2008 Dodge Dakota Redesign

sunburnsunburn Member Posts: 319
edited March 2014 in Dodge
I saw today in the Detroit News that the Dakota will get redesigned in 2008 to look less like the Ram. Cosmetically, a new front end design and an interior redo. The best part of all is a significant power increase in the 4.7L. It will now put out 290 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque.


  • blackdakblackdak Member Posts: 1
    Good and Good. Exterior really needs work; that front bumper is really ugly. Those 4.7 numbers look very healthy. I'm a little jealous having the old 235/295. I'm assuming this is the HO version that got some extra goodies.

    Diesel option??? Maybe in 2009 or 2010?
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJMember Posts: 3,516
    The upcoming Cummins V-6 diesel would be the perfect engine for the Dakota... you wouldn't even worry about the 4.7L HO, let alone a Hemi. Would make the Dak the perfect RV/tower for a couple or small family.
  • sunburnsunburn Member Posts: 319
    Dodge Reveals New 2008 Dakota

    Restyled Dodge Dakota offers more power combined with bold styling, versatility and capability

    • New 4.7-liter V-8 engine with 290 horsepower (25 percent increase) and 320 lb.-ft. of torque (10 percent increase), with better fuel economy and increased refinement – the only V-8 option available in the segment
    • First-for-the-segment standard remote starter
    • All-new exterior in Extended Cab and Crew Cab body styles
    • New interior features greatest space of any mid-size truck, with 30 cubic feet of interior space in Extended Cab models; 37.1 cubic feet for Crew Cab
    • The largest and longest standard cargo bed in its class: 6-foot-6-inches in the Extended Cab
    • Best-in-class towing capability of up to 7,050 pounds
    • New features include built-in cargo-box utility rails, heated bench seats, under-seat storage system

    Chicago – Feb. 7, 2006 – Chrysler Group today unveiled the new 2008 Dodge Dakota mid-size truck with a new engine that not only offers 25 percent more horsepower and 10 percent more torque, but also better fuel economy and increased refinement. The 2008 Dodge Dakota also features new exterior and interior styling, and many best-in-class capabilities. The new truck arrives in dealerships in August.

    New for 2008 are striking exterior and interior enhancements that bear signature Dodge styling cues while creating a new persona for Dakota.

    "The new 2008 Dodge Dakota was redesigned to broaden its appeal to younger customers with active lifestyles," said Tom Loveless, Director – Dodge Marketing and Global Communications. "Dodge Dakota will attract 25- to 35-year-old individuals who need a vehicle to meet a variety of needs. Depending on an owners' lifestyle, the 2008 Dodge Dakota may be equipped for work or play, but every Dakota is equipped with capability and versatility."

    Powertrain selections
    Dodge trucks have always earned a reputation as bold, powerful and capable. The powerful and capable parts of the equation in the 2008 Dodge Dakota begin with powertrain choices, which include a new V-8 engine -- the only V-8 option available in the mid-size pickup segment.

    The new 4.7-liter V-8 offers better fuel economy, power and torque than the previous 4.7-liter High Output engine, while at the same time delivering improvements in refinement. The new 4.7-liter V-8 incorporates two spark plugs per cylinder (the only Chrysler Group engine to do so, other than the 5.7-liter HEMI®), increased compression ratio, improved cylinder-head port flow and a new combustion system. The result is 290 horsepower, a 25 percent increase; and 320 lb.-ft. of torque, a 10 percent increase. The new engine is also capable of operating on E85 ethanol fuel, making the Dodge Dakota equipped with this engine a Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV).

    Refinement improvements in the new 4.7-liter V-8 result from significant revisions to the induction system, a lightweight piston/rod assembly and reduced accessory drive noise through lower accessory drive speed. Engine smoothness at idle is enhanced with a new valve-lash adjuster system. The new 4.7-liter V-8 is also equipped with Electronic Throttle Control.

    The new 2008 Dodge Dakota comes standard with a 3.7-liter Magnum® V-6 engine producing 210 horsepower and 235 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine also comes with Electronic Throttle Control for positive throttle response, and exhaust gas recirculation to help lower emissions.

    A first-for-the-segment remote starter for more convenience is standard on both the 3.7-liter and 4.7-liter engines in the 2008 Dodge Dakota.

