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post #1 of 205 (permalink) Old 03-08-2006, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Dodge launches 2007 Dodge Nitro

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Dodge officially unveiled the new Nitro today in Chicago, and Autoblogger-on-the-spot John Neff sent us a raft of photos and specs on the new, mid-sized SUV. (That's the R/T model shown above.)

Dodge continued its Chicago trend of unveiling innovative storage and packaging solutions (see the Rampage concept truck post) with an easy-loading roll-out storage area floor behind the Nitro's rear seats.

With a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 lb, and a choice of a 210 hp 3.7-liter V6 or the R/T model's 255 hp 4-liter V6, the Nitro looks like a promising contender. Export versions of the Nitro will have diesel power available in 2007.
Full Specs listed in post 2, lots more pictures after the jump here:

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Re: Dodge launches 2007 Dodge Nitro

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DODGE TO IGNITE MID-SIZE SUV MARKET:
INTRODUCES ALL-NEW 2007 DODGE NITRO

• First Mid-Size SUV for Dodge
• Distinctive Style, Sporty Performance and Cargo Flexibility
• Offers Full-Size Capability in a Mid-Size SUV

The Dodge brand — which is no stranger to creating innovative automotive products and features — is spicing up the mid-size SUV segment with the 2007 Dodge Nitro, a new sport-utility vehicle whose bold and aggressive styling matches its dynamic performance.

“The Dodge Nitro’s styling delivers something extra; that little something mid-size buyers are still searching for — attitude,” said George Murphy, Senior Vice President – Global Marketing. “In addition, the Dodge Nitro offers many features that are not typical of a mid-size SUV, such as two V-6 engines, 20-inch tires and chrome-clad aluminum wheels and a performance suspension.”

The 2007 Dodge Nitro is the first mid-size sport-utility vehicle for Dodge and complements the brand’s current lineup of cars, minivans, trucks, commercial vehicles and a full-size SUV.

“Being the first mid-size SUV for the brand, Dodge Nitro had to personify the bold, powerful and street-smart attitude of Dodge,” said Murphy. “In a world of mostly bland SUVs, the 2007 Dodge Nitro has the design, engineering and performance to inspire consumers and ignite the mid-size SUV market.”

Three models are available: Dodge Nitro, Dodge Nitro SLT and Dodge Nitro R/T. Available on the Dodge Nitro and Dodge Nitro SLT is a 3.7-liter SOHC V-6 engine. It produces 210 hp (157 kW) @ 5,200 rpm and 235 lb.-ft. (319 N•m) @ 4,000 rpm. The Dodge Nitro R/T features a new 4.0-liter V-6 engine that delivers 255 hp (190 kW) @ 5,800 rpm and 275 lb.-ft. torque (360 N•m) @ 4,000 rpm. Standard on the Dodge Nitro R/T and optional on the Nitro SLT is a new performance suspension and 20-inch tires and chrome-clad aluminum wheels, providing performance-oriented drivers with fun-to-drive handling and a firm ride.

Three transmissions — one manual and two automatic — will be offered. The Dodge Nitro comes with a standard six-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic. The Dodge Nitro SLT has a standard four-speed automatic. The Dodge Nitro R/T has a standard five-speed automatic. All U.S. models offer 4x2 and 4x4 capability. The new mid-size SUV boasts excellent acceleration, braking, handling and towing capacity of 5,000 lbs. when properly equipped.

Standard on the Dodge Nitro SLT and Dodge Nitro R/T is a new Chrysler Group feature, the LOAD ’N GO™ cargo floor that slides 18 inches rearward for easy and convenient loading and unloading of packages, and can hold up to 400 pounds. It is made of a heavy-duty plastic for easy cleaning. A compact utility table is an available option on the Dodge Nitro model.

The Dodge Nitro also includes many standard safety features, including Electronic Stability Program, Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Roll Mitigation and side-curtain airbags.

Available options include a DVD-based navigation system with traffic data update, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, AM/FM/6-disc/DVD/MP3 audio with premium speakers with a subwoofer, remote start, UConnect, and Sirius Satellite Radio.

“With its performance-oriented 4.0-liter engine and LOAD ’N GO cargo floor, the Dodge Nitro continues the brand’s history of creating new and game-changing products and features,” said Murphy.

There was the 1992 Dodge Viper, for example. The outrageously sculpted and brutishly powerful sports car turned heads, palpitated hearts and became the icon of the brand.

In 1994 the big-rig design of the Dodge Ram pickup truck instantly made every other pickup truck in its class boring.

