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Dodge launches 2007 Dodge Nitro




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.
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Full Specs listed in post 2, lots more pictures after the jump here:

http://www.autoblog.com/2006/02/08/dodge-launches-2007-nitro-in-chicago/
 

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Specs are as follows:

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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Inside Line: 2007 Dodge Nitro

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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2007/2011 Dodge Nitro features and options

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

(exclusive to Dodge-Nitro.com)


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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Re: Detailed list of features and options

UPDATE:

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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Dodge Australia - Nitro Every Night TV commercial. Every night feels like Friday night.





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Australian TV commercial promoting the Chrysler Jeep Dodge 'Go There Sale'. Featuring the Dodge Nitro and Journey, this was created by Leo Burnett Melbourne in Sept 2010.
 

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Canadian Nitro Review

Nitro more urban warrior than gnarly off-roader
Angela Forgeron
For CanWest News Service


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.

LINK: http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/driving/story.html?id=86599788-55ad-4171-8f1d-cd58d469ce58
 

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awd or 4wd

hey everyone. Im not sure if anyone can be of assistance but i have ordered a nitro sxt as the model is labelled in aus. The dealer said the vehicle is awd now i have read in a few forums that it is in fact 2wd or switched to 4wd high ratio. I know there isnt a huge difference but i would like to know. As far as i am aware the sxt has many of the nitro rt's suspension and running gear. But no one at the dealership can make it any clearer. And help would be greatly appreciated...
 

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DODGE_SXT said:
hey everyone. Im not sure if anyone can be of assistance but i have ordered a nitro sxt as the model is labelled in aus. The dealer said the vehicle is awd now i have read in a few forums that it is in fact 2wd or switched to 4wd high ratio. I know there isnt a huge difference but i would like to know. As far as i am aware the sxt has many of the nitro rt's suspension and running gear. But no one at the dealership can make it any clearer. And help would be greatly appreciated...
The Aust models currently all have 2wd/4wd switch (they are not awd). Your dealer is fairly useless if they don't know that ;)
 

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Nitro can go off road but may be too stylish

Nitro can go off road but may be too stylish
By Gregory J. Wilcox
Staff Writer

The 2007 Dodge Nitro looks buff enough on the outside for some serious off-roading and is a pussycat on the inside.

I don't know how well-suited for the former the Nitro is because I certainly would not want to get in the dirt with the 20-inch chrome wheels that are standard on the model we tested.

And I sure wouldn't want to scuff up the eye-catching Inferno Red Crystal Pearl Coat, either.

This is a midsized SUV, a first for Dodge, that's probably best suited for navigating the suspension-rattling potholes endemic to Los Angeles.

There is also enough road clearance for fording those temporary winter streams some of our roads and streets become.

And with its flared fenders and high-line styling cues (think a scaled down Hummer or Land Rover), this midsized SUV makes a stylish statement.

New for 2007, the truck shares Jeep's lineage, which shouldn't be surprising.

"The 2007 Dodge Nitro is going to heat up the midsize SUV market by giving consumers a quality vehicle with masculine good looks, exceptional performance, unsurpassed utility and features that will surprise and delight," said a statement from George Murphy, senior vice president of global marketing for Chrysler Group.

It's too soon to address the quality issue.

But it looks as though the Nitro could live up to some of those other boasts.

It's definitely an eye-pleasing, macho ride.

Dodge attributes the masculine appearance to a number of elements.


They include the signature Dodge crosshair grille with its three-dimensional ram's head, those prominent fender flares and good body size.

The latter is not overdone, and I could park the Dodge in the family garage without rearranging any of the clutter. (I couldn't do that with several other test vehicles.)

These design elements even carry over to the mirrors and door handles.

Designers also pushed the Nitro's wheels to the corners. This reinforces performance and off-highway capabilities.

Drive Time had the R/T 4x4 model with a 4.0 liter, V6 single overhead cam engine.

It definitely provides lots of pep and seemed to want to jump away from stoplights and stop signs.

There is lots of space inside, too. The rear seats fold down in 60/40 fashion.

The leather trimmed seats are comfortable and the cabin featured a six-speaker sound system with a subwoofer and rear seat video system and a gaming system.

Nitro features a thick, comfortable four-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel and the dash has a three-pod, four-gauge instrument panel.

These are black with gray and white graphics and orange pointers.

