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Dodge Nitro



  • 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
    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
  • driverdmdriverdm Posts: 505
    Are you serious?? Did you see it or are you just talking from what you saw in pictures. I am not the only one that thought the one on the floor looked very poor.

    The Mazda design is sporty, period. The Edge is kinda of flashy. The Nitro is rugged. What is wrong with my descriptions. It's called market fragmentation. Everybody wants something different.

    I qouldn't put the interior quality of Dodge up against Mazda's. Come on now, there jokes aren't funny. :P
  • "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder", as the saying goes. ;)
  • abraxas23abraxas23 Posts: 2
    Since this is off the Libery platform does anyone know if the CRD is going to ever be an option? I have only heard good things about the diesel.
  • jimc16jimc16 Posts: 21
    Wouldn't it be nice if they came out with an adult version of the Nitro SRT, possibly under the Chrysler brand. It would have the same general look outside as the Nitro, but a more refined interior, tan leather and wood. The ride would be better without sacrificing much in handling (18" wheels with 20's as an option for those that want them). As long as we are wishing, reduce the weight by 200-300 pounds, and an IRS would be nice.
  • grutzagrutza Posts: 52
    Does anyone have any information on when the Nitro is expected to be released?

    Also has anyone noticed that the build and price feature has been removed from the website.
  • The CRD currently offered in the Liberty (built by VM Motori in Italy) is being discontinued in 2007 as it can not meet the new U.S. emissions standards. (Durn shame since it is one running little booger.) The 2007 Grand Cherokee is going to be available with a Mercedes diesel, so I'd imagine that the 2008 Liberty and (maybe) 2008 Nitro will follow suit. ;)
  • I think that they've already announced that it should hit showrooms in October. :)
  • aljodoroaljodoro Posts: 5
    I agree about the adult aspect. Make the 4 liter available with an adult interior, 18 wheels, driver adjustable suspension and six speeds automatic. By adult interior I would be happy with leather, quality materials and no embroidery of the model name on the seat. Why car manufacturers need to embroider the name or model on the seat is beyond me. It must be paying homage to trailer designers.

    The 18&#148; wheels are much more practical wheels (actually 16&#148; are even more practical for all around use). The adjustable suspension would appeal to varying use. The six speeds would be wonderful if first was low and could be locked out for normal driving. and sixth gear was an overdrive. Keep the rear end at 3.73 and above. Don&#146;t care about the dealer. IRS would be wonderful but that may be asking for to much. Finally while I am at it lets just get rid of the strut suspension. Come to think of it why not just bring back the Cherokee or the XJ with the new four liter and bigger brakes. Maybe stretch them 4 inches or more depending on the model
  • tropnevadtropnevad Posts: 18
    I really like the Nitro however it is underpowered and I would need the R/T version. I was shocked when I saw how ugly the seats were. Dodge, if you you're reading this offer leather and your sales will improve. I would be embarrassed to have anyone ride in those red R/T seats.
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