And the Stow ’n Go® seating system, introduced in the 2005 model year Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans, reasserted Chrysler Group’s leadership position in that market.

“Just like those innovations, the 2007 Dodge Nitro will reinvigorate its segment, the mid-size sport-utility market,” said Murphy.

Chrysler Group previously announced that the Dodge brand will expand to Europe and volume markets overseas, and the Dodge Nitro will be part of that expansion. The vehicle will be available in markets outside North America, in both left- and right-hand drive, by the first quarter of 2007.

The 2007 Dodge Nitro will be built at the Toledo (Ohio) North Assembly Plant alongside the Jeep® Liberty. Dodge Nitro will arrive in U.S. dealerships later in 2006 as a 2007 model year vehicle.

With a U.S. market share of 6.9 percent, Dodge is the fifth-largest nameplate in the United States and the eighth-largest nameplate in the automotive industry. In 2004, Dodge sold more than 1.4 million vehicles in the global market. Dodge continues to lead the minivan market segment with a 20 percent market share in the United States. In the truck market, Dodge has an 18 percent market share. In the car market, Dodge has a 4.5 percent market share. The Dodge brand will arrive in Europe and other volume markets outside of North America starting in 2006.

2007 DODGE NITRO:
DESIGNED TO IGNITE THE MID-SIZE SUV SEGMENT

• Design is Unlike Any Mid-Size SUV on the Road Today
• Functional and Flexible for People and Cargo
• Three Models — Dodge Nitro, Dodge Nitro SLT, Dodge Nitro R/T

When it came to creating the first Dodge mid-size sport-utility vehicle, Dodge designers wanted to do more than capture the spirit of the Dodge brand — they wanted to ignite the mid-size SUV segment.

They accomplished the first part of their mission by creating the all-new 2007 Dodge Nitro, an SUV with a bold, powerful, street-smart exterior design and functional and spacious interior. It’s the kind of Dodge-to-the-core design that makes part two of the mission — firing up the mid-size SUV market — just a matter of time.

“The Dodge Nitro’s bold styling and aggressive stance is what makes the vehicle stand out in a crowd,” said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Chrysler Group Design. “The Nitro’s design characteristics are unlike those of any mid-size SUV on the road today, making it attractive to customers seeking distinctive style, sporty performance and cargo flexibility.”

The new SUV is based on the Dodge Nitro concept unveiled at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show and will be available in three models — Dodge Nitro, Dodge Nitro SLT and Dodge Nitro R/T.

EXTERIOR DESIGN

To achieve a distinctive, bold overall appearance unlike anything in its segment, Nitro designers introduced design elements and themes that were strong and confident. These characteristics proportion the vehicle like no other in its class — the result is the unmistakable Dodge Nitro with its purposeful, capable and assertive stance.

Intrinsic to every Dodge vehicle is the bold crosshair grille. It is just one of the many design elements that define the cool persona and tough attitude of Dodge Nitro. Body color on the Dodge Nitro R/T and chrome on the Dodge Nitro and Dodge Nitro SLT, the grille is emblazoned with a hefty three-dimensional ram’s head. Jewel-like rectangular headlamps that prominently wrap the corners of the vehicle and a clamshell hood with strong character lines complete the front-end.

The side of the vehicle features a deep-body section and high beltline which add to the vehicle’s confident appearance. Chrome vents positioned on each front fender add to the vehicle’s modern design and contemporary flair. The short front and rear overhangs, not typical of a mid-size SUV, contribute to the vehicle’s forceful expression. The wheels, pushed to the corners to further convey Nitro’s confident stance, are surrounded by bold, powerful-looking wheel arches. Standard on the Dodge Nitro R/T and optional on the Dodge Nitro SLT are 20-inch tires and chrome-clad aluminum wheels.

The side-view mirrors are designed to reflect the personality of the vehicle. They were developed in the Chrysler Group wind tunnel in Auburn Hills, Mich., in conjunction with the form of the A-pillar. The result is an aerodynamically efficient design that minimizes wind noise, helping to create a quieter cabin.

The vehicle’s door handles have a solid, strong feel and are easy to grip, even with a gloved hand. In the center of the door handle is a deep, horizontal groove, a design cue that is repeated inside on the map pocket, door panels and instrument panel.

Dodge designers chose to black-out the C-pillar of the vehicle which makes the second-row and rear-windows appear more horizontal, amplifying the vehicle’s sporty nature.