There are many places for stuff, too.

The center console has room for hand-held PDAs, cell phones or coins; there are driver- and passenger-side door compartments; and a map pocket behind the driver's seat.

What Dodge calls the Load 'N Go floor is also new, and you wonder why somebody didn't think of it before.

It's a sliding rear floor panel that holds up to 400 pounds and makes loading and unloading cargo an easier task.

The leather-trimmed seats are comfortable and the cabin also featured a six-speaker sound system with a subwoofer and rear seat video system and a gaming system.

In addition to Dodge Nitro R/T, the two other models offered in the U.S. are the Dodge Nitro SXT and Dodge Nitro SLT.

And this is a fairly affordable ride.

"What might end up surprising people and finally sealing the deal is that it's a great truck to drive, particularly in an urban setting; that it sports a stylish, roomy and comfortable interior; and that it blows most of the competition away when it comes to power-to-price ratio," concluded the Web site Automobile.com.

Drive Time agrees.



LINK: http://www.dailybreeze.com/business/articles/9939401.html
 

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Dodge Nitro (outside North America)

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Dodge Nitro (outside North America)


The information shown is based on data available at the time of publication (March 2, 2007) and is
subject to change without notice. Specifications are valid for Europe and may vary in other markets.

General Information
Body Style Four-door sport-utility
Assembly Plant Toledo North Assembly Plant, Ohio, USA

Engines

3.7-litre V-6 Petrol Engine
Availability Standard on Nitro SE and SXT
Type and Description 90-degree V-6, liquid-cooled with balance shaft
Displacement 3.7 litres (3700cc / 225.8 cu. in.)
Bore x Stroke 93 x 90.8mm (3.66 x 2.31 in.)
Valve System Chain-driven SOHC, 12 valves and hydraulic end-pivot
roller rockers
Fuel Injection Sequential, multi-port, electronic, returnless
Construction Cast iron block and bedplate, aluminium alloy heads,
balance shaft
Compression Ratio 9.7:1
Maximum Power 151 kW (205 hp DIN) @ 5200 rpm
Maximum Torque 314 Nm (232 lb.-ft.) @ 4000 rpm
Maximum Engine Speed 6000 rpm, electronically limited
Fuel Requirement Unleaded regular, 87 octane (R + M)/2
Emission Controls Two mini-oxidation and one three-way catalytic
converters; four heated oxygen sensors, EGR and
internal engine features
Emission Class Euro 4
4.0-litre V-6 Petrol Engine
Availability Standard on Nitro R/T
Type and Description 60-degree bank angle, liquid-cooled, with three-plenum
intake manifold, electronically controlled manifold
tuning valve and short-runner valves
Displacement 4.0 litres (3952cc / 241.2 cu. in.)
Bore x Stroke 96 x 91mm (3.78 x 3.58 in.)
Valve System SOHC, 24 valves, hydraulic, centre-pivot roller rocker
arms
Fuel Injection Sequential, multi-port, electronic
Construction Semi-permanent moulded aluminium block with cast-in
iron liners and cast aluminium heads
Compression Ratio 10.3:1
Maximum Power 191 kW (260 hp DIN) @ 6000 rpm
Maximum Torque 360 Nm (265 lb.-ft.) @ 4000 rpm
Maximum Engine Speed 6000 rpm, electronically limited
Fuel Requirement Unleaded regular, 89 octane (R + M)/2 preferred;
unleaded regular, 87 octane (R + M)/2 acceptable
Emission Controls Maniverter three-way catalytic converters, quad heated
oxygen sensors and internal engine features
Emission Class Euro 4
2.8-litre Turbo Diesel Engine
Availability Optional on Nitro SE, SXT and R/T
Type and Description Four cylinders in line, liquid-cooled, open chamber,
turbocharged, intercooled
Displacement 2.8 litres (2768cc / 168.9 cu. in.)
Bore x Stroke 94 x 100mm (3.7 x 3.94 in.)
Valve System Belt-driven DOHC, 16 valves, with finger followers,
hydraulic lash adjusters
Fuel Injection Generation III common-rail, direct, electronic (1600 bar)
Construction Cast iron block, aluminium alloy heads
Compression Ratio 17.5:1
Maximum Power 130 kW (177 hp DIN) @ 3800 rpm
Maximum Torque 460 Nm (339 lb.-ft.) @ 2000 rpm with five-sp. auto.;
410 Nm (302 lb.-ft.) @ 2000-2800 with six-sp. man.)
Maximum Engine Speed 4300 rpm, electronically limited
Fuel Requirement Number 2 diesel (Ultra Low Sulphur)
Emission Controls EGR, catalytic converters; optional factory-installed
diesel particulate filter available
Emission Class Euro 4

