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A Look At The Dodge Nitro

Autumn 2008

Both drivers and critics consider the Dodge Nitro one of the toughest vehicles in its class. It is considered as rugged as it is practical and as fun to drive as it is smooth. The Dodge Nitro can seat up to five occupants and drives like a dream thanks to a 4.0 liter V-6 engine.

Outwardly, as mentioned, the Dodge Nitro looks like a powerful, aggressive SUV. Its silhouette is boxy enough to tell everyone on the road that it means business, and both the front and read fenders flare stylishly. Depending on the model, the grille is either silver and placed almost vertically or body colored with a crosshair design.

The Dodge Nitro features an independent front and a solid rear axle suspension system in both the sport and performance models. The performance suspension includes improvements with the stabilizer bars, coil springs, shocks, and bushings, and it is standard with the R/T model.

Due to the suspension, the ride in a Dodge Nitro is firm but completely smooth. It is made even better by the driver’s view which, thanks to a high seating position, is wide open and clear. In the Dodge Nitro R/T, the steering wheel is wrapped in thick leather – and it features an exquisitely light touch, thanks to rack and pinion steering.

Drivers of this SUV have the option of two engines: the 4.0 liter V-6 engine is standard with R/T models and it, too, is responsible for the Nitro’s satin smooth ride, especially with its five speed automatic transmission; the other option is a 3.7 liter V-6, with either six speed manual transmission or a four speed automatic.

Drivers can also choose between rear wheel and four wheel drive, as well as two 4×4 systems. Anti lock brakes are standard as well – stopping is smooth and precise.

Where the exterior is rugged and aggressive, the interior of the Dodge Nitro is classic and austere. There is a cluster of three pod gauges on top of the dashboard, which slopes sharply. The Nitro SXT, the base model, features black accents, whereas the SLT and the R/T models are accented in silver trim around the centre dash, the door handles, the door armrests, and within the centre console. Other standard features include manual air conditioning, a 115 voltage power outlet, and a CD equipped stereo.

The Dodge Nitro has room to seat up to five occupants. The driver and passenger seats are bucket seats, conducive to extreme comfort, support, and stability during long drives. In back, there is a folding seat which can be split and folded down in sixty/forty fashion. The rear seats’ backrests are able to recline, which also allows for supreme comfort during longer trips. The standard seating upholstery is soft cloth, but there are also options for stain resistant fabric and leather trimmed upholstery.

In addition to being supportive, the Dodge Nitro’s bucket seats are marvelously plush, especially the leather trimmed seats. Both the front seats and the seats in the rear are plentiful when it comes to room – not only is there room for five occupants, there is actual personal space for them as well.
The Dodge Nitro received five stars for safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety administration. Standard safety features include side curtain air bags and an electronic stability system.

This 4×4 vehicle has over thirty cubic feet of storage room behind the back seats when they are upright. When the rear seats are folded, there is over sixty five cubic feet of cargo room. The SXT models feature a reversible floor in the cargo area, which has a bracing tray on one side meant to keep messes in one place, should they occur. Dodge Nitro SLT and R/T models feature the Load ‘n Go floor, which slides out of the storage region up to eighteen inches, so that it acts like a ramp for loading cargo. In both cases, storage bins are hidden beneath the floors.


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2007 Dodge Nitro First Drive Giving SUVs a little Grrrrrr

Introduction

Dodge Nitro – 2007 First Drive: You know the commercial: Some sad sack guy in a non-descript car gets a jump – literally – from a shiny red Dodge Nitro. Hmmm...not sure how it is that the 260-horsepower engine in the Nitro R/T blows a car off its tires, but hey, that's creative license for ya, a liberty Dodge designers also took when penning the Nitro's blocky look and robust fender flares. We only wish they had managed to work in more power as well. Based on the Jeep Liberty and showcasing some new features, the Nitro has powerful, over-the-top looks and a very livable interior, if only for five and for those willing to pay for the more expensive models.
Origins

As the first compact SUV in the Dodge lineup since the 1990 Raider, the Nitro is based on the Jeep Liberty. Call it a Liberty that's been liberated. Sure, the Nitro is built on the same platform and in the same Toledo, Ohio, plant as the Jeep Liberty, and boasts some of the features we'll see in the 2008 Liberty model. But this is a significantly different design, plus a reworking of the suspension and powertrain. Should the Liberty come out with the Nitro's 4.0-liter V6 engine and some of its interior upgrades, it will be much improved. Here's hoping that parent company Chrysler sees fit to equip both with its new six-speed automatic transmission.
Pricing

Typical of most Dodge vehicles, the Nitro comes in three flavors, starting with the base SXT ($19,885), SLT ($23,295) and R/T ($25,970). All prices include $660 destination; four-wheel drive is $1,510 extra. Significant option prices include $1,700 for MyGIG, Chrysler's new 20-gig personal infotainment system, $1,200 for a rear-seat DVD player and $730 for R/T special leather seats.


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Dodge Nitro is ‘Tonka’ for adults

Dodge Nitro is ‘Tonka’ for adults

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

From North Dublin Publications

WHAT kind of a car do you want to drive? Something that will start first time these winter mornings and blend in with the commuter traffic? Or maybe you would like to make a fashion statement and buy a Dodge Nitro.
Last week I drove a red version of the massive Dodge Nitro and I must say it drew as many envious glances from young and old as any sports car I have driven.

The front of the Nitro reminded me of the front of one of those massive trucks which traverse the US roads, the ones you see in ads at Christmas time, transporting Budweiser.

That front grille just has to be seen to be believed and it really defines this SUV.

It definitely is huge in every aspect and you could literally stand or indeed sit on the front bumper. Some people have described it as a 'Tonka Toy' for adults and viewed side on, it has a kind of a Hummer look to it.
Dodge is back in Ireland after an absence of more than 50 years. They describe the styling in the Nitro as 'masculine' and to be fair I don't think they will attract many female drivers.