The rear of the vehicle, consistent and balanced with the overall design, features beveled taillamps and a lighted license visor.

The Dodge Nitro is designed to help expand the Dodge brand’s presence in markets outside North America. The front fascia, headlamps, rear fascia and taillamps are designed to meet international requirements.

INTERIOR DESIGN

The interior of the five-passenger Dodge Nitro is spacious, functional and flexible for people and cargo. The headliner is shrink-wrapped to allow maximum headroom and there is plenty of leg room for first- and second-row passengers.

A three-pod, four-gauge instrument cluster is designed for right- or left-hand drive. The chunky steering wheel gives the driver a perception and feeling of a bigger vehicle.

Brushed silver accents appear on the door handles, center 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 center console. The gear shifter and control buttons are substantial in size and bold by design.

Storage space is maximized throughout the vehicle. The center 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 center 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. Two cup-holders are located in the first and second rows of the vehicle.

The Dodge Nitro features a new seat structure which is firm and robust, perfect for long road trips. A choice of vinyl or cloth seats is also available on the Dodge Nitro model. Leather seats are available on 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 Chrysler Group’s customers three key benefits: repelling stains, controlling odor and reducing static electricity. The fabric technology is designed to withstand endless cleanings — even repeatedly in the same location — and will not rub off or change the texture or comfort of the seats or surfaces during ownership of the vehicle. The upholstery also controls bacteria-based odors inside the vehicle.

The Dodge Nitro has 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 GO™ 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 model is a reversible load floor, and a compact utility table is optional.

The Dodge 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.

THE ALL-NEW 2007 DODGE NITRO:
ENGINEERED FOR PERFORMANCE, POWER AND HANDLING

• Two V-6 Engine Offerings — 4.0-Liter and 3.7-Liter
• All-New Independent Front, Five-Link Rear, and Performance Suspensions
• Excellent Acceleration, Braking, Handling and Towing

In a world of mostly bland SUVs, the 2007 Dodge Nitro has the engineering and performance needed to ignite the mid-size SUV market. The new mid-size SUV boasts excellent acceleration, braking, handling and towing (5,000 lbs.).

There are three models — Dodge Nitro, Dodge Nitro SLT and Dodge Nitro R/T. Three transmissions — one manual and two automatic — will be offered. The Dodge Nitro comes with a standard six-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic. The Dodge Nitro SLT has a standard four-speed automatic. The Dodge Nitro R/T has a standard five-speed automatic. All three U.S. models offer 4x2 and 4x4 capability. And, for those looking for sportier handling, a new performance suspension is standard on the Dodge Nitro R/T and is an available option on the Nitro SLT.

“The Dodge Nitro R/T with the 4.0-liter SOHC V-6 engine, performance suspension and 20-inch tires and wheels redefines the mid-size SUV driving experience,” said Craig Love, Vice President – Rear-wheel-drive Product Team and RWD Core Team Leader. “Whether customers are looking for sporty performance or dynamic ride and handling, the all-new 2007 Dodge Nitro delivers.”

TWO POWER-PACKED ENGINES

4.0-LITER SOHC V-6

The performance-oriented 4.0-liter SOHC V-6 engine is designed to provide the power and torque required to make the Dodge Nitro a leader in the mid-size SUV segment. The 4.0-liter SOHC V-6 engine delivers 255 hp (190 kW) @ 5,800 rpm and 275 lb.-ft. torque (360 N•m) @ 4,000 rpm. It is an enhanced version of the 3.5-liter engine used in prior Chrysler Group vehicles. The engine provides more power and torque than the prior 3.5-liter with emphasis on low- and mid-range operation to meet the needs of the day-to-day driver. It also incorporates a number of refinement features to make it one of the quietest engines of its size in the market.

The 4.0-liter engine is standard on the Dodge Nitro R/T model.

3.7-LITER SOHC V-6

The 3.7-liter SOHC V-6 engine provides the 2007 Dodge Nitro with a standard engine that is efficient, durable and smooth. It produces 210 hp (157 kW) @ 5,200 rpm and 235 lb.-ft. (319 N•m) @ 4,000 rpm. Refinements in the valve train and combustion chamber, working together as a system, enhance low-speed torque while providing a smooth idle and minimal engine noise. A sophisticated Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) system tailors throttle response to pedal movement based on operating conditions, and maintains a consistent vehicle speed on rolling grades when cruise control is active.

The 3.7-liter V-6 is standard on the Dodge Nitro and Dodge Nitro SLT models.

