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Dodge Dakota Future Models

Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,028
edited March 20 in Dodge
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  • jhorljhorl Posts: 89
    Not too much to go by yet but I'm interested to see what it looks like. Would like to see a Diesel available for the truck....maybe a baby cummins.
  • mailman54mailman54 Posts: 111
    This is a dream come true. 5.7 Hemi V-8 in a Regular Cab. You gotta love it!

  • kwanderikwanderi Posts: 33
    I was leaning towards the Ram RC once the 5.7 was available, but if I can get it in the Dakota..

    Put mine on order today..
  • wetwilliewetwillie Posts: 129
    Me Too, Me Too!
  • slr9589slr9589 Posts: 121
    I know it will never happen but i'd like them to put an almost full size bed in the dak...
    but you asked
  • Another of my Ace Buzz Patrollers reports that the SRT-8 badge will not be used on the Ram. Instead it will be used for the next generation of the Dakota R/T. The HEMI powered Dakota SRT-8 will probably make its debut in 2005.
  • bookittybookitty Posts: 1,303
    Rick, thanks for the "heads up" and subsequent links. Looks like some exciting stuff is forthcoming.

  • Has anyone heard the latest speculation/rumour that DC may offer the HO 4.7L (260-270HP) engine in Dakotas later this year(mid-2003 model year)? This engine is ONLY available currently in 2 models of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Edition and Overland models? I've asked many dealerships and the customer assistance centre reps and no one has any official information.
  • mtrialsmmtrialsm Posts: 159
    Does this mean it's NOT gonna be downsized?
    I like to have a diesel option.
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,931
    Well, I was told by a friend at work that he's waiting to buy a Dakota in 2004 because they're going to put the 5.7 Hemi in it. Said he heard that from a Dodge saleman.

  • I have 3 Dakotas, 1993, 1996, 1997, and all purchased new . These trucks are very good trucks and I was disappointed to hear that the new 2004 Dakota was to be downsized. Is this true? or is that comment based on the fact that the Durango which is based on the Dakota chassis going up size next year, and the Dakota will remain, "smaller"? Dodge started the mid size idea, and it would be a sin to get rid of the Dakota as we know it.
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,931
    The way I understand it, the new Durango will be much larger. When the platform designers came up with the new Dakota based on the new Durango platform, they realized that the Dakota would only be slightly smaller than the RAM.

    So, the Durango will be increased in size but the new Dakota will be roughly the same size as the current version.

  • 16/12/2003 - DCX announced that both Dodge and Mitsubishi will sell versions of the Dodge Dakota, both to be made at Chrysler's Warren, Michigan assembly plant. They will be similar in engineering but have different sheet metal and looks. It is hard to say how much input each of the companies has had, though Dodge appears to be largely responsible for the Dakota's engineering. Styling for each model was done by the respective company, independently, though bound by engineering constraints.
  • I'd be very comfortable with a Dakota using the current 4.7, so Hemi news doesn't get me too excited.
    Show me the interior design, tell me about the suspension - I am wary of control arms on wheels in independent suspensions, they look like a failure waiting to happen the first time you test a rock while off road - and tell me that the cabin is updated. Ram styling leaves me worse then cold, but if the mechanicals are good, I'll put up with bloated styling.
  • If the mechanicals prove good, maybe Mitsubishi's version will offer a more appealing choice of sheet metal. The Ram looks to me like someone stuck a hose up the truck's [non-permissible content removed] and inflated it. The new F-150 looks a lot nicer, but it's half again the truck I need, and gas consumption - uuuuuughhhh.
  • sunburnsunburn Posts: 319
    There are some pictures of the 2005 Dakota at Got to New Cars 2004/2005 then to 2005 Dodge Dakota.
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,931
    I saw some pre-release stuff a few weeks ago about design changes and specs. I must say that I think the Dakota may be better appealing to my eye than the Durango. I'll have to wait until I see it in the flesh. I thought the Titan would be a lot better looking than it is in person, but when I first saw a real example I was really disappointed.

    Thanks for the heads-up, Sunburn.

    Best regards,
  • jimqjimq Posts: 14
    Dodge has just posted exterior & interior pictures of the new dakota. They are located under
    dodge life >events > auto shows >2005 Dakota. jimq
  • mtrialsmmtrialsm Posts: 159
    The new sheet metal design looks great. Flared fenders to fit larger tire/wheel package without
    those outdated add-on fender flares!
    I hope the seats have been redesigned! Only real
    grip about my Quad are the front seats. They are
    OK but could be much improved! I'll be looking at the
    year 2006 as a replacement? Maybe? I think Toyota,Nissan and even Honda will be on my truck list.
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