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Dodge Nitro

I'm curious if anyone knows anything about the capabilites of the upcoming 07 Dodge Nitro, other than than the press release info. It says less capable than the liberty, but still capable - that doesn't tell us much.

Any info is appreciated!
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  • I understand the Nitro will not be a serious off-roader. If you're looking at 4- wheeling you might need to shop elsewhere. This is a great looking vehicle for general purpose SUV use - mud and snow won't be a problem (on-road). It doesn't seem Rubicon will be part of this Dodge's repertoire.
  • Since I seriously doubt if I will ever see (much less drive) the Rubicon Trail, I really don't place that capability very high on my list of priorities. What I'm interested in is a vehicle which sits up high, has good visibility, gives a good ride, and can negotiate Indiana snow-falls. I thought that I had thrown in the bonus of saving money on fuel costs by trading for a Jeep Liberty CRD - just in time for the price of gasoline to drop and the price of diesel fuel to soar! Come a year from now, I plan to be one of the "Dodge Boys".
  • Has anyone seen a breakdown of the dimensions of the Nitro? I'm wondering if the head-room will be appreciably less than that of the Jeep Liberty.
  • samminsammin Posts: 39
    Any idea when we will see the Nitro in the showrooms?

    Also, what about colors, any chance of inferno red?
  • Everything I've read indicates an ETA of August. The color choices would undoubtedly be the same as those for the Ram, Durango and Dakota. "Inferno Red" would have to be included if it's going to be a Dodge!
    :)
  • Any word on an SRT Nitro? Also, since it looks like the Dodge Caliber and Jeep Compass are twins and I've heard the Nitro will be a re-skinned Liberty, what about a possible diesel? Keep on keepin' on ;)
  • What I'm hoping for is the 3.5 (rather than the 3.7) V6. Although (technically) smaller, the 3.5 has a whole lot more "poop". Speaking from experience, my opinion of diesels is that they're more trouble than they're worth, for my use, any way.
  • 03dakrt03dakrt Posts: 17
    3.7 will be standard. The new 4.0L V-6 will be optional. 255HP 275 Ft pounds.
  • I'd not heard about a new 4.0 V6, but it sounds like it should be :) a winner.
  • samminsammin Posts: 39
    Dumb question, has Dodge officially debuted the Nitro yet? Meaning are the pics and specs as show on various sites the actual production vechical? I'm curious if the red/black leather interior and 20" wheels will make it to production.

    Thanks
  • 03dakrt03dakrt Posts: 17
    no, I think they will show it in production trim at the Chicago auto show.
  • Here's a link to the Chicago Auto Show, which will be 10-19 February 2006. The pictures of the Nitro which they're currently showing are of the "concept" but should be up-dated to the "production" version when the show starts.

    http://www.chicagoautoshow.com/vehicles/detail.asp

    :)
  • navigator89navigator89 Posts: 1,080
    Finally pictures of the Nitro in a color other than Torch Red.
  • Love it! Come on, August! :)
  • Dodge is likely to release a SRT version of its recently-annonced Nitro crossover, but don't expect to see a Hemi under the hood. According to a blog posting by Edmunds, a Chrysler spokesperson said the company already considered putting a Hemi in the vehicle, but it was deemed impossible. Earlier this week, Chrysler unveiled the 2007 Dodge Nitro, with 210- and 255-horsepower engines.

    http://www.leftlanenews.com/2006/02/10/2007-dodge-nitro-srt-possible-but-v8-unli- kely/
  • Anybody got an idea at the starting price????
  • Probably in line with the Jeep Liberty with the 4.0 litre R/T being similar to the Liberty Limited CRD. :)
  • joestatixjoestatix Posts: 11
    Supposedly its supposed to have a 3000lb towing cpacity on the rt with that 255hp (they could've done better0 the calibur srt4 is 300. But I need the versatility of an SUV but I dont want to get in the large SUV segment
  • Below are the towing capacities for the different configurations. I should think that 3,500 (certainly 5,000) pound capacity should be more than adequate. ;)