For key diesel markets outside North America, the Dodge Nitro will be offered with a diesel engine in 2007.

ALL-NEW SUSPENSION SYSTEM DELIVERS SPORTY PERFORMANCE AND DYNAMIC HANDLING

The Dodge Nitro features an all-new independent front suspension and an all-new five-link rear suspension. The independent front suspension gives the driver an optimum combination of ride, handling and steering, providing a greater sense of control and precision. The solid five-link rear suspension, including upper and lower trailing links and track bar, provides higher lateral stiffness for vehicle responsiveness and outstanding handling. Ample suspension wheel travel is provided to maintain consistent ride quality, especially when the vehicle is loaded or towing a trailer.

Performance-oriented drivers will want the new performance suspension offered on the Dodge Nitro R/T and SLT models. Here the emphasis is on responsive, fun-to-drive handling accompanied by a firm ride. This system features a revised sway bar, springs, shocks, bushings and 20-inch tires and wheels for improved cornering and increased traction.

Effort, feel and response on the Nitro’s rack-and-pinion steering system is tuned to give the driver precise control and positive feedback from the steering force exerted by the tires. The steering linkage design allows for a tighter turning circle.

TRANSMISSIONS OFFER QUIETNESS AND HIGH QUALITY

Three transmissions are offered on the Dodge Nitro: a six-speed manual transmission, a four-speed automatic and a five-speed automatic.

The six-speed manual transmission is standard on the Dodge Nitro 4x2 and 4x4 models with the 3.7-liter V-6 engine. It provides optimal shift quality, improved quietness and high quality. For smooth operation, first and second gears have triple-cone synchronization, the third and fourth gears feature double-cone and the fifth and sixth gears single-cone synchronization. Hard-finished gears allow for quiet operation. A multi-rail, steel-construction shift system delivers high strength and precision. The two-piece aluminum case with integrated clutch housing assures powertrain stiffness and low weight. The new first-gear ratios combined with six-speed step spread allows optimization of axle ratios for fuel economy and performance.

Transmission ratios for the six-speed manual are:

1st 4.46 4th 1.25 Reverse 4.06
2nd 2.61 5th 1.0
3rd 1.72 6th 0.84

The four-speed automatic transmission is optional on the Dodge Nitro and standard on the Dodge Nitro SLT. Line pressure within the transmission is based on demand for improved fuel efficiency.

Transmission ratios for the four-speed automatic are:

1st 2.84 3rd 1.0 Reverse 2.21
2nd 1.57 4th 0.69

The five-speed automatic transmission is mated to the 4.0-liter V-6 engine. The five-speed transmission features Electronic Range Select (ERS) driver interactive shift control. The shifter provides fully-automated shifting when in the Drive position, or the driver can manually select each gear by simply moving the shifter left and right from the Drive position. This gives the driver control to precisely match any on-road driving requirement.

Transmission ratios for the five-speed automatic are:

1st 3.59 3rd 1.41 5th 0.83
2nd 2.19 4th 1.0 Reverse 3.16

PART-TIME AND FULL-TIME FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE SYSTEMS

The Dodge Nitro 4x4 features a standard part-time four-wheel drive system with the manual transmission and a full-time all-wheel drive system with automatic transmissions.

Two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive modes are electronically controlled by a switch in the center console which can be selected at any time with the part-time four-wheel drive system. The full-time all-wheel drive system does not have a 2WD mode and has no console switch.

EXCELLENT BRAKING CAPABILITY

Four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes are standard on the Dodge Nitro. The vehicle’s larger rotors contribute to its excellent stopping and handling capability. Front rotors have inverted hat construction (vent openings are on the outboard side of the rotor) to improve cooling compared to conventional inboard venting. This also helps to minimize high-temperature deformation for long-term smooth operation.

A Brake Traction Control System (BTCS) is standard on the Dodge Nitro. BTCS transfers torque from one wheel to another on the same axle when wheel slip conditions are detected.

Also standard on the Dodge Nitro is the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) which aids the driver in maintaining vehicle directional stability in severe driving maneuvers on any type of surface. Using signals from sensors throughout the vehicle, ESP determines the appropriate brake and throttle adjustments for directional stability of the vehicle.

The Dodge Nitro also includes many standard safety features, including Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Roll Mitigation and side-curtain airbags.

The 2007 Dodge Nitro will be produced at the Toledo (Ohio) North Assembly Plant.
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2007 Dodge Nitro Midsize SUV
Available: October 2006


What Edmunds.com Says:The good looking Nitro leaves the dirt to the import SUVs and focuses on the street, a smart move that should pay off.

