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Ahead of the Chicago Auto Show, Dodge today announced that its new 2018 Durango SRT will come equipped with support for Apple CarPlay, making it the first Durango model to offer the feature.

Branded as the "fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUV," the Durango SRT includes a 475-horsepower engine, a new exterior design, new interior options, and more.

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It will include an 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen media center with CarPlay support, Android Auto, HD Radio, downloadable apps, and a 5-year trial of SiriusXM Travel Link and Traffic, plus it will be equipped with a BeatsAudio-branded premium sound system with nine speakers, a subwoofer, and a 506-watt amplifier.

Dodge has previously implemented support in the 2017 Challenger and the 2017 Charger. The 2018 Durango SRT will be available from dealers starting in the summer of 2017.

Article Link: New 2018 Dodge Durango SRT Includes CarPlay Support and BeatsAudio Sound System
 
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joueboy

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And I thought I already heard all about Beats product and they actually call it premium sound system made me chuckle. I'm thinking maybe just a standard car sound system and slap a Beats brand on it and charge customers a premium price. SMH!
 
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And I thought I already heard all about Beats product and they actually call it premium sound system made me chuckle. I'm thinking maybe just a standard car sound system and slap a Beats brand on it and charge customers a premium price. SMH!

No, seriously, it's a damn good stereo. We just took delivery of a 2017 Charger with it. I would've guessed it was a Harmon/Kardon or Bose system had they not put Beats badging on the speaker grilles. It's the best audio system I have *ever* heard in a vehicle. Standard equipment is a 6-speaker system with a 276-watt amplifier - the Beats upgrade is 10 speakers, plus a sub, and the amp is bumped up to 552-watts.

On-topic: Nice to see FCA expanding CarPlay availability. I wish they'd comment on if it is in the new Alfa Romeo Giulia or not...
 
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No, seriously, it's a damn good stereo. We just took delivery of a 2017 Charger with it. I would've guessed it was a Harmon/Kardon or Bose system had they not put Beats badging on the speaker grilles. It's the best audio system I have *ever* heard in a vehicle. Standard equipment is a 6-speaker system with a 276-watt amplifier - the Beats upgrade is 10 speakers, plus a sub, and the amp is bumped up to 552-watts.

On-topic: Nice to see FCA expanding CarPlay availability. I wish they'd comment on if it is in the new Alfa Romeo Giulia or not...

Doesn't surprise me. Dodge/Chrysler has had some great sound systems.

The Boston Acoustics in the previous Durango was quite good, as were most of the Infinity systems.
 
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Steve.P.JobsFan

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Does it really sound that bad?!

Hey man, I love Bose! :p
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ah american cars any good these days?

Depends on your idea of "good."

All of the "Big 3" (FCA/Ford/GM) have stepped up their game in many respects. FCA has gotten their act together (mostly) with the new Pentastar V6 and ZF transmission, and have stopped using recycled trash cans for the plastics inside - but they still have work to do.

Ford has taken a lot more influence from the European R&D teams and put it into the American products, largely thanks to the "One Ford" plan. The Fusion is identical to a Mondeo, the Fiesta is largely the same, the Focus is largely the same, etc.

GM has significantly improved in regards to interior quality as well, can't speak in regards to many other aspects as I don't follow GM very closely, and Inspend most of my time in Japanese or European cars... if I'm in an American car, it's from FCA.
 
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But its still a Durango

Your post doesn't tell me much. Have you even driven the SRT Durango? I'm assuming You needed to add that comment.

More so, the newer One's. They are very nice with some raw power. The SRT Cherokee is ridiculously fast and is very premium on the inside. The release value holds well on the SRT as well, which the base price on the SRT line up is around $48,000, but your getting a lot of vehicle in return.
 
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Hey man, I love Bose! :p
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Depends on your idea of "good."

All of the "Big 3" (FCA/Ford/GM) have stepped up their game in many respects. FCA has gotten their act together (mostly) with the new Pentastar V6 and ZF transmission, and have stopped using recycled trash cans for the plastics inside - but they still have work to do.

Ford has taken a lot more influence from the European R&D teams and put it into the American products, largely thanks to the "One Ford" plan. The Fusion is identical to a Mondeo, the Fiesta is largely the same, the Focus is largely the same, etc.

GM has significantly improved in regards to interior quality as well, can't speak in regards to many other aspects as I don't follow GM very closely, and Inspend most of my time in Japanese or European cars... if I'm in an American car, it's from FCA.
GM cars also have plenty of foreign input from Opel. Just look at the Opel Insignia and the Buick Regal (for example)

American cars are great and like great food give you that taste from were they came from. The only reason they don't sell well in Europe (my experience) is that we lack 2 things you have in abundance, space and low fuel prices.
 