Naturally it's set high and you wouldn't want to be troubled by arthritis to climb on board. Once inside it's very spacious and views are impressive, even though the side windows are fairly small.
For the driver and front seat passenger there is a lot of bonnet in your line of vision, but the SUV is easy to handle.

You get six forward gears and the ride is reasonably smooth. I found the handbrake is a bit far away from the driver. In fact it's so far away it would be better to get the front seat passenger to use it.

However, I liked the way the lights come on when you turn off the alarm with the zapper at night. It makes it easier and safer to find your way to the Nitro. It's a long motor and the reversing parking sensors are handy.
As the Nitro is likely to be used for agricultural work there is a host of safety items as standard on this 4x4. You get ABS, ESP and a new one for me, ERM, which means Electronic Rollover Mitigation.

Officially it's a five-seater, but the back seat and passenger seat can be folded flat for more storage if necessary. There is also a sliding boot floor which extends from the boot and could be used to load heavy items or simply to sit on if you are having a picnic.

The 2.8 manual version I drove costs e37,995, while you will pay e39,495 for the automatic version. The road tax is a whopping e2,000. If you are interested in a commercial version the manual is e28,995 and the automatic e30,495.

Hard to know exactly who will buy this SUV as we enter a recessionary era and I suppose you would have to worry about its re-sale value when the time comes to trade in.

But to be fair I have driven more expensive and thirstier SUVs. Perhaps Yanks or maybe Irish people who have lived in the US for a long period, may be attracted to it.

LINK:Dublin People - Dodge Nitro is ‘Tonka’ for adults
 

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First Nitro Review of 2009

Nitro offers utility, value pricing

January 9, 2009

Thank goodness it snowed. Otherwise this would have been a very harsh review.

You see, the 2009 Dodge Nitro is just not made for someone as petite as I am, and my overall comfort in the driver’s seat is dismal. So, I was having a really bad week during the test period.

Then it snowed.

The test vehicle had part-time four-wheel drive, and during I had been keeping it in two-wheel drive mode. In the middle of a severe pummeling of snow and ice, I tried to make it up my driveway in 2WD … and slid right back down. So, I switched it over to 4WD and tried again. The Nitro took the incline with minimal effort.

Even better, the as-tested price of the base Nitro SE 4X4 test vehicle was $25,650. And that was after the addition of the Customer Preferred Package ($1,305).

The Nitro has three different trim levels – SE, SLT and R/T – all of which have 2WD and 4WD availability. At a base level, the SE starts at $22,685 (2WD) and has some nice standard features such as electronic stability control, all-speed traction control, a tire pressure monitoring system, first- and second-row side airbags, reclining rear seats and a reversible cargo tray. The SLT trim level adds about $2,500 to the bottom line as well as the Load-N-Go cargo floor, six-way power adjustable driver’s seat, steering wheel audio controls and chrome interior accents. The R/T model jumps up to $28,180 (2WD) and adds a 4.0-liter V-6 engine, five-speed automatic transmission, 20-inch performance tires and the R/T logo on front seats with stitching.

The Nitro has two engine options, a 3.7-liter V-6 and a 4.0-liter V-6. The 3.7 is standard on the SE and SLT models and delivers 210 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. The up-level 4.0-liter engine is only available on the R/T model and produces 260 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm.

The 3.7-liter engine is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission, while the 4.0-liter is mated to a five speed transmission. That helps explain why fuel estimates stay pretty close between the engines even though there’s a huge leap in horsepower. The 3.7 gets EPA estimated mileage of 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway for the 4WD model while the 4.0 gets 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.

Since the test vehicle was at the base SE level, it had the 3.7-liter engine, and it actually performed very well. I didn’t feel like power was at all sluggish, and the Nitro test vehicle moved pretty well for a 4,132-pound vehicle.

While the Nitro shines in inclement weather, I have to say this is one of my least favorite vehicles in every-day driving. The ride is incredibly stiff and rough, and you will feel every single one of those Chicago potholes you encounter. The bright spot here: Turning radius is decent.

As I alluded in the beginning, my driving position in the Nitro stunk. I don’t know what it is about Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep vehicles, but I have a difficult time getting a comfortable position. When I pump my seat up for good visibility out the front, my knees bump the underbelly of the dash. I also felt way too close to the steering wheel in my far-forward position. All of this made me feel trapped, and getting in and out of the vehicle was a chore because I had to shimmy out sideways.

Then, to top it all off, when I got the seat high enough for good visibility, my feet didn’t touch the floor. Talk about an Edith Ann moment.

One area where the Nitro really shines is in exterior design. The boxy shape is one of those that you’ll either love or hate, but I think Dodge did a really nice job with this one. I like the strong masculine lines and bold upright grille. The bumpers and fenders are a bit blocky, but they somehow work on the Nitro.

Interior styling, however, could use a little bit of a lift. The behind-the-wheel gauges are flat and boring. Not to mention the fact that the center stack is downright sterile. Since the vehicle makes such a statement on the outside, I’d like to see some of that trickle into the cabin, but the only swath of character I saw was the gearshift knob. On the plus side, because the center stack is so plain, all the dials and controls are easy to find and operate.

The Nitro was new to the scene in 2007, and it hasn’t gotten any massive upgrades for 2009. Some new things you’ll see include standard floor mats on all models, auto unlock at exit, rear dome lamp and a Deep Water Blue Pearl coat that replaces the Modern Blue Pearl Coat.

While I didn’t necessarily like the Nitro for myself, I can’t altogether pooh-pooh it. There is a lot to recommend it … if you’re not around 5-feet tall. Four-wheel drive at a decent price can be hard to come by. And when you combine that with the bold, unique styling and SUV utility, well, that’s worth a second look.




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As of today our friends over at ALLPAR have updated their very complete Nitro Site will all specifications and history of our favorite truck. Everything including pictures a introduction video of the new 07 Nitro. Check it out!