    The new 2008 Dodge Dakota's powerplants are backed up by a choice of a six-speed manual transmission, standard on all V-6 equipped 2008 Dodge Dakota models except Laramie; a four-speed automatic with overdrive available with Dakota's V-6 engine; and a five-speed automatic available on V-8-equipped models.

    For more capability when traction is at a premium, the new 2008 Dodge Dakota may be equipped with a transfer case featuring two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive with locked high and low ranges, or an available transfer case with full-time four-wheel drive as well as selections for locked high and low ranges. The 2007 Dodge Dakota is the only pickup in its segment to offer full-time four-wheel drive.

    New look, more model choices
    In addition to powerful and capable, Dodge trucks are also known as bold.

    For that part of the equation, the 2008 Dodge Dakota's exterior includes a newly styled hood, grille, front fascia, rear spoiler, fenders and headlamps. The front end has been designed to improve aerodynamics and features better fit and gap management. The hood surface was designed to signify power and further amplify the drop-fendered, signature look for Dodge trucks. With these styling enhancements, the "face" of the 2008 Dodge Dakota is better aligned with the rest of the Dodge truck lineup.

    Like the Dodge Nitro, headlamps are rectangular units primarily for a contemporary appearance, but also to maximize the surface area for better forward lighting. Reflectors are deep-set behind each lense to achieve a serious demeanor.

    All-new fascias better integrate with the restyled grille and incorporate fog lamps. The 2008 Dodge Dakota's tailgate includes a new spoiler that helps smooth air flow over the rear of the truck to improve fuel economy, and the top surface of the cargo box has a new protective surface.

    "The Dodge truck DNA is well-understood in the marketplace. We are creators of trucks with a distinct flair for style and no compromise in function," said Ralph Gilles, Vice President – Jeep®/Truck and Color and Trim Studios, and Specialty Vehicles, Chrysler Group Design. "We restyled the 2008 Dodge Dakota to reflect that DNA in a package that presents the Dakota as both a sporty lifestyle vehicle and a work truck."

    For 2008, the Dodge Dakota will again be offered in two body styles – Extended Cab and Crew Cab – and six trim levels: ST, SXT, SLT, TRX4, Sport and Laramie.

    Interior loaded with form and function
    The new 2008 Dodge Dakota's interior includes a new instrument panel, center console and accent finishes, and several new interior storage choices.

    "The interior is designed to provide an ergonomically friendly cockpit with improved comfort, utility and thoughtful storage amenities to complement a variety of lifestyles," said Gilles.

    The 2008 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab's available Full Swing™ rear access doors open nearly 170 degrees – unique in the segment -- to an interior with class-leading room and seating for five. With rear seats folded, up to 30 cubic feet of storage space is available. A total of six storage hooks are located on the Extended Cab's rear interior panel.

    Separately, the 2008 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab offers best-in-class room – 37.1 cubic feet -- and seating for up to six. With rear seats folded, a new under-seat storage system, a first for Dodge Da
  • dustykdustyk Member Posts: 2,926
    In addition to what is described above, the 4.7 2008 is a significantly different motor. The engine block will be the same as well as the crankshaft, but there will be new pistons and rods.

    The top part of the motor, however, is completely changed. New cylinder head design makes the combustion chamber shape more hemispherical than polyspherical as well as being three valves per cylinder. The induction system is completely redesigned. The coil-on-plug system will be gone and a two-plug-per-cylinder system with cross firing plugs (as in the current Hemi) will be incorporated.

    Noise will be reduced by approximately 3 db. The engine is also said to contain less vibration.

  • mtrialsmmtrialsm Member Posts: 159
    I still own my 2001 purchased new, now with 85k miles.
    I've been totally pleased with my Quad cab.
    What I've seen on the Dodge site might sway me to buy a new '08. I'll have to see them in person first.
    Main thing looks like the front seats will be more comfortable, new design looks better than '07.
    Improvements to the already great 4.7 sounds good.
    Maybe in 6 months I'll decide?
    Anyone else still own their 2001 Quad?
  • campymancampyman Member Posts: 13
    I have a 2001 quad AWD, slt, leather and i think its the perfect truck, I absolutly love mine!!!
  • sunburnsunburn Member Posts: 319
    I was looking on the Dodge website at the 08 Dakota. I noticed that the payload rating for a 4x4 QC is only 1100 lbs. My 02 QC 4x4 is 1300-1400 lbs. That's pretty useless.
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