What We Know: Dodge calls the 2007 Nitro its first midsize SUV, but when you look at the numbers they don't add up: a 5,000-pound maximum towing capacity, just over 65 cubic feet of maximum cargo and a base V6 with only 210 horsepower. Those aren't midsize numbers. The fact is the Nitro isn't a midsize, it's a compact SUV. Dodge probably thinks "compact" sounds too feminine for an SUV geared to attract more men than women so it's sticking with midsize. The company needn't worry, the Nitro's styling and hardware speak for itself. Although it's built on the same platform as the Jeep Liberty, the Nitro was engineered primarily for street use. Four-wheel drive will be an option, but there's no low-range gearing or big off-road tires. In fact, the top-of-the-line R/T model comes standard with 20-inch wheels and low-profile 50-series tires. They're part of the R/T's standard performance-suspension package, which includes revised springs, shocks, bushings and sway bars. Like the Liberty, the Nitro uses a solid-axle-rear/independent-front suspension configuration, but the Nitro's rack and pinion steering was tuned for quicker response and better road feel. The Nitro offers two solid V6s. Base and SLT models get a 3.7-liter with 210 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque, while the R/T gets a 4.0-liter six with 255 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. There are three transmissions: a six-speed manual which comes standard in the base model, a four-speed automatic (standard in the midlevel SLT and optional in the base Nitro), and a five-speed automatic which only comes with the R/T's 4.0-liter V6. On base models equipped with the manual, choosing four-wheel drive means an electronically controlled part-time system while all automatics use a full-time four-wheel-drive system that splits power 40/60 front-to-rear. At 178 inches, the Nitro is about 4 inches longer than the Jeep Liberty and 10 inches shorter than Chevrolet's Equinox. Rear legroom in the Nitro is slightly better than the Liberty, but still falls short of the Chevy by a couple of inches. A new Load and Go system — standard on SLT and R/T models — slides in and out of the cargo area for easier loading of the 32 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. The Nitro will offer premium features like a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, remote start, DVD navigation and a premium sound system. Standard safety equipment includes electronic stability control, side curtain airbags and electronic roll mitigation.
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Exclamation 2007/2011 Dodge Nitro features and options

**** 2008 Nitro - What's New ****

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EXTERIOR

• Body color fascia, flares and body side molding (SXT C Package)
• Dodge Nitro is available in three new colors: Brilliant Black Pearl Coat, Light Graystone Pearl Coat, Modern Blue Clear Coat
• Two-tone seats with a choice of Inferno Red, Electric Blue or Sunburst Orange seat inserts on R/T model

SAFETY AND SECURITY

• Trailer Sway Control System
• ParkSense Rear Park Assist System


2008 Nitro Packages

Safety/Convenience Group — Includes Daytime Running Lamps, full-size spare tire, speed control, luxury front and rear floor mats, LOAD ’N GO and Smoker’s Group

SXT Appearance Group — Includes body-color fascias, fender flares and bodyside molding

Convenience Group — Includes remote start system, Premium Sound System, UConnect,® and ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System

Popular Equipment Group — Includes speed control, deep-tint sunscreen glass, sun visors and illuminated vanity mirrors, temperature and compass gauge, and fog lamps

Premium Sound Group — Includes Premium Sound System, AM/FM stereo radio with integrated six-disc CD/DVD changer and MP3 capability and auxiliary input jack

Travel Convenience Group — Includes Trailer Tow Group and Security Alarm

Rear DVD with 8-inch screen


Exterior Colors:

Inferno Red Crystal Pearl
Bright Silver Metallic
Electric Blue Pearl
Stone White
Sunburst Orange Pearl
Light Sandstone Pearl (NEW, replaces Light Khaki Metallic, not available on R/T)
Modern Blue Pearl (NEW)
Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl (NEW, replaces Black)

Interior Colors:

Available on Nitro SXT:
Everest II/Wallace II Cloth Slate Gray Two-Tone
Everest II/Wallace II Cloth Khaki Two-Tone

Available on Nitro SLT “F”:
Astor and Racine Cloth with YES Essentials® Slate Gray Two-Tone
Astor and Racine Cloth with YES Essentials® Khaki Two-Tone

Available on Nitro SLT “G”:
Royale Radar Leather Trim/Sutton Vinyl Slate Gray Two-Tone
Royale Radar Leather Trim/Sutton Vinyl Khaki Two-Tone