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2011 Dodge Nitro: High on Image

Assault on conformity (Philippines)

Thursday, 26 March 2009

DRIVE LOUD AND LOOK THE PART No matter the view, the Dodge Nitro’s shape calls attention in a big way, whether it’s the hot-rod look, the aggressive fender flares or the 20-inch chrome rims.

IN the Metro Manila concrete jungle, the norm is to follow the status quo of conformity. But if you’re the type that goes against the flow, the best way to attack the status quo (from an auto owner’s viewpoint) is to drive a vehicle that calls attention to one’s self in more ways than one—like the Dodge Nitro.

Let’s start with the exterior. It’s the proportions that get the attention and, ultimately, make the SUV stand out. The high beltline (with huge 20-inch wheels) and a wide stance covered by aggressive flares are impossible to ignore, even if you don’t like SUVs. The monochromatic rust orange paint on the test unit doesn’t hurt either. And don’t forget the fake vents on the Nitro’s front-quarter panels, which look disturbingly similar to the vents on the Range Rover Sport.

But it takes more than jaw-dropping looks to compete. You’ve got to be all things to all people, to be big enough to haul the family and its accessories and small enough to not punch a truck-sized hole in the wind. The Nitro answers the call, but for some reason doesn’t go all out. The front seats are comfortable (read: soft) and provide an upright driving position, but feel a little bit like they’re inflatable until you adjust to sitting on them rather than in them. Rear-seat legroom is sufficient for adults, while radio and aircon controls are all logically placed and easy to use via large knobs. Instrumentation is arranged logically in three binnacles, with the speedometer in the center, tachometer on the right and fuel and temperature gauges on the left. Other controls, specifically the hard-to-find hazard button (under the aircon controls) and the emergency brake handle, don’t feel designed for human use. The latter is too thin; grabbing it is like grabbing a knife handle. The rest of the interior materials, especially the hard plastic on the dash and in the cargo area, is abundant and looks a little cheap. There are, however, plenty of small bins and storage areas.

Speaking of storage, its 60/40-split rear seat folds flat (as does the front passenger seat) providing great space for long items. The rear hatch is easy to reach, even for the vertically challenged. There’s a sliding cargo tray (billed as Load ‘N Go) behind the rear seat that extends over the rear bumper and can accommodate 400 pounds. However, the tray is only semi-useful; its versatility could be greatly increased with the ability to slide out another 10 inches, even if it means cutting its capacity in half.

The 3.7L V6 takes some time to get into the powerband’s low end. Then again, that’s hardly surprising given the 1867 kg curb weight (and the additional unsprung weight of people and items) that the engine has to move. But when the Nitro has momentum it can go mighty fast, going up to 200 kph. The bad news? Hauling all that mass puts a strain on fuel consumption (6.41 km/l, four days mixed driving), and the four-speed A/T has a tendency to upshift too early, which affects acceleration.

Given the looks of the unit, handling isn’t a strong point. Its front suspension is under-damped, which allows excessive body motion over bumps and freeway undulations. It may be good for US highways, but for the near off-road conditions of Metro Manila tarmac, the damping raises concerns. Timid suspension tuning aside, the Nitro’s aggressive stability control system reins hard cornering heavily, holding traction up to 83 to 85 kph. Also, its steering is slow and doesn’t offer much feedback.

Much like its handling aspect, safety is also middling. Brake grip is strong, but handbrake grip is very weak. You have to pull up the latter close to 45 degrees to get decent bite. There are parking sensors at the rear but none in front, and with the small side mirrors parallel parking can be tricky. The low roofline also creates blind spots at the rear.

The Dodge Nitro may be lacking in certain areas, but it certainly isn’t found wanting in making itself (and its owner) known throughout the metro. In short, it’s the perfect assault on conformity.
 

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Nitro wins Mid-Size Sport Utility segment

AutoPacific Survey Says Dodge Nitro and Jeep(R) Wrangler Owners Recommend Their Vehicles





- Dodge Nitro wins Mid-Size Sport Utility segment

- Jeep Wrangler earns top honors in the Compact SUV/Off-Road Vehicle category

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Two Chrysler LLC vehicles are on AutoPacific's survey of the most highly recommended vehicles. According to the survey released today, owners of the Dodge Nitro and the Jeep(R) Wrangler enjoyed their vehicles enough that they would recommend them to a friend or relative.

"We are very pleased that the Dodge Nitro and the Jeep Wrangler have won high praise from their owners," said Doug Betts, Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, Chrysler LLC. "As this study shows, owners who have confidence in their vehicles and are pleased with their ownership experience will share that message with those around them. This is further evidence that the huge improvements in quality which we have made in the last year have not gone unnoticed by our customers."

The Dodge Nitro was the top recommended vehicle in the Mid-Size Sport Utility segment. Since its introduction in 2007, the Dodge Nitro has ignited the mid-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment with its bold, aggressive styling and performance to match. Nitro offers all the mid-size SUV must-haves: space, functionality and flexibility.

The iconic Jeep Wrangler earned top honors in the Compact SUV/Off-Road Vehicle category. The two-door Wrangler is the brand icon, remaining true to its heritage as the original, extreme fun and freedom machine even after more than 65 years.

AutoPacific, an automotive marketing research and product-consulting firm which has provided automotive analysis to carmakers since 1986, based its findings on a just-completed comprehensive survey of more than 25,000 consumers who purchased or leased new cars or light trucks in the period from September to December 2008.

AutoPacific's research objectively measures owner recommendations with newly purchased or leased passenger cars or light trucks by ranking new owners' responses to the question, "Would you recommend your new vehicle to a friend or relative?" Scores are based on the responses, ranging from "Yes, definitely," "Yes, with reservations," or "No."

About the Dodge Brand

With a work-hard, play-hard attitude, the Dodge brand continues to offer a full line of cars, trucks, SUVs, commercial vehicles and a sales-leading, fifth-generation minivan in 2009. Dodge will soon add to its award-winning Ram lineup with the introduction of the all-new 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 Heavy Duty and 3500 Chassis Cab.