Transmissions

Four-speed Automatic
Availability Standard with 3.7L V-6 engine

Description VLP 42RLE: Four-speed, adaptive electronic control,
electronically modulated torque converter clutch
Gear Ratios
1st 2.84
2nd 1.57
3rd 1.00
4th 0.69
Reverse 2.21
Axle Ratio 3.73
Final Drive Ratio 2.57
Five-speed Automatic
Availability Standard with 4.0L V-6 engine; optional with 2.8 CRD
engine

Description W5A580: Five-speed, adaptive electronic control,
electronically modulated torque converter clutch
Gear Ratios
1st 3.59
2nd 2.19
3rd 1.41
4th 1.00
5th 0.83
Reverse 3.16
Axle Ratio 3.55 with 4.0L V-6; 3.21 with 2.8 CRD
Final Drive Ratio 2.95 with 4.0L V-6; 2.66 with 2.8 CRD
Six-speed Manual
Availability Standard with 2.8 CRD engine
Description NSG 370: Six-speed, synchronised in all forward gears
and reverse, multi-rail shift system with top-mounted
shift lever
Gear Ratios
1st 4.459
2nd 2.614
3rd 1.723
4th 1.245
5th 1.00
6th 0.838
Reverse 4.062
Axle Ratio 3.55
Final Drive Ratio 2.97

Drivetrains

Rear-wheel Drive Standard with all engines
Part-time 4x4 System
Availability Standard with all engines (except on 4x2 models)
Type NV143: Single speed, part time
Operating Ranges 2WD, 4WD part time, electronically shifted
Torque Split 50/50 per cent front/rear

Suspension

Front Upper and lower "A" arms, coil springs, low-pressure
gas-charged shock absorbers, stabiliser bar
Rear Live axle, upper and lower trailing arms, track bar, coil
springs, low-pressure gas-charged shock absorbers,
stabiliser bar
Steering
Type Power rack and pinion
Overall Ratio 17.36:1
Turning Diameter (curb to curb) 11.1m (36.4 ft.)
Steering Turns (lock to lock) 3.42

Wheels and Tyres

Nitro SE
Wheel Type and Material Styled steel, standard; cast aluminium, optional
Size 16 x 7 in., standard; 16 x 6.5 in., optional
Tyre Size and Type P235/70R16 all-season
Spare Tyre Compact
Nitro SXT
Wheel Type and Material Painted cast aluminium
Size 17 x 7 in., standard; 20 x 7.5 in., optional
Tyre Size and Type P235/65R17 all-season, standard; P245/50R20 allseason,
optional
Spare Tyre Compact
Nitro R/T
Wheel Type and Material Platinum-finish cast aluminium
Size 20 x 7.5 in.
Tyre Size and Type P245/50R20 all-season
Spare Tyre Compact

Brakes

Front
Disc Size and Type 302 x 28mm (11.9 x 1.1 in.) vented
Calliper Size and Type 66mm (2.6 in.) single-piston, floating
Swept Area 1231 sq. cm (190.8 sq. in.)
Rear
Disc Size and Type 316 x 12mm (12.44 x 0.47 in.) solid
Calliper Size and Type 48mm (1.9 in.) single-piston, floating
Swept Area 357.6 sq. cm (55.4 sq. in.)
Systems
Power Assistance 204 x 230mm (8 x 9 in.) tandem-diaphragm vacuum
Anti-lock Braking System Standard
Electronic Stability Programme Standard
Traction Control System Standard
Brake Assist System Standard

Dimensions

Dimensions are in millimetres (inches) unless otherwise noted.
Overall Length 4584 (180.5)
Overall Width 1856 (73.1) without mirrors; 1916 (75.4) with side steps
Overall Height 1773 (69.8) with roof rack
Wheelbase 2763 (108.8)
Overhang, Front 764 (30.1)
Overhang, Rear 1057 (41.6)
Track, Front 1549 (61)
Track, Rear 1549 (61)
Clearances (with petrol engines)
Approach Angle 17 degrees
Breakover Angle 20 degrees
Departure Angle 34 degrees
Ground Clearance, Front 220 (8.6)
Ground Clearance, Rear 210 (8.3)
Water Fording 482.6 @ 16 km/h (19 @ 10 mph)

