body color on Nitro R/T or chrome (photo)
on the Nitro and SLT.
8th February 2006.
With the introduction of its all-new
2007 Nitro around the third quarter of this year (2007
MY), the Dodge
brand is expanding its presence a step further, entering
the mid-size SUV
segment with the promise that its Nitro dynamic
performance will match its bold and aggressive styling.
Dodge's expansion is not new. In 1992,
the brand launched the head-turning Dodge
Viper sports car, in a bid
to revive the dynamic image of the whole range. Two years
later, the tough-image brand launched its big-rig designed
More than that, Dodge is not just
widening it product portfolio. Its geographic spread will
also cover overseas markets more seriously than before,
For this year, the all-new
2007 Dodge Caliber (common platform with the Jeep
Compass and Patriot) compact car should reach
Europe (C-segment in Europe) and close to
100 countries from the second quarter of this year,
with both right- and left-hand drive
models, and even a turbo diesel engine - an essential
requirement for success in Europe.
Besides the Caliber, the
all-new Nitro should provide another attractive proposals
at Dodge showrooms, since the mid-size 5-passenger Nitro
fits under Dodge's other SUV,
the large 5- or 7-passenger
completing the brand's current lineup of cars,
minivans (Caravan / Grand
Caravan), trucks and commercial vehicles.
side features a deep-body section and high
To be built at the Toledo (Ohio) North
Assembly Plant alongside the Jeep
Liberty, Dodge's Nitro too
will be available outside North America in both left- and
right-hand drive (mainly for the UK market), by the first
quarter of 2007.
Based on the Nitro concept unveiled at
the 2005 Chicago Auto Show,
the 2007 Dodge Nitro
will come with features that aren't typically offered on a
mid-size SUV, such as two V-6 engine options, 20-inch
tires and chrome-clad aluminium wheels, a performance
overhangs pushing the wheels to corners,
under bold wheel arches.
Three Nitro models will be available at
launch: the Dodge Nitro (base), Dodge Nitro SLT and Dodge
Nitro R/T. Both Nitro and Nitro SLT come with a 3.7-liter
SOHC V-6 engine, generating 210 hp and 235 lb.-ft. (319
Nm) @ 4,000 rpm. Nitro R/T features a new 4.0-liter V-6
engine that delivers 255 hp and 275 lb.-ft. torque (360
Nm) @ 4,000 rpm.
Transmission comes either with standard
six-speed manual, or 4- or 5-speed automatic. All U.S.
models offer 4x2 and 4x4 capability. More
on Nitro engines, transmissions, drive, suspensions,
4-gauge instrument cluster, chunky
steering wheel and new seats.
Nitro standard safety features include
Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Anti-lock Brake System
(ABS), Electronic Roll Mitigation and side-curtain air
The optional equipment list includes a
system with traffic data
update, rear-seat DVD
audio with premium speakers with a subwoofer, remote
start, UConnectTM , and Sirius Satellite Radio.
Exterior Design - As a typical
Dodge, Nitro's bold grille comes in body color on the
Dodge Nitro R/T and chrome on the Dodge Nitro and Dodge
The side features a deep-body section
and high beltline, with chrome vents positioned on each
front fender. The short front and rear overhangs
contribute to the vehicle's dynamic expression, pushing
the wheels to the corners, under bold wheel arches.
The side-view mirrors were developed in
the Chrysler Group wind tunnel in Auburn Hills, Mich., in
conjunction with the form of the A-pillar, to minimise
wind noise, while the door handles have a solid, strong
feel and are easy to grip, even with a gloved hand (see
next picture down).
The C-pillar black-out (back of the
rear doors windows) makes the second-row and rear-windows
appear more horizontal, amplifying the vehicle’s sporty
The rear of the vehicle features
bevelled tail lamps.
- Door handles: solid feel and easy to
grip, even with a gloved hand.
2 - Chrome vents positioned on each front
3 - C-pillar black-out amplifies the
vehicle’s sporty nature.
4 - Fold-flat front passenger seat, as
well as fold-flat second-row seats.
Interior Design - A three-pod,
four-gauge instrument cluster is designed for right- or
left-hand drive. The chunky steering wheel gives a
perception of a bigger vehicle. Brushed silver accents
appear on the door handles, centre console, gear shift and
HVAC controls. The Dodge Nitro SLT and Dodge Nitro R/T
receive additional chrome detail on the steering wheel,
instrument cluster, first-row grab handle and centre
In harmony with the bold Dodge image,
the gear shifter and control buttons are substantial in
size and bold by design. The centre console storage bin is
deep and wide enough to house CDs or DVDs and has a tray
that sits atop it for additional storage.
The centre console offers three spaces
that can accommodate hand-held PDAs, cell phones or coins.
The driver- and passenger-side doors each have deep
compartments; behind the driver's seat is a wide and
easy-to-reach map pocket.
The Dodge Nitro features a new firm and
robust seat structure. A choice of vinyl or cloth seats is
also available on the Dodge Nitro model. Leather seats are
available for the Dodge Nitro R/T and SLT models.
Standard on the Dodge
Nitro SLT is the new YES
Essentials® cloth seats, and advanced seating
upholstery that offers three key benefits: repelling
stains, controlling odor and reducing static electricity.
The fabric technology promises to withstand endless
cleanings — even repeatedly in the same location —
without rubbing off or changing the texture or comfort of
the seats or surfaces. The upholstery also controls
bacteria-based odors inside the vehicle.
Nitro comes with a fold-flat front
passenger seat, as well as fold-flat second-row seats. The
second-row seats also recline for added passenger comfort.
Standard on the Dodge Nitro SLT and
Dodge Nitro R/T is the LOAD 'N GOTM cargo
floor which slides 18 inches rearward for easy and
convenient loading and unloading of packages. The LOAD 'N
GO cargo floor can hold up to 400 pounds and is made of a
heavy-duty plastic for easy cleaning.
Standard on the Dodge Nitro base model
is a reversible load floor, while a compact utility
table is optional. The Nitro features two new exterior
colors — Sunburst Orange and Electric Blue. Also
available will be Inferno Red, Light Khaki, Bright Silver,
Black and Stone White.
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