Dodge introduced several new vehicles last year, including the all-new 2009 Dodge Journey, the 2009 Dodge Challenger and the 2009 Dodge Ram. Dodge also celebrated the 25th anniversary of the minivan during the 2009 model year. With more than 65 minivan-firsts introduced since 1983 and more than 12 million Dodge and Chrysler minivans sold, Chrysler LLC has solidified its leadership in the segment. The 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan continues to set the mark in minivan value with more than 40 new or improved features from the previous generation, including unsurpassed 17 city / 25 highway mpg fuel economy. The 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan is also the first minivan in the segment to feature the all-new Blind-Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path advance safety systems.

Also in 2008, the Dodge Journey entered key volume markets outside North America, joining the Dodge Avenger, Nitro and Caliber. Dodge Caliber was the highest sales volume vehicle for the company outside North America in 2008.

About the Jeep Brand

Staying true to its strong values and character, the Jeep(R) brand is purpose-built for adventurous lifestyles. With 68 years of legendary 4x4 capability, the Jeep brand continues to fulfill promises of adventure, liberation and independence for those who truly embrace life, whether traveling on- or off-road. The ruggedness and responsiveness of Jeep vehicles provide owners with a sense of security to handle any situation with confidence.

For 2009, the brand's legendary Go Anywhere, Do Anything(TM) heritage is maintained with the addition of more interior refinement, comfort and technology in the widest range of sport-utility vehicles (SUV) under one brand. The Jeep product line includes the brand icon, the Jeep Wrangler; the four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited; the popular mid-size Jeep Liberty (Cherokee outside North America); the venerable Jeep Grand Cherokee; the seven-passenger Jeep Commander; and the Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass with all-new redesigned interiors and fuel economy of 28 mpg.


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Nitro: Employee News

Survey: Nitro, Wrangler get top recommendations

Posted Wednesday, May 13, 2009, 11:05 am in Employee News

Last modified on Wednesday, May 13, 2009, 11:06 am.

Two Chrysler LLC vehicles are on AutoPacific’s survey of the most highly recommended vehicles.

According to the survey released yesterday, owners of the Dodge Nitro and the Jeep® Wrangler enjoyed their vehicles enough that they would recommend them to a friend or relative.


“We are very pleased that the Dodge Nitro and the Jeep Wrangler have won high praise from their owners,” Doug Betts, Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, said. “As this study shows, owners who have confidence in their vehicles and are pleased with their ownership experience will share that message with those around them. This is further evidence that the huge improvements in quality which we have made in the last year have not gone unnoticed by our customers.”

The Nitro was the top recommended vehicle in the mid-size sport-utility segment. Since its introduction in 2007, the Nitro has ignited the mid-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment with its bold, aggressive styling and performance to match. Nitro offers all the mid-size SUV must-haves: space, functionality and flexibility.

The iconic Wrangler earned top honors in the compact SUV/off-road vehicle category. The two-door Wrangler is the brand icon, remaining true to its heritage as the original, extreme fun and freedom machine even after more than 65 years.

AutoPacific, an automotive marketing research and product-consulting firm which has provided automotive analysis to carmakers since 1986, based its findings on a just-completed comprehensive survey of more than 25,000 consumers who purchased or leased new cars or light trucks in the period from September to December 2008.

AutoPacific’s research objectively measures owner recommendations with newly purchased or leased passenger cars or light trucks by ranking new owners’ responses to the question, “Would you recommend your new vehicle to a friend or relative?” Scores are based on the responses, ranging from “Yes, definitely,” “Yes, with reservations,” or “No.”
 

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Bahrain Nitro R/T Review

[May 23, 2009]

Nitro packed with power [Gulf Daily News, Manama, Bahrain]

(Gulf Daily News (Bahrain) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge)

May 23--Dodge is muscling in on a market crowded with mid-sized sport utility vehicles (SUVs), with the Nitro R/T.

It is the first of its kind to be offered in Bahrain by the iconic brand and is bound to shake up the competition.

The Nitro R/T does not have the usual frills but offers in their place raw power and practicality -- essential features for a winning combination, at a relatively affordable price.

I was not keen at first, thinking the R/T would be like so many other SUVs -- but I was wrong.

This is a powerhouse that combines muscle with style and fun with practicality.

Its four-litre, V6 engine is packed with 'attitude' and since the vehicle is smaller than most others in its class, it packs quite a punch.

The distinctive style, sporty performance and cargo flexibility is no mean achievement and once behind the wheel, it feels no less than a full-sized SUV.

It felt even better because this was the first time I was handling a Dodge -- having at the last minute changed my mind about buying one, a few years ago.

I cannot say I regretted that decision, but a few days with the R/T made me wonder whether I would have been actually better off.

But coming back to the R/T, it is not just another mid-size SUV with rather mundane looks.

Instead, the bold styling and masculine swagger of Dodge is hot-wired into the vehicle, inside and out.

It is designed and engineered to ignite a segment characterised by bland, mild-mannered entries and spearheads the Dodge brand's entry into this market.

Of course, the look is not the only thing that stands out with the R/T.

It is also a functional automobile, with its spacious interior offering room for five passengers, innovative cargo features and the seating and storage flexibility to handle the needs of all those inside and their gear.

The R/T has 20-inch aluminium platinum clad wheels and performance tyres would have any driver using the phrases "sporty" and "SUV" in the same sentence.

It has well-appointed in digital entertainment and communication technologies, including MP3, CD, DVD, USB, VES (Video Entertainment System).

A new multi-media infotainment system allows customers to use touch screen or voice commands and includes a 20-gigabyte hard drive where music and photos can be stored.

The R/T owes its masculine appearance to a number of elements: the signature Dodge crosshair grille with its three-dimensional ram's head, prominent fender flares, substantial body size and high beltline.