Accommodations

Seating Capacity Two front, three rear
Front
Head Room 1025.1 (40.4)
Leg Room 1036.4 (40.8)
Shoulder Room 1443 (56.8)
Hip Room 1338.1 (52.7)
Seat Travel 229.1 (9)
Rear
Head Room 1019.2 (40.1)
Leg Room 984.5 (38.8)
Knee Clearance 34.1 (1.3)
Shoulder Room 1436.4 (56.5)
Hip Room 1229 (48.4)
Cargo Volume (ISO standard) 369 litres, all seats in place (minimum); 1994 litres,
second row folded (maximum)

Weights and Capacities

Figures are in kilogrammes (pounds) unless otherwise noted.
Curb Weight* 1875-1970 (4134-4343) with 3.7L V-6 engine; 1875-
1945 (4134-4288) with 4.0L V-6 engine; 1855-1890
(4090-4167) with 2.8 CRD engine and manual trans.;
1940-1995 (4277-4398) with 2.8 CRD engine and auto.
trans.
Gross Vehicle Weight 2540 (5600) with petrol engines; 2520 (5556) with 2.8
CRD engine
Maximum Towing Capacity
(including tongue load)
Preliminary – homologation tests pending
3500 (7716) with petrol engines; 2000 (4409) with 2.8
CRD engine and manual trans.; 3500 (7716) with 2.8
CRD engine and auto. trans.
Max. Trailer Mass (braked) 3500 (7716) with petrol engines; 2000 (4409) with 2.8
CRD engine and manual trans.; 3500 (7716) with 2.8
CRD engine and auto. trans.
Max. Trailer Mass (unbraked) 750 (1653)
Max. Tongue Load 140 (309)
Fuel Tank Capacity 73.8l (19.5 U.S. gal.) with petrol engines; 70.0l (18.5
U.S. gal.) with 2.8 CRD engine
Oil Capacity (with new filter) 4.7l (5 qt.) with 3.7L V-6 engine; 5.7l (6 qt.) with 4.0L V-
6 engine; 6.0l (6.3 qt.) with 2.8 CRD engine
Engine Coolant Capacity 13.25l (14 qt.) with 3.7L V-6 engine; 13.5l (14.3 qt.) with
4.0L V-6 engine; 13.4l (14.2 qt.) with 2.8 CRD engine
*Weight range from base SE model to fully optioned R/T model. Does not include 75kg (165 lb.) for
driver and luggage

Performance

3.7L V-6 4.0L V-6 2.8 CRD 2.8 CRD
6-sp. Man. 5-sp. Auto.
Acceleration
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 10.3 sec. 8.5 sec. 11.5 sec. 10.5 sec.
Top Speed (km/h / mph) 190 (118) 202 (125) 180 (112) 182 (113)
Fuel Consumption (l/100km, EU standard)
3.7L V-6 4.0L V-6 2.8 CRD 2.8 CRD
6-sp. Man. 5-sp. Auto.
Urban Cycle 17.5 15.5 10.8 12.2
Ex-urban Cycle 9.0 8.8 7.3 7.8
Combined Cycle 12.1 11.3 8.6 9.4
Combined CO2 (g/km) 288 269 228 250
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A new Appearance Group Option for the Nitro has just showed-up for the SE Model, but I have not found any info, so if you are about to order one it may be something to ask your Dealer about! Maybe a "Spring Special Package"

(ADF) SE Appearance Group has
a Job #1 of 3/14/08



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Il Dodge Nitro cade da una gru, attraversa il globo e sbuca in Asia.
 

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Best-dressed SUV

Dodge’s mid-size Nitro SUV delivers aggressive styling

May 10, 2008


The Dodge Nitro makes the loudest statement in the mid-size SUV segment thanks to its brawny, in-your-face styling. Now in its second year of production, the Nitro tops my list in terms of best-dressed.

Nitro’s wheels, which are pushed to the corners, are nicely accented by tastefully prominent fender flares. Nitro’s high beltline reminds me of the popular Dodge Charger. And of course, up front, Nitro sports an impressive, masculine crosshair grille flanked by bold, rectangular headlamp assemblies.