    Towing Capacities, lbs. (kg)3.7L Gasoline Engine, Manual Transmission
    2,000 (907)

    3.7L Gasoline Engine, Manual Transmission w/Trailer Tow Package
    3,500 (1588)

    3.7L and 4.0L Gasoline Engine, Automatic Transmission
    2,000 (907)

    3.7L and 4.0L Gasoline Engine, Automatic Transmission w/Trailer Tow Package
    5,000 (2268)
  • Just wondering where you saw anything about a 300hp Caliber. The following information on the Caliber is pasted from the Dodge web site:

    Caliber (2007)
    << back to Caliber (2007) homepage
    SE
    SXT
    R/T AWD

    1.8L World Engine
    5-Speed Manual Transaxle 148 hp
    28 city / 32 hwy* 148 hp
    28 city / 32 hwy* -
    2.0L World Engine
    Continuously Variable Transaxle 158 hp
    26 city / 30hwy* 158 hp
    26 city / 30hwy* -
    2.4L World Engine
    Continuously Variable Transaxle - - 172 hp
    23 city / 26 hwy*

    * 2007 EPA estimated miles per gallon, actual mileage may vary with driving conditions.
  • navigator89navigator89 Posts: 1,080
    Didn't you hear, the Caliber SRT-4 will have 300hp?
  • Are you serious? They must plan to put one heck of a turbo on that little booger!
  • samminsammin Posts: 39
    I saw the new Nitro&#146;s at the NY Auto Show this past weekend.

    They had a base model Nitro in black on the show floor, doors locked----VERY UNIMPRESSIVE, and very cheap seeming with lots of different color plastic on the outside and small chubby wheels, looked like an oversized toy truck.

    However, downstairs with the other trucks, they had the Dodge Nitro R/T, in Inferno Red, with stock 20&#148; polished aluminum wheels. They had it up on the rotating platform with the pre-requisite pretty girl giving her talk with the doors and hatch wide open.

    The wheels may be a little to bling&#146;ed out for some folks, and quite honestly it is hard to believe they will be the stock rims, but it is true. Another big plus is the reclining rear seats with drop down headliner DVD entertainment system for the lucky folks in the back. The Nitro will also feature a regular two prong outlet to recharge the cell phone, iPod etc. Factory remote start and Uconnect. Forward and rear leg room looked good, and head room should not be a problem either. Rear hatch opens to a large storage area with a slide out 400lb capacity loading dock. The dock slides out only 18&#148; though.

    Fully loaded R/T with a new 4.0L 255HP engine with Nav, DVD Entertainment and Leather expected to be around $30,000.

    I will definitely be considering trading my 2001 Ford Escape on a new Nitro R/T in Red or Silver this Fall. They are expected to hit show rooms in Oct-Nov
  • driverdmdriverdm Posts: 505
    I had hopes for the Nitro. I too saw it at the autoshow. The one on the pedestal, you could see where they were going with the outside real well. The on on the floor, you could see what the interior was like.

    The Nitro, quickly fell completely off my shopping list. The baseline model was "unimpressive" indeed. The interior looked horrible. I can never afford top line models, so the mid to base are very important to me. The interior looked really cheap and rigid.

    For my money the best CUVs were the new Sante Fe and the Mazda CX-7. The Nitro seemed to have a lot of room. I think the market will become fragmented, where people who want sport buy the CX-7, people who want balance will grab the Santa Fe or the Edge which was really nice inside and out, and for those who want a more rugid look, they'll opt for the Nitro.
  • Plastics and composites included in one of today's motor vehicles? OH MY GOSH! MERCY ME!! Whatever is the world coming to??? :mad:
  • I'm not sure if you're getting paid by Mazda and whoever makes the "Sante Fe" and/or "Edge"(whatever they are) to bash the Nitro, but you're putting forth a feeble effort. I'll gladly put the design, engineering and quality of (any) Dodge up against your pick of the afore-mentioned. Get back with me in 10 years and we'll compare notes on who has had the better luck.

    (And the word is spelled "r-u-g-g-e-d" - as in "Ram Tough".) :P
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