Even the exterior mirrors and door handles are brawny.

On the inside, the R/T has supportive, comfortable and attractive two-tone seats. The front passenger seat folds flat, while the reclining rear seats fold 60/40.

Across from Nitro's beefy four-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel is a three-pod, four-gauge instrument panel.

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The gauges are black with grey and white graphics and orange pointers, creating a look of technical precision.

Storage is plentiful, with a centre console, driver and passenger side-door compartments and a map pocket behind the driver's seat.



The 'load and go floor' at the back of the vehicle is an innovation.

This sliding panel holds up to 400 pounds and is ideal for loading and unloading packages and other items.

A reversible, moulded cargo load floor, durable and washable, is standard on the Nitro. The engine delivers 260 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 265 lb-ft (359 Nm) of torque at 4,200 rpm.

It also provides more power and torque, with emphasis on low-and mid-range operation, to meet the needs of the day-to-day driver. This very capable unit is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, featuring electronic range select driver-interactive shift control.

Another impressive feature is the coil-spring, independent front suspension and a five-link, coil-spring rear suspension.

The emphasis is on responsive, fun-to-drive handling, accompanied by a firm ride.

This system features a revised sway bar, springs, shocks and bushings for improved cornering and increased traction.

This was very much in evidence when I went back to my newly-discovered 'test track' off the Durrat highway.

The R/T took to the dunes as if it was made for them, in the company of scores of other SUV enthusiasts out putting their vehicles to the test.

It was great fun and has obviously become such a regular weekend haunt for drivers that there were even police on hand in case of mishaps.

The R/T, like any other Dodge, is no stranger to the importance of safety with a full range of active and passive safety systems.

Standard equipment includes an Electronic Stability Programme, Electronic Roll Mitigation, All-speed Traction Control, Brake Assist, Advanced Anti-lock Brakes and Side-curtain Air Bags.

A flip side to this is that the side air bags have been known to deploy on extremely steep off-road drives!Overall, I felt here was an extremely responsive vehicle, perfectly suited for city and off-road experiences but, at the same time, it would not have taken much more effort to have made the interior a little plusher.

But that, perhaps, would have told on the overall cost. You cannot get everything all the time!The Nitro R/T is available at its dealers Behbehani Brothers, Sitra, and Ahmed Zayani and Sons, Zinj, with prices starting from BD10,600.

LINK:Nitro packed with power [Gulf Daily News, Manama, Bahrain]
 

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'09 Dodge Nitro Remains Bold

Friday, May 29, 2009

'09 Dodge Nitro remains a bold, fresh midsize SUV


From the day Dodge first introduced us to its all-new Nitro, they promised it would never be another sleep-inducing, mild-styled midsize sport utility vehicle. They never broke their promise.

Dodge hasn't altered the appearance of its three-year-old Nitro, so it's hard to break that promise. The only thing new on the exterior is its Deep Water Blue Pearl paint. But the fact is the 2009 Dodge Nitro remains a chiseled piece of masculine Dodge bravado that looks fresh and is easily appreciated by those drawn to overconfident looks.

It's the outrageous wheel arches bulging with pumped, two-fisted confidence that provide the eye-popping wake-up, sit-up and take-notice quality that shows just how bold a midsize utility vehicle can be. My test vehicle, the Nitro R/T, presented a forceful expression with its 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels. Short front overhangs and wheels pushed to the corners injected the Nitro's assertive stance with added purposeful capability.

The Nitro 4x4 tester had a base price of $25,920. The R/T package and other options drive the bottom line to $33,580. Powering the Nitro R/T 4x4 was an optional 24-valve, 4.0-liter V-6 engine. This performance-oriented power plant coupled to an automatic five-speed with overdrive was rated to produce 260 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 265 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,200 rpm. Fuel economy typical of the 4x4 midsize SUV category was at 16 miles per gallon city and 20 mpg highway. The 4.0L is also offered in 2WD and gets EPA ratings of 16/21 mpg.

Dodge offers the Nitro in SE and SLT trims that are standard-equipped with a 12-valve, 3.7-liter V-6 mated to a four-speed automatic. The 3.7L generates 210 horsepower and 235 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2WD version is rated 16/22 mpg; the 4WD at 15/21 mpg.

The midsize Dodge can be ordered with the trailer tow group, allowing the vehicle to tow up to 3,500 pounds. With a weight-distribution hitch, the tow rating goes to 5,000 pounds. Without any tow equipment, the Nitro can only trailer 2,000 pounds.

Don't let the big-block boxy look of the Nitro fool you. This SUV with a base curb weight of 4,204 pounds is surprisingly easy to maneuver around town and in tight spaces with its curb-to-curb turning diameter of 36.3 feet. That measurement is more in line of what a sedan would do.

"User-friendly" is a design strength that Dodge designers wanted to achieve for its Nitro. One of the biggest convenience elements in the Nitro is its Load 'N Go cargo floor that is standard on SLT and R/T Nitro models. The sliding cargo floor extends 18 inches outward, so that you don't have to reach far or nearly climb into the rear when unloading items from the cargo section. The sliding floor can hold 400 pounds of stuff. If you don't have the bed of a pickup truck available for carrying longer items, then don't sweat it. The Nitro has fold-flat second-row seats and a fold-flat front passenger seat.

Chassis improvements have been made to the 2009 Nitro. Dodge says it has retuned the springs and shocks and added stiffer rear-axle shafts for a more precise steering and linear feel when driving. A performance-tuned suspension on the SLT and R/T gives a firm ride. A sport suspension on the SE is designed to be responsive yet comfortable. Electronic stability control is standard for 2009 on the Nitro, as are anti-lock brakes and traction control, front airbags and side curtain airbags.

AutoPacific announced in May that owners named the Dodge Nitro as the "top recommended" vehicle in the midsize SUV segment.