Looking at the Dodge Nitro, it’s difficult to tell that its platform comes from a modified version of the Jeep Liberty. The Liberty and Nitro look like they came from different worlds. The Liberty stands tall while Nitro looks hunkered down and ready to pounce.

The Nitro is obviously not Dodge’s version of the Liberty. It’s a totally different vehicle. The Liberty is a true off-roader while the Nitro is built for the street. There isn’t anything on the road that looks like the Nitro, especially when ordered in R/T trim with 20-inch chrome-clad wheels.

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Nitro tops list of best-dressed SUVs : SearchChicago Autos : Ira Siegel
 

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That is Totally Awesome

Well that is totally cool thing that we both know the difference between the two. The Nitro is obviously not Dodge’s version of the Liberty. It’s a totally different vehicle. The Liberty is a true off-roader while the Nitro is built for the street. They are totally different unlike what my friend tell and keep on arguing with that vehicle.
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2009 Nitro Page 2

SE (listed first) SLT (listed second)R/T (listed last)

LEGEND: S = Standard, O = Optional, P = Package, — = Not available
Complete package information is listed at the end of the Feature Availability section. NOTE: Information shown is correct at time of publication and is subject to change without notice.

INTERIOR
Air Conditioning
S
S
S
Cargo Area
Lamp
S
S
S
Reversible load floor
S


LOAD ‘N GO™

S
S
Tie-down Rail System

S
S
Consoles
Floor
S
S
S
Overhead

S
S
Defroster—Rear-window, electric
S
S
S
Door Locks—Speed-sensitive, power
S
S
S
Door Trim Panels
Base
S


Premium

S
S
Floor Carpet
S
S
S
Floor Mats
S
S
S
Instrument Cluster
Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC)

S
S
Tachometer
S
S
S
Temperature, compass
P
S
S
Interior Colors
Dark Khaki
O


Dark Slate Gray
O

O
Dark Khaki/Medium Khaki

O

Dark/Light Slate Gray

O

Interior Lighting
Courtesy lamps
S
S
S
Map/dome reading lamps
S
S
S
Illuminated entry
S
S
S
Mirror—Rearview
Day/night
S


Auto-dimming

S
S
Auto-dimming with microphone (with uconnect phone)

P
P
Power Outlets
12-volt, instrument panel
S
S
S
115-volt
P
S
S
Seats
Cloth low-back front buckets
S


Premium cloth buckets with Stain Repel Seat Fabric

S
S
2
SE SLT R/T
Cloth with color-keyed insert (Electric Blue, Inferno Red or Sunburst Orange)


O
Cloth, two-tone with logo


P
Front passenger, forward fold flat
S
S
S
Leather-trimmed front buckets (Includes heated front)

P
O
Manual seat adjustment
S


Power six-way adjustable driver’s

S
S
Rear—60/40 folding split-recline bench
S
S
S
Sound Systems/Navigation/Communication
AM/FM radio with CD player, MP3
S
S
S
AM/FM radio with six-disc CD/DVD, MP3

P
P
AM/FM radio with CD player, MP3, navigation

O
O
uconnect phone
P
P
P
SIRIUS Satellite Radio
S
S
S
Four full-range speakers
S
S
S
uconnect gps with 30 gigabyte hard drive, GPS navigation, 6.5-inch color touch-screen display and eight amplified speakers plus subwoofer

P
P
Steering wheel-mounted audio controls

S
S
Speed Control
O
S
S
Steering Column—Tilt
S
S
S
Steering Wheel
Leather-wrapped

S
S
Sun Visors
Sliding shaft
S


With illuminated vanity mirrors
P
S
S
Upholstery, cloth
S
S
S
Windows
Power with driver one-touch
S


Power with driver one-touch up and down, passenger one-touch down

S
S
POWERTRAIN AND CHASSIS
Engines

3.7-liter SOHC V-6 with electronic throttle control
S
S

4.0-liter SOHC V-6 with electronic throttle control


S
Transmissions
Four-speed automatic
S
S

Five-speed automatic


S
Axles
Dana 30/186 mm front axle (4WD only)
S
S
S
Corporate 8.25 rear axle
S
S
S
Axle Ratio
3.73:1
S
S