Available on Nitro R/T:
Alias/Wallace II Cloth Red/Dark Slate Gray Two-Tone
Alias/Wallace II Cloth Blue/Dark Slate Gray Two-Tone
Alias/Wallace II Cloth Orange/Dark Slate Gray Two-Tone
Royale Radar Leather Trim/Sutton Vinyl Dark Slate Gray Monoton


--Compiled for Dodge-Nitro.com by ResumeSpeed--





**** 2007 Nitro ****

Chrysler made more than 113,000 Dodge Nitros in 2007


2007 Nitro Features, Options and Package Groups (PDF, 5-pages)


2007 Dodge Nitro - Detailed list of features and options:

Exterior Colors
Black
Bright Silver Metallic
Electric Blue Pearl
Inferno Red Crystal Pearl
Light Khaki Metallic (n/a R/T)
Stone White
Sunburst Orange Pearl

Interior Colors
Khaki (SXT & SLT)
Slate Gray (SXT, SLT & R/T)
Slate Gray with Red Insert (R/T)

Engine / Transmission
3.7L Magnum® V6 6-speed manual NSG370 (SXT only)
3.7L Magnum V6 4-speed automatic VLP (SXT & SLT)
4.0L SOHC V6 5-speed automatic (R/T only)
Air Bags— Advanced multistage driver and front-passenger air bags with Occupant Classification System
— Supplemental side-curtain air bags with roll sensing technology offer additional protection to front and rear outboard occupants in the event of a collision
Air Conditioning — Manual
Axle — Front, 30/186 millimeter/4x4 models
Axle Ratio
— 3.21:1 (requires 6-speed manual transmission)
— 3.55:1 (included with 4.0L V6 SOHC)
— 3.73:1 (included with 4-speed automatic)
Battery — 600-amp maintenance-free with Battery-Saver Feature
Brake-Park Interlock — Cannot shift out of Park unless brake pedal is applied (automatic transmission)
Brakes — 4-wheel disc antilock (ABS)
Child Seat Anchor System (LATCH) — Lower child seat anchors and upper tether anchors help ease the installation of compatible aftermarket child seats
Clutch-Starter Interlock — Cannot start engine unless clutch pedal is applied or transfer case is in 4LO (manual transmission)
Console
— Overhead with courtesy lamps
— Full-length floor console includes removable cup holders, padded armrest and covered storage bin with provisions for CD and cassette storage
Defroster — Electric rear window
Door Locks — Child-protection rear
Door Trim Panel
— Monochrome (SXT & R/T)
— 2-tone (SLT)
DVD Video Entertainment System (VES®) — Rear-seat entertainment unit that can play CDs and DVDs; includes MP3 capability, 2 wireless headphones, and remote control (requires Premium Sound System and either the AM/FM radio with 6-disc CD changer or Navigation Radio) (includes Gaming System)
Electronic Stability Program (ESP) — (includes Electronic Roll Mitigation [ERM], Brake Assist, and all-speed traction control)
Engine Block Heater
Fascias
— Front and rear, Deep Gray
— Front and rear, body-color
Fender Flares
— Deep Gray
— Body-color
Floor Mats
— Front (requires rear mats)
— Rear (requires front mats)
Fog Lamps — 2 integrated in front fascia
Fuel Tank — 19.5-gallon with tethered cap
Garage Door Opener — Universal
Glass
— Solar control
— Deep-tinted sunscreen side and rear
— Tinted windshield
Grille
— Bright front
— Body-color
Heat Outlets — Rear-seat floor-mounted
Heavy-Duty Engine Cooling — Includes power steering cooler (included with the Trailer Tow Group; not available with 6-speed manual)
Illuminated Entry
Instrument Cluster
— Includes speedometer, tachometer, oil temperature and fuel gauge (SXT)
— Includes speedometer, tachometer, oil temperature and fuel gauge with display screen and Vehicle Information Center (SLT & R/T)
Instrument Panel
— Monochrome
— 2-tone
License Plate Bracket — Front
License Plate Brow — Rear
— Black
— Bright
Lighting, Exterior
— Halogen headlamps
Lighting, Interior
— Map/dome reading
— Courtesy
— Cargo compartment lamp
Locks — Speed-sensitive power
Mirrors, Exterior— Dual power/manual foldaway
— Dual power heated/manual foldaway
— Power/manual foldaway
Mirrors, Interior
— Rearview day/night
— Rearview auto-dimming
— Rearview auto-dimming (included with UConnect®)
Molding
— Black bodyside (SXT)
— Body-color bodyside (SLT & R/T)
Portable Utility Table (optional SXT)
Power Outlet
— 115-volt auxiliary
— Auxiliary
— Rear cargo area