Article Link:'09 Dodge Nitro remains a bold, fresh midsize SUV - Washington Times
 

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Nitro retains its brawny good looks for 2009 (Review)

June 2, 2009


The Dodge Nitro is a lot like a gladiator that time has not managed to change. While so many in this class of SUV get the vanilla aerodynamic swirl treatment to their exteriors, Dodge’s Ram moniker shows toughness by keeping Nitro’s lines lean and edgy. This is an SUV that wears its emotions on its sleeve – and I like that.

For the 2009 model year, the Dodge Nitro continues to offer a brawny, upright, in-your-face exterior with unique styling cues that separate it significantly from the rest of the competition.

While many manufacturers are tweaking the sheet metal on their SUVs to make them a bit more aerodynamic, Dodge has left Nitro’s physique alone.

While many manufacturers are tweaking the sheet metal on their SUVs to make them a bit more aerodynamic, Dodge has left Nitro’s physique alone.

I like that. I also like Nitro’s prominent fender flares, high beltline and aggressive crosshair grille. However, I don’t like Nitro’s outside door handles. They’re borrowed from Nitro’s Jeep cousin, the Liberty, and require pushing in with your thumb while pulling outward on the handle.

That’s usually not a problem for me, but trying to open the doors while my arms were full of packages proved to be a bit awkward and challenging.

Looking at Nitro, you’d be surprised to know that it’s derived from a modified Jeep Liberty platform.

Although the Liberty is a true off-roader, the hunkered-down styling of the Nitro makes it better suited for on-road excursions.

The Nitro is the most awesome-looking SUV in its class, and I especially like it in the R/T trim that features a paint-to-match grille and 20-inch chrome-clad wheels.

Slipping into Nitro’s cabin was a bit of a disappointment for me. The front seats have narrow foot wells, especially on the driver’s side. Also, there’s an abundance of cheap-looking plastic.

Seating is upright, and the seats are a tad on the firm side. However, Nitro is versatile. Its front passenger seat can fold flat, as well as the 65/35 split rear seat. The rear seats also recline. There are four different lean angles, and they can double as a bench for tailgating.

Also, there’s an available sliding rear cargo floor known as Load ’N Go. It handles up to 400 pounds and makes loading and unloading packages much easier.

A benefit of being low to the ground is Nitro’s tailgate, which doesn’t require a pull strap or step ladder to reach when closing.

Nitro buyers can opt for goodies like a navigation radio with a 20-gigabyte hard drive and rear entertainment system. Nitro also features a 115-volt and two 12-volt power outlets.

For 2009, there are three trim levels: SE, SLT and R/T. Dodge dropped the SXT trim. All of the trims can be ordered as rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

The SE and SLT feature a 210-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. The R/T comes standard with a larger and more powerful 260-horsepower 4.0-liter V-6 engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The six-speed manual transmission is no longer offered in Nitro.

My Nitro tester was an SE with four-wheel drive. The 3.7-liter V-6 engine was good enough when traveling by myself. But when loaded down with four adults and their gear, my Nitro SE 4x4 labored when trying to pass slower vehicles on the highway.

The fuel economy rating for the SE 4x4 is 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway; the tester seemed to like gasoline more than I did. I swear I could see the gauge moving toward empty as I was driving.

On the plus side, Nitro’s ride is pleasingly comfortable and quiet for this class. All Nitros include the standard electronic stability program, and four-wheel drive models further improve foul-weather traction. Nitro can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

2009 DODGE NITRO SE 4X4

ENGINE: 210-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6

TRANSMISSION: four-speed automatic

DRIVETRAIN: four-wheel drive

FUEL ECONOMY: 15 city/21 highway

BASE PRICE: $23,100

AS TESTED: $25,100 (including $695 for destination)

WEB SITE: Official Dodge Site - New Autos, Trucks, Minivans, SUVs, Cars, Wagons

Article Link:Dodge Nitro does battle with SUV competition : SearchChicago Autos : Ira Siegel
 

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These are my favorite Nitro pictures! When I found these on the “Net” well over one year ago I printed them out, framed them, and put on my computer desk. Yes I might be prejudice owning a Stone White Nitro, but this Startech Nitro is inspiring.

Don’t remember doing an Internet Search before but just found this Firm’s Web Site and some interesting info. I knew they were from Germany but was surprised that not only did they do the Nitro, but also modified and sold parts for Caliber, Avenger, Chrysler 300 and Jeep. This may be old news to some, but their “On-line “photo gallery that includes concept cars can be a real motivator in ideals to modify your ride. I also did not know that they had an International Dealer Network that even includes Canada and the US. Check them out if you have not already and ENJOY!

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2009 Dodge Nitro Offers Space, Functionality and Flexibility in Mid-size SUV Segment



Auburn Hills, Mich. , Sep 1, 2008 -

Since its introduction in 2007, the Dodge Nitro has ignited the mid-size sport-utility (SUV) segment with its bold, aggressive styling and performance to match. It offers all the mid-size SUV must-haves: space, functionality and flexibility. Nitro’s fold-flat first-row passenger seat and second-row seats offer a variety of loading options. The Load ’N Go™ cargo floor slides 18 inches rearward for easy loading and unloading and holds as much as 400 pounds. Combined with its spacious five-passenger interior, these features give the 2009 Dodge Nitro distinctive style, sporty performance and cargo flexibility.

The Dodge Nitro is the first mid-size SUV for the Dodge brand and complements its lineup of cars, minivans, trucks, commercial vehicles and a full-size SUV.


Chassis improvements for 2009 Dodge Nitro include stiffer rear axle shafts, retuned springs, shocks, anti-roll bars and steering gear valve. These enhancements provide a more precise, linear feel and improve steering and handling. Additional improvements to brake pedal feel are achieved through a retuned booster, low rollback calipers and a revised brake pedal ratio.

