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Dodge expands Blacktop lineup for 2013

Trim package now offered on Journey, Grand Caravan and Durango.

By AutoWeek Jan 10, 2013 9:22AM

In November, Dodge added the Avenger, Challenger and Charger vehicles to the list of Blacktop special editions. Dodge says they were received well, and the company is adding the Journey, Durango and Grand Caravan to the list of cars that can get the Blacktop treatment.


The Grand Caravan Blacktop comes equipped with 17-inch polished aluminum wheels with black accents, black grille, black headlight bezels and fog lights. Inside the minivan gets an all-black interior including the headliner, door panels and console. Silver stitching accents the door trim, steering wheel and cloth seats.


The Blacktop edition doesn’t only come in black; silver, steel, red and white are also offered.


The Grand Caravan Blacktop is based on the SXT trim, which includes the company’s Pentastar V6 engine, keyless entry, three-zone air conditioning, heated mirrors and a handful of other standard features.


The 2013 Grand Caravan costs $27,490. The Blacktop package adds $595. The special edition will arrive in dealerships in the second quarter of 2013.


The 2013 Dodge Durango Blacktop is offered on the SXT Rallye and R/T trim of the seven-passenger SUV. Checking the box will get buyers the black crosshair grille and black 20-inch wheels for $295. It can be specified with white, black, gray, silver and red exterior paint. 


The 2013 Durango is offered with a V6 or Chrysler’s Hemi V8 with multi-displacement technology. The interior of the Rallye can also be upgraded to the R/T level with suede seat inserts, red accent stitching and a 12-way power driver’s seat for $595.


The 2013 Dodge Durango SXT Rallye Blacktop will go on sale in the first quarter of 2013, with a starting price of $32,485, including destination.


The 2013 Dodge Journey Blacktop is based on the SXT trim. It offers front- or all-wheel drive, four- or six-cylinder engines and five- or seven-passenger seating. Exterior color choices consist of silver, red, black, white, pearl and gray.


The SXT trim includes Chrysler’s 8.4-inch touchscreen display and black cloth seats. Leather seats and a heated steering wheel are optional. The Blacktop option adds 19-inch gloss black wheels, gloss black grille, black headlight bezels, black lower front fascia and black exterior mirrors.


The 2013 Journey will arrive in the second quarter of 2013 with a price of $23,990, including destination. The Blacktop package will add $995.


-- Jake Lingeman


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Jan 10, 2013 11:07AM
The Challenger and Charger are the only two I'd consider.
Jan 10, 2013 11:21AM

The Grand Caravan?  Really?  Another case of trying to put lipstick on a pig. 

Jan 10, 2013 10:09AM
Jan 10, 2013 12:46PM
I like the wheels but I think the black grills cheapen the looks of the vehicle. Maybe if the grill design was nice to begin with it wouldn't look so bad. A mirrored black grill would look nicer in my opinion and it would match the headlights better.
Jan 10, 2013 8:21PM

I heard a story about Black cars and darker colored cars for that matter,  are being targeted becuase they absorb and retain more heat. This in return causes the AC system to work harder than it would with a ligter colored car. This of course uses more fule etc, etc etc....  


I just saying that I wouldn't be suprised to see solar reflectivity playing a factor in our vehicles in the near future.....


I'm a fan of black cars with black packages (I own one) but will it become obsolete? I hope techology allows for better darkcolor reflective property paints....

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