Radio
— AM/FM stereo radio with CD player and MP3 capability
— AM/FM stereo radio and integrated 6-disc CD changer with MP3 capability (REQ)
— AM/FM stereo with GPS Navigation, Media hard-drive and MP3 compatibility (includes SIRIUS Satellite Radio)
Rear Cargo
— LOAD ’N GO slide out system (n/a SXT)
— Tie-down rail system (n/a SXT)
Remote Keyless Entry — With integrated ignition key
Remote Start System
Roof Side Rails — Black
Running Boards — Gray
Seat Belts — Soft-edged webbing with front constant-force retractors, height-adjustable turning loops, traveling inboard buckles and passenger-side automatic latching retractor; rear with 3-point shoulder belts at all 3 seating positions
Seats
— Front-passenger forward fold-flat
— Low-back cloth bucket
— Low-back vinyl bucket
— Premium low-back cloth bucket with YES Essentials® easy-clean fabric (YES Essentials easy-clean fabric on SLT “F” and R/T)
— Low-back leather-trimmed bucket (requires heated seats)
— Manually adjustable
— Power 6-way driver’s
— Heated front bucket (included with leather-trimmed seats)
— Rear 65/35 split-folding with recline
— Front reclining bucket with passenger forward fold-flat; rear 65/35 split folding bench with fold-flat and recline
Security Alarm — Integrated vehicle alarm system
Sentry Key® — Antitheft engine immobilizer
SIRIUS Satellite Radio System (includes one year of service from SIRIUS) (only in the continental U.S.) — Next Generation (included with navigation radio)
Smoker’s Group — Includes removable ashtray and cigar lighter
Spare Tire
— Compact
— Jack and tire-changing tools stored under rear-passenger seat in removable carrier
Speakers
— 6 total
— Premium Sound System (Infinity™) with 8 speakers in 8 locations plus a subwoofer and 384 watts of power (requires AM/FM radio with 6-disc changer or navigation radio)
Speed Control
Steering — Power rack-and-pinion
Steering Wheel
— 4-spoke
— Leather-wrapped 4-spoke
— Audio controls
Sunroof — Power with express-open and vent
Sun Visors
— Sliding shaft
— Dual with illuminated vanity mirror and slide feature
— With illuminated vanity
Suspension
— Sport
— Performance (included with 20" wheels) (standard R/T, optional SLT)
Tilt Steering
Tire Pressure Monitoring Display (SLT & R/T)
Tire Pressure Monitoring Warning Lamp (SXT)
Tires
— Jack and tire-changing tools stored under rear-passenger seat in removable carrier
— Compact spare tire (standard)
— Spare, full-size (included with Trailer Tow Group)
— P225/75R16 Goodyear black sidewall, all-season (requires 16" wheels)
— P235/65R17 Goodyear black sidewall, all-season performance (requires 17" wheels)
— P235/65R17 Goodyear OWL performance (requires 17" wheels)
— P245/50R20 Goodyear VSB all-season performance (requires 20" wheels)
Trailer Tow Group — Includes a Class III receiver hitch, 4-pin wiring harness, full-size spare tire
Transfer Case
— Part-time 4WD system 143 GII New Venture Gear (4x4 only; requires 6 speed manual)
— Full-time 4WD system 140 New Venture Gear (4x4 only; requires 4-speed or 5-speed automatic)
UConnect® — Voice-activated hands-free communication system (includes auto-dimming rearview mirror; requires Alpine Sound System)
Vehicle Information Center (in instrument cluster) — Compass, temperature, trip odometer, etc.
Wheels
— 16"x7.0" styled steel
— 16"x6.5" cast-aluminum (included with 4-speed automatic)
— 17"x7.0" cast-aluminum
— 17"x7.0" chrome-clad cast-aluminum
— 20"x7.5" chrome-clad cast-aluminum (included with performance suspension) (standard on R/T, optional on SLT)
Windows
— Power, driver one-touch (SXT)
— Power, front, one-touch up and down (SLT & R/T)
Wiper System
— Variable-intermittent front
— Rear wiper/washer


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I have added a link to the top of the first post in this thread to a PDF file listing the 2007 Nitro Features, Options and Package Groups.
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WOW, did not see these numbers posted for the reduction of options offered on the 2008 Nitro. Would anyone have thought 167,000?

