available class-exclusive HEMI® V8 engine with FuelSaver Multi-Displacement Technology delivers 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines deliver best-in-class V6 and V8 towing and include standard trailer sway control on all models (V8 –3,265 kg (7,200 lb.) and V6 – 2,812 kg (6,200 lb.).

Dodge Journey Blacktop
Available with four-cylinder or V6 engines, five- or seven-passenger seating, front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and a colour palette consisting of Bright Silver Metallic, Bright Red, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl, Brilliant Red Tri-Coat, White, Pearl White Tri-Coat and Storm Grey Pearl customers are offered a lot of choices on Journey Blacktop editions.

Built off the Journey SXT, exterior enhancements include 19-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels and centre caps, a Gloss Black grille, Gloss Black headlamp bezels, Gloss Black lower front grille guard and Gloss Black exterior mirrors. The award-winning Uconnect™ 8.4 multimedia centre with 8.4-inch touch screen is also included. All of these distinctive features are included in the Blacktop package for only $995 MSRP.

The Dodge Journey is Canada's most affordable mid-size crossover, not to mention the most versatile and best-selling. With more than 40 safety and security features, Journey has been an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick for four consecutive years. Journey also features the latest and greatest in vehicle connectivity and customization with the Uconnect™ 8.4 multimedia centre, which features an 8.4-inch touch screen.

The Dodge Journey is the only crossover in Canada to offer the choice of a four-cylinder or V6 engine, five- or seven-passenger seating and front- or all-wheel drive. Journey also treats all of its passengers to premium soft-touch materials on the inside and an available 283 horsepower 3.6-litre Pentastar VVT V6 with best-in-class driving range and up to 7.9 L/100 km (36 MPG) highway. Add in best-in-class storage with features including segment-exclusive second-row in-floor storage bins, available fold-flat passenger seats with hidden storage and you have a vehicle ready to handle your everyday and not-so-everyday adventures.

About Chrysler Canada Inc.
Founded as the Chrysler Corporation in 1925, Chrysler Canada Inc. is based in Windsor, Ontario, and celebrates its 88th anniversary in 2013. Chrysler Canada's product lineup features some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Dodge Grand Caravan, Jeep® Wrangler, Chrysler 300 and Ram trucks.

Chrysler Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chrysler Group LLC, one of the world's leading automotive companies. Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 from a global strategic alliance with Fiat Group, produces Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck, SRT®, FIAT® and Mopar® vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler's culture of innovation – first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925 – and Fiat's complementary technology – from a company whose heritage dates back to 1899. Fiat will contribute world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-sized cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.


Dodge Blacktop Packages for SEMA 2012

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