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2009

Exterior:

* Deep Water Blue Pearl Coat replaces Modern Blue Pearl Coat

Interior:

* Floor mats standard on all models
* Standard Auto Unlock at exit
* Rear dome lamp standard on all models
* Remote express-open front windows standard on SLT and R/T models

Powertrain / Chassis:

* Standard automatic transmission
* Retuned muffler on 4.0L V-6 engine
* Stiffer rear axle shafts for more precise, linear vehicle handling
* Retuned springs, shocks, anti-roll bars, steering gear valve and stiffer rear axles improve steering and handling
* Retuned booster, low rollback calipers and revised brake pedal ratio improve brake pedal feel

Packages:

* uconnect gps (which includes auto-dimming rearview mirror with microphone, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and uconnect phone)
* Rear DVD Entertainment System (which includes gaming system and wireless headphones)
* Trailer Tow Group (which includes heavy-duty engine cooling, power steering cooler, Class III receiver hitch, four-pin connector wiring and full-size spare tire)
* Premium Sound Group (which includes Infinity® speakers and subwoofer plus 6-disc CD radio)
* Convenience Group (which includes ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System, Remote Start and uconnect phone)
* SE Sun and Wheel Group (which includes sun roof and 17-inch polished chrome wheels)
* SLT Sun and Wheel Group (which includes sun roof, 20-inch chrome clad wheels and performance suspension)

DESIGN
To achieve a distinctive, bold appearance unlike anything in its segment, Dodge Nitro designers incorporated design elements and themes that are 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. There are three models – Dodge Nitro SE, Dodge Nitro SLT and Dodge Nitro R/T.

Basic to every Dodge vehicle is the bold crosshair grille, which is just one of many design elements that define the cool persona and tough attitude of Dodge Nitro. The grille is emblazoned with a hefty three-dimensional ram’s head. Jewel-like rectangular headlamps prominently wrap the corners of the vehicle, and a clamshell hood with strong character lines completes 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 complement the vehicle’s modern design and contemporary flair. Short front and rear overhangs, not typical of a mid-size SUV, contribute to the vehicle’s forceful expression. Wheels pushed to the corners, with powerful-looking wheel arches, convey Nitro’s confident stance. Twenty-inch, chrome-clad aluminum wheels and tires are standard on the Dodge Nitro R/T and optional on the Dodge Nitro SLT.

The interior of the five-passenger Dodge Nitro is spacious, functional and flexible. The headliner allows maximum head room, and there is plenty of leg room for first- and second-row passengers.

The Dodge Nitro SLT and Dodge Nitro R/T have chrome details on the steering wheel, instrument cluster, center console, HVAC controls and door handles. The gear shifter and control buttons are substantial in size and bold by design.

The Dodge Nitro has a fold-flat front passenger seat, as well as fold-flat second-row seats. Second-row seats also recline for added passenger comfort. The standard Load ’N Go™ cargo floor on the Dodge Nitro SLT and Dodge Nitro R/T slides 18 inches rearward for easy and convenient loading and unloading of packages. The Load ’N Go cargo floor can hold 400 pounds and is made of a heavy-duty plastic for easy cleaning. A reversible load floor is standard on the Dodge Nitro SE models and a compact utility table is optional.


ENGINEERING
Chassis improvements for 2009 Dodge Nitro include stiffer rear axle shafts, retuned springs, shocks, anti-roll bars and steering gear valve. These enhancements provide a more precise, linear feel when driving and improve steering and handling. Additional improvements to brake pedal feel are achieved through a retuned booster, low rollback calipers and a revised brake pedal ratio.

Two Powerful Engines:

3.7-liter SOHC V-6
The 3.7-liter SOHC standard V-6 engine on the 2009 Dodge Nitro SE and SLT models is efficient, durable and smooth. It produces 210 hp (157 kW) @ 5,200 rpm and 235 lb.-ft. (319 N•m) of torque @ 4,000 rpm. Refinements in the valve train and combustion chamber enhance low-speed torque, while providing a smooth idle and minimal engine noise. A sophisticated electronic throttle control 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. There is also an exhaust gas recirculation valve on the engine that helps increase fuel economy.

4.0-liter SOHC V-6
The performance-oriented, 4.0-liter single-overhead-cam (SOHC) V-6 engine that is standard on the Dodge Nitro R/T model is designed to provide the power and torque required to make the vehicle a leader in the mid-size SUV segment. The engine delivers 260 hp (194 kW) @ 6,000 rpm and 265 lb.-ft. (359 N•m) of torque @ 4,200 rpm. The 4.0-liter SOHC V-6 engine provides more power and torque than the 3.5-liter engine on which it is based with an emphasis on low- and mid-range operation to meet the needs of the day-to-day driver.

For key diesel markets outside North America, the Dodge Nitro is offered with a diesel engine.

Two Suspension Systems
The 2009 Dodge Nitro features a coil-spring independent front suspension and a five-link, coil-spring 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 maintains consistent ride quality, especially when the vehicle is loaded or towing a trailer.

Sport Suspension
Dodge Nitro SE features a sport suspension that delivers responsive handling with a comfortable ride. This tuning offers a strong balance between ride comfort and nimble, confidence-inspiring handling. The sport suspension is designed to appeal to a cross section of buyers looking for comfort and solid on-road performance.

Performance Suspension
A performance suspension is offered on the Dodge Nitro SLT and R/T models. This suspension emphasizes 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.

Steering System
The effort, feel and response on the Dodge Nitro’s rack-and-pinion steering system are tuned for each available suspension and 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.

Choice of Two Transmissions
Two transmissions are offered on the Dodge Nitro: a four-speed automatic and a five-speed automatic.

Part-time Four-wheel Drive
The Dodge Nitro features a part-time four-wheel-drive system. Two-wheel- and four-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.

Exceptional Braking Capability
Four-wheel-disc, anti-lock brakes (ABS) are standard on the Dodge Nitro. The vehicle’s larger rotors contribute to excellent stopping and handling capability. All-speed traction control is standard on the Dodge Nitro and is engineered to transfer torque from one wheel to another on the same axle when wheel slip conditions are detected.