Ford is not alone in its quest to save money and keep things simple, DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group has also recently announced a similar plan which featured cutting options available on the Dodge Nitro from 167,000 to just 650. They also plan similar reductions on other vehicles.

These drastic changes reflect what we've known for some time now: the American auto manufacturing market is suffering.





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Canadian Nitro Review

Nitro more urban warrior than gnarly off-roader
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Friday, May 18, 2007


Warning: If you're a new Dodge Nitro enthusiast, stop reading now.

The fact of the matter is I didn't like the looks of it from the first time I spotted one. My guilty pleasure is boxy vehicles -- I adore the optimistic-looking, only-in-the-U.S. Scion xB and the Mercedes-Benz/Dodge Sprinter. But the Nitro, well, it just doesn't rub me the right away.

In all fairness, I'm not the target demographic for the "loaded with adrenaline" Nitro. According to Dodge, the focus is men who, among other passions, have a "man den in the basement or garage" and "women seeking a masculine mid-sized SUV."

The Nitro is being advertised on such TV shows as Desperate Housewives and Crossing Jordan. You'll also see ads in Martha Stewart's Blueprint and on the HGTV website. Curious. I'd categorize my girly girlfriends as the spectators for the above entertainment, and they didn't like the looks of the Nitro either.

Failing to find any fans of the Nitro among my gal pals, I cross-examined my boyfriend, Neil. Though he doesn't have a man den, he'd like one -- living in a condo, however, means we've neither a basement nor a garage. He's also a cool guy's guy, with lots of DeWalt power tools.

"What kind of truck is this? It drives like a Jeep, looks like an SUV, and makes me think it's the evil twin of the Commander and the big dumb brother of the Caliber," says Neil. "I'd say they got inspiration from the Honda Element, but instead of making it cute, they punched it in the face -- and voila!"

Moving inside -- once you get past the retro push-button door handles -- Neil likes the rugged feel "and the interior plastic and rubber seem designed for wear and tear. It's meant to get dirty." At 6-foot-3 -- and with equally long arms -- the guy still found it to be a stretch for the climate controls.

The tall should mind their heads. "Every time I go over a bump, I feel like I'm going to get a lobotomy. And every time I get in or out, I hit my head on the door frame," says Neil. Another point: "For a big truck, it has small windows. God forbid if anyone needs to make an emergency evacuation through them."

There is, however, a ton of legroom behind the front row -- even when the front seat's in a recline position. Seat comfort gets a low score. As a 5-foot-8 driver, I couldn't find the ideal position to grab the wheel and reach the pedals, having to compromise between the two. Though there are some power controls to slide your seat forward or aft, the back position is adjusted manually. I also wouldn't want to sit in either the driver's or passenger's seat for more than a few hours -- there's not much support.

The steering wheel, instrument panel and centre stack -- with audio and climate controls -- are all generic. The bold and aggressive exterior doesn't match the low-key insides. The dash is stunted -- it's so short that it's hard to find a place to display a parking pass.

There's a good amount of cargo space and the innovative, handy Load 'N Go floor -- a platform that holds 182 kilograms of stuff and slides out for easy loading.

From the throaty sound that comes from the exhaust to the acceleration, ride and handling, the Nitro's driving dynamics are positively truck-like.

Though the Nitro isn't my (or Neil's) favourite ride, Dodge gets an ovation for at least focusing its lineup. Over the past decade, its vehicles have moved from hiding under the Chrysler wing to making bold statements. For those who want aggressive styling and fair pricing, Dodge is carving out its own little niche.

THE SPECS:

Type of vehicle: All-wheel-drive, mid-sized SUV

Engine: 3.7L SOHC V6

Power: 210 hp 5,200 rpm;235 lb-ft of torque 4,000 rpm

Transmission: Four-speed automatic

Brakes: Four-wheel disc with ABS

Tires: P235/65R17

Price: base/as tested $29,890/$34,240

Destination charge: $1,200

Fuel economy L/100 km: 13.5 city, 9.5 hwy.

Standard equipment: Air conditioning, power windows, speed-sensitive power door locks, power heated mirrors, AM/FM/CD audio with MP3 compatibility, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, rear 65/35 split/folding seats, front-passenger folding flat seat, rear cargo tie-down system, Load 'N Go slide-out floor, side air bags, electronic stability program, traction control, remote keyless entry, cruise control.

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