3
SE SLT R/T
3.55:1 (with five-speed automatic transmission)


S
Brakes
Four-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
S
S
S
Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with All-speed Traction Control and Brake Assist
S
S
S
Four-wheel-drive Systems (part-time)[/B
]O
O
O
Remote Start

P
P
Steering—Power, rack and pinion
S
S
S
Suspension
Front—New short- and long-arm (SLA)
S
S
S
Rear—New five-link
S
S
S
Sport
S
S
Performance (with 20-inch wheels and tires only)

P
S
Tires(a)
P225/75R16 BSW all-season
S


P235/65R17 BSW all-season performance
P
S

P235/65R17 OWL performance
O
O

P245/50R20 VSB all-season performance

O
S
Tires—Spare
Compact
S
S
S
Full-size
P
P
P
Wheels
16-inch x 7-inch steel
S


16-inch x 6.5-inch aluminum
P


17-inch x 7-inch aluminum

S
S
17-inch x 7-inch aluminum chrome-clad

P

20-inch x 7.5-inch aluminum chrome-clad

O
S
SAFETY AND SECURITY
LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
S
S
S
Door Locks
Speed-sensitive
S
S
S
ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System

P
P
Remote Keyless Entry
S
S
S
Restraint Systems
Air bags(a)
Advanced multi-stage front
S
S
S
Supplemental side
S
S
S
Three-point seat belts(b)
S
S
S
Security Alarm

P
P
Sentry Key® Engine Immobilizer
S
S
S
4
SE SLT R/T
Tire Pressure Monitoring
Warning
S


Display

S
S
(a) Certified to federal regulations that allow less forceful air bags. Always use seat belts. Remember, a back seat is the safest place for children.
(b) Always sit properly in the seat with the seat belt fastened. Always observe the passenger air bag indicator lamp to determine if the OCS classification is appropriate. Children 12 and under should always be in a back seat correctly using an infant or child restraint system or the seat belt positioned correctly for the child’s age and weight.
EQUIPMENT GROUPS
uconnect gps—Includes auto-dimming rearview mirror with microphone, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and uconnect phone

O
O
Rear DVD Entertainment System—Includes gaming system and wireless headphones

O
O
Trailer Tow Group—Includes heavy-duty engine cooling, power steering cooler, Class III receiver hitch, four-pin connector wiring and full-size spare tire
O
O
O
Premium Sound Group—Includes Infinity® speakers and subwoofer, plus 6-disc CD radio

O
O
Convenience Group—Includes ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System, Remote Start and uconnect phone

O
O
5
2009 Dodge Nitro
SPECIFICATIONS
All dimensions are in inches (millimeters) at curb weight with standard wheels and tires unless otherwise noted.
GENERAL INFORMATION
Body Style
Sport-utility vehicle
Construction
Steel uniframe
Assembly Plant
Toledo North Assembly Plant, Toledo, Ohio
EPA Vehicle Class
Multi-purpose vehicle
ENGINE: 3.7-LITER SOHC V-6
Availability
Nitro SE and Nitro SLT
Type and Description
90° V-6, liquid-cooled w/balance shaft
Displacement
225.8 cu. in.. (3700 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke
3.66 x 3.57 (93.0 x 90.8)
Valve System
Chain-driven SOHC, 12 valves, hydraulic end-pivot roller rockers
Fuel Injection
Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless
Construction
Cast-iron block and bedplate, aluminum alloy heads, balance shaft
Compression Ratio
9.7:1
Power (SAE net)
210 hp (157 kW) @ 5,200 rpm
Torque (SAE net)
235 lb.-ft. (319 N•m) @ 4,000 rpm
Max. Engine Speed
6,000 rpm (electronically limited)
Fuel Requirement
Unleaded regular, 87 octane (R+M)/2
Oil Capacity
5.0 qt. (3.7L) SAE 5W/20
Coolant Capacity
14.0 qt. (13.25L)
Emission Controls
Dual, mini-oxidation, three-way catalytic converters, quad heated oxygen sensors, EGR and internal engine features(a)
Alternator
160-amp
Battery
600 CCA, maintenance-free
Estimated 2009 EPA Fuel Economy mpg (City/Hwy)
16/22 – 2WD Four-speed Automatic Transmission 15/21 – 4WD Four-speed Automatic Transmission
(a) Meets federal emission BIN5 standard and ULEV II standard for California emission states.
ENGINE: 4.0-LITER SOHC V-6
Availability
Standard on Nitro R/T
Type and Description
60-degree bank angle, liquid-cooled, with three-plenum intake manifold, electronically controlled and short-runner valves
Displacement
241.2 cu. in. (3952 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke
3.78 x 3.58 (96 x 91)
Valve System
SOHC, 24 valves, hydraulic, center-pivot roller rocker arms
Fuel Injection
Sequential, multiport, electronic
Construction
Semi-permanent molded aluminum block with cast-in iron liners and cast-aluminum heads
6
Compression Ratio
10.3:1
Power (SAE net, estimated)
260 hp (194 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
Torque (SAE net, estimated)
265 lb.-ft. (359 N•m) @ 4,200 rpm
Max. Engine Speed
6,000 rpm (electronically limited)
Fuel Requirement
Unleaded mid-grade, 89 octane (R+M)/2—preferred,
unleaded regular, 87 octane (R+M)/2—acceptable
Oil Capacity
6 qt. (4.0L) SAE 10W-30 with dry filter
Coolant Capacity
14.3 qt. (13.5L)
Emission Controls
Maniverter three-way catalytic converters, quad-heated oxygen sensors and internal engine feature(a)
Alternator
160-amp
Battery
600 CCA, maintenance-free
Estimated 2009 EPA Fuel Economy mpg (City/Hwy)
16/21 – 2WD Five-speed Automatic Transmission 15/20 – 4WD Five-speed Automatic Transmission
(a) Meets 50 State BIN5+ LEVII+ emission standard.
TRANSMISSION: 42RLE – AUTOMATIC FOUR-SPEED OVERDRIVE
Availability
Standard with 3.7-liter SOHC V-6
Description
Adaptive electronic control, electronically modulated torque converter clutch
Gear Ratios
1st
2.84
2nd
1.57
3rd
1.0
4th
0.69
Reverse
2.21
Axle Ratio
3.73
Overall Top Gear
2.57
TRANSMISSION: W5A580 – AUTOMATIC FIVE-SPEED OVERDRIVE
Availability
Standard on 4.0-liter SOHC V-6
Description
Adaptive electronic control, electronically modulated torque converter clutch
Gear Ratios
1st
3.59
2nd
2.19
3rd
1.41
4th
1.0
5th
0.83
Reverse
3.16
Axle
3.55 with 4.0-liter SOHC V-6
Overall Top Gear
2.95 with 4.0-liter SOHC V-6
7
TRANSFER CASE: MP 143 GII SINGLE-SPEED
Availability
Included on 4WD with manual transmission
Type
Part-time, electronically shifted
Operating Ranges
2WD, 4WD lock, electronically controlled
Center Differential Type
None
Torque Split, F/R
50/50
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Alternator
160-amp
Battery
600-amp, maintenance-free
DIMENSIONS AND CAPACITIES
Wheelbase
108.8 (2763.0)
Track, Front
61.0 (1549.4)
Track, Rear
61.0 (1549.4)
Overall Length
178.9 (4544.0)
Overall Width
73.1 (1856.9)
Overall Height
69.9 (1775.8)
Approach Angle
25.6°
Breakover Angle
22.0°
Departure Angle
26.7°
Aero CdA
11.6
Aero Cd
0.38
Fuel Tank Capacity
19.5 gal. (73.8L)
Maximum Payload, lbs. (kg),
Includes Occupants and Cargo
1,150 (590)
Towing Capacities, lbs. (kg)
3.7L and 4.0L models without Trailer Tow Group
2,000 (907)
3.7-liter and 4.0-liter engine with Trailer Tow Group
3,500 (1588)
3.7-liter and 4.0-liter engine, with Trailer Tow Group and weight distributing hitch
5,000 (2268)
Weights, curb, base vehicle, lbs. (kg)
3.7-liter gasoline engine, 2WD
Nitro SE/SLT, automatic transmission—3971 (1801)
3.7-liter gasoline engine, 4WD
Nitro SLT, automatic transmission—4132 (1874)
4.0-liter gasoline engine, 2WD
Nitro R/T, automatic transmission—4029 (1827)
4.0-liter gasoline engine, 4WD
Nitro R/T, automatic transmission—4204 (1906)
ACCOMMODATIONS
Seating Capacity—F/R
2/3
8
Front Row
Head Room
40.6 (1032.1)
Head Room with Sun Roof
38.3 (971.9)
Head Room with Open Roof
41.7 (1059.5)
Leg Room
40.8 (1036.4)
Shoulder Room
57.2 (1452.2)
Hip Room
56.8 (1443.9)
Seat Travel
9.0 (229.1)
Recliner Range, degrees
6.6° to 51.6°
Second Row
Head Room
40.8 (1036.5)
Leg Room
37.7 (946.3)
Knee Clearance
2.1 (53.5)
Shoulder Room
56.4 (1433.4)
Hip Room
47.4 (1202.9)
Cargo
Liftover Height
33.3 (847.3)
Minimum Cargo Width at Liftgate Opening
44.0 (1118.5)
Maximum Cargo Width at Liftgate Opening
46.5 (1182.2)
Minimum Cargo Height at Liftgate Opening
32.6 (827.4)
Maximum Cargo Height at Liftgate Opening
33.1 (841.6)
Distance Between Wheelhouse Interior Trim
40.5 (1028.4)
Cargo Volume, cu. ft. (cu m)
Behind Rear Seat
32.1 (0.9)
With Rear Seat Folded
65.2 (1.8)
With Front Passenger and Rear Seats Folded
75.6 (2.1)
SAE Interior Volume, Front
54.8 (1.55)
SAE Interior Volume, Rear
47.7 (2.35)
BODY/CHASSIS
Layout
Longitudinal front engine, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive
Construction
Steel unibody
SUSPENSION
Front
Upper and lower “A” arms, coil springs, low-pressure gas-charged shock absorbers, stabilizer bar
Rear
Live axle, upper and lower trailing arms, track bar, coil springs, stabilizer bar, low-pressure gas-charged shock absorbers
9
STEERING
Type
Power rack-and-pinion
Overall Ratio
17.36:1
Turning Diameter (curb-to-curb)
36.3 ft. (11.1 m)
Steering Turns (lock-to-lock)
3.42
BRAKES
Power Assist Type
8 x 9 (204 x 230) tandem-diaphragm vacuum
Four-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
Standard
Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
Standard
Parking Brake Type
Rear brake drum-in-hat
Front
Size and Type
11.9 x 1.1 (302 x 28) vented rotor with 2.6 (66) single-piston floating caliper
Swept Area (total front)
190.8 sq. in. (1231.0 sq. cm)
Rear
Size and Type
12.44 x 0.47 (316 x 12) solid rotor with 1.9 (48) single-piston floating caliper
Swept Area (total rear)
55.4 sq. in. (357.6 sq. cm)
WHEELS
Type and Material
Painted steel, Sparkle Silver
Size
16 in. x 7 in.
Availability
Standard Nitro SE
Type and Material
Painted cast-aluminum, Sparkle Silver
Size
16 in. x 6.5 in.
Availability
Optional Nitro SE
Type and Material
Painted cast-aluminum, Sparkle Silver
Size
17 in. x 7 in.
Availability
Standard Nitro SLT, optional Nitro SXT
Type and Material
Chrome-clad cast-aluminum
Size
17 in. x 7 in.
Availability
Optional Nitro SLT
Type and Material
Chrome-clad cast-aluminum
Size
20 in. x 7.5 in.
Availability
Standard R/T Nitro, Optional Nitro SLT 10
TIRES
Size and Type
P225/75R16, all-season, black sidewall (BSW)
Model
Goodyear Wrangler ST
Revs per Mile (km)
715 (443)
Availability
Standard Nitro SE
Size and Type
P235/65R17, vertically serrated band
Model
Goodyear Wrangler HP
Revs per Mile (km)
715 (443)
Availability
Standard Nitro SLT, Optional Nitro SE
Size and Type
P235/65R17, outline white letters (OWL)
Model
Goodyear Performance Wrangler HP
Revs per Mile (km)
721 (447)
Availability
Optional Nitro SLT
Size and Type
P245/50R20, all-season, black sidewall (BSW)
Model
Goodyear Eagle HP
Revs per Mile (km)
700 (434)
Availability
Standard Nitro R/T, Optional Nitro SLT 1
 

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I guess there is no more 6-speed available eh?

They need to do something about the engines in this truck if they plan on making it a success...that 3.7 is a thirsty thing
 
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