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Doesn't surprise me. Dodge/Chrysler has had some great sound systems.

The Boston Acoustics in the previous Durango was quite good, as were most of the Infinity systems.

Yes and no. Just bought a 2017 Azera (Infinity 14-speaker) to replace my 2005 Chrysler 300C (Boston? premium w/sub). I can honestly say that I cannot get the Azera to sound as good as my 300C. I still have my 300C and when I drive it, the bass, clarity and overall sound stage is much better than what I can get out of the Infinity system in the Azera. Just not enough low, punchy bass, and the surround system makes it sound like everything is coming out of the center speaker (so I keep it off).

So, you are right that Chrysler can do some great sound systems, but I'm not so sure about Infinity. I read the audio brochure about the sound system in the Azera and it looks impressive on paper, but not so much in real life.
 
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Yes and no. Just bought a 2017 Azera (Infinity 14-speaker) to replace my 2005 Chrysler 300C (Boston? premium w/sub). I can honestly say that I cannot get the Azera to sound as good as my 300C. I still have my 300C and when I drive it, the bass, clarity and overall sound stage is much better than what I can get out of the Infinity system in the Azera. Just not enough low, punchy bass, and the surround system makes it sound like everything is coming out of the center speaker (so I keep it off).

So, you are right that Chrysler can do some great sound systems, but I'm not so sure about Infinity. I read the audio brochure about the sound system in the Azera and it looks impressive on paper, but not so much in real life.

Something I find interesting, since your 300 is from the terrible era of DaimlerChrysler (when the Germans basically sucked Chrysler dry and took their money for themselves), my mother has a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the "Premium" Infinity stereo... and I'm pretty sure if you could listen to a dog turd, it'd sound like this stereo.
 
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Lipstick on a pig. FCA needs to get their **** together or they're going bankrupt in a few years.

We've seen zero improvements in quality since Fiat took over. They're still among the worst when it comes to reliability, build quality, and resale.

I wonder how many more years they plan on selling cars based on that ancient Mercedes-Benz platform (Charger, Challenger, 300, etc)
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I would've guessed it was a Harmon/Kardon or Bose system had they not put Beats badging on the speaker grilles.

You are aware that Bose is usually considered subpar right...?

It's the best audio system I have *ever* heard in a vehicle.

B&O, Burmester, B&W, Lexicon, Mark Levinson, Meridian and Naim are all superior automotive audio systems.
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GM cars also have plenty of foreign input from Opel. Just look at the Opel Insignia and the Buick Regal (for example)

The Buick Regal is just a straight rebadge
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Ford has taken a lot more influence from the European R&D teams and put it into the American products, largely thanks to the "One Ford" plan. The Fusion is identical to a Mondeo, the Fiesta is largely the same, the Focus is largely the same, etc.

Read up on Alan Mulally's One Ford plan. The idea was to combine R&D resources across the world.

Focus/Fiesta are the same. Mondeo is similar to Fusion (minus the hatchback.) Escape = Kuga etc
 
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Lipstick on a pig. FCA needs to get their **** together or they're going bankrupt in a few years.

We've seen zero improvements in quality since Fiat took over. They're still among the worst when it comes to reliability, build quality, and resale.

I wonder how many more years they plan on selling cars based on that ancient Mercedes-Benz platform (Charger, Challenger, 300, etc)
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You are aware that Bose is usually considered subpar right...?



B&O, Burmester, B&W, Lexicon, Mark Levinson, Meridian and Naim are all superior automotive audio systems.
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Powertrain quality HAS improved. The Pentastar is miles ahead of the old 3.5 V6 in power, efficiency, and reliability. They had a small issue in 2011 with cylinder heads, but it was promptly resolved.

Cabin quality is objectively the best it's been. Perfect? No. But for FCA's price bracket, not terrible, either.

I'm not saying FCA is perfect. But they're a metric f---ton better than what they USED to be back in the days of DaimlerChrysler and Cerberus.

Fiat -- yes, they've been problematic. But I'm not talking about the Fiat side of FCA, I'm talking about the Chrysler side of FCA.

In regards to Bose, I don't care if Bose is considered "subpar" by others. What matters is how you, the person buying the stereo, thinks about it. I quite enjoy Bose products.

As far as you riddling off other brands of stereos... you seem to have overlooked my comment of "best stereo that *I* have experienced." I'm not saying it's the best damn stereo in the world, I'm sure the optional Logic7 system is even better.
 
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Lee Iacocca should NEVER have chosen Bob Eaton as his successor. Now all Chrysler is doing now is putting focus on SUV's. Eaton ruined Chrysler with the buyout in 1998.
 
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