Next-Generation Dodge Durango Revealed In Patent Sketches, Could Be Named "Magnum"

By Steven J. Ewing

February 02, 2010

Some of you may have forgotten about the Dodge Magnum -- the low-riding, Hemi-powered wagon from the mid-2000s. But while Chrysler has no plans to bring back a full redux of that vehicle, that nameplate could live on. These patent sketches reveal what looks to be an all-new Dodge crossover, set to debut in either 2011 or 2012, and rumor suggests that it could, in fact, be dubbed "Magnum."

The folks at Carscoop suggest that the new Magnum may use a slightly modified version of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee platform, which in itself was spun off of the most recent Mercedes-Benz ML. This means that the new Magnum will be a bit smaller than the outgoing Durango, but will still offer more space and versatility than the milquetoast Journey crossover that currently sits on dealer lots.

We certainly like the new design language with larger wheel arches and a more well-rounded style than the current choppy-ish Durango. In fact, we'll even go so far to say that the rear three-quarter and dead-on views look a bit like the current BMW X5. (Bite your tongue!)

We'll have more information as it becomes available, but in the meantime, click through the attached gallery to see the patent sketches.