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


PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS
The Dodge Nitro’s bold, powerful, street-smart design statement has ignited the mid-size SUV segment, which is typically characterized by conservative styling

* Dodge Nitro’s design is unlike any mid-size SUV on the road today. The Dodge Nitro’s bold styling and aggressive stance are what make the vehicle stand out in a crowd
* Signature Dodge crosshair grille, deep body section, high beltline and strong wheel forms add to the vehicle’s confidence
* It has attitude

Dodge Nitro is the first mid-size SUV for Dodge and complements the brand’s lineup of passenger cars, minivans, trucks, commercial vehicles and a full-size SUV

* As the first mid-size SUV for the brand, Dodge Nitro personifies the bold, powerful and street-smart attitude of Dodge
* The Dodge Nitro continues the brand’s history of creating game-changing products and features

The five-passenger Dodge Nitro is designed to attract a customer seeking distinctive style, sporty performance and cargo flexibility

* The interior of the five-passenger Dodge Nitro is spacious, functional and flexible for people and cargo
* The Dodge Nitro has innovative cargo seating flexibility and seats five passengers comfortably. The vehicle offers fold-flat front-passenger and second-row seats. Second-row seats recline for added passenger comfort
* Dodge Nitro offers two cargo floors – a reversible load floor standard on Dodge Nitro SE and Load ’N Go™ cargo floor standard on Dodge Nitro SLT and Dodge Nitro R/T
* The Dodge Nitro offers three models – Nitro SE, Nitro SLT and Nitro R/T
* The Dodge Nitro R/T’s 4.0-liter SOHC V-6 engine, performance suspension and 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels and performance tires redefine the mid-size SUV driving experience
* Options include Remote Start, ParkSense,® uconnect gps (which includes a 30-gigabyte hard drive for storing as many as 6,700 MP3, AAC or WMA compressed format songs and JPEG photos onto the hard drive, navigation and real-time traffic. In addition, movies can be displayed on the screen for entertaining passengers when the vehicle is in Park. The system also includes an integrated voice recognition system and touch screen for easy operation, premium speakers and a subwoofer)
* Excellent acceleration, braking and handling

The 2009 Dodge Nitro features a performance suspension for improved cornering and increased traction and an independent front and five-link rear suspension system

* All-speed traction control is standard
* Two V-6 engines are offered:
o 3.7-liter SOHC V-6 delivers 210 hp (157 kW) @ 5,200 rpm and 235 lb.-ft. (360 N•m) of torque @ 4,000 rpm
o 4.0-liter SOHC V-6 delivers 260 hp (194 kW) @ 6,000 rpm and 265 lb.-ft. (359 N•m) of torque @ 4,200 rpm
* Standard safety and security features include Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM) and side-curtain air bags

Dodge Nitro is designed to expand the Dodge brand’s presence in international markets

* The Dodge brand is expanding to Europe and volume markets overseas, and the Dodge Nitro is part of that expansion
* The vehicle is available in markets outside North America in left-hand and in right-hand drive applications
* The Dodge Nitro’s front fascia, rear fascia, taillamps and headlamps are designed to meet international requirements
* The Dodge Nitro is offered with a diesel engine in key diesel markets outside North America

MODEL LINEUP

2009 Dodge Nitro SE

Standard features:

* 3.7-liter SOHC V-6 engine
* Four-speed automatic transmission
* Chrome grille
* 16-inch Steel wheels
* P225/75R16 all-season BSW tires
* ABS
* Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM)
* All-speed traction control
* Sport suspension system
* Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM)
* Roof rack side rails
* Low-back, two-toned cloth seats
* Supplemental side curtain air bags in the first and second rows
* AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo
* Fold-flat front-passenger seat
* Reclining rear seats
* Power folding mirrors
* 12-volt power outlet
* Cargo floor with a reversible cargo tray
* uconnect studios SIRIUS Satellite Radio

2009 Dodge Nitro SE

Optional features:

* Part-time four-wheel-drive system
* 17-inch aluminum wheels
* P235/65R17 outline white letters (OWL) all-terrain tires
* Leather-wrapped steering wheel with speed control
* Deep tinted glass
* Fog lamps
* Sun roof
* Compass/temperature display
* HomeLink Universal Home Security System Transceiver
* Body-color fender flares, fascias and bodyside molding
* Travel Group: Trailer tow, security alarm and full-size spare

2009 Dodge Nitro SLT

Standard Features

In addition to standard and optional features on the Dodge Nitro SE, the SLT model includes:

* P235/65R17 VSB performance tires
* Load ’N Go™ cargo floor
* Two-tone seats with Stain Repel Seat Fabric
* Six-way power driver seat
* Tire pressure display
* Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC)
* Power and heated folding exterior mirrors
* Leather-wrapped steering wheel with remote audio controls
* Express-up driver window and express-down driver and passenger window
* Chrome interior accents on door handles, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and center stack

2009 Dodge Nitro SLT

Optional features:

* 17-inch polished chrome aluminum wheels
* 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels and tires with performance suspension
* Rear DVD entertainment system
* uconnect tunes
* Leather, heated seats
* Convenience Group: Remote Start, ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System, uconnect phone
* Premium Sound Group: Six-disc CD/AM/FM radio, premium speakers

2009 Dodge Nitro R/T

Standard Features

In addition to standard and optional features on the Dodge Nitro SLT, the R/T model includes:

* 4.0-liter SOHC V-6 engine
* Five-speed automatic transmission
* Performance suspension
* P245/50R20 VSB performance tires
* Body-color grille with bright billets
* Body-color air dam and sill molding
* R/T logo on the front seats with stitching

2009 Dodge Nitro R/T

Optional features:

* Two-tone seats are available with all R/T colors; Blue only with Deepwater Blue, Red only with Inferno Red and Orange only with Sunburst Orange
* Monochrome and Slate leather, heated seats with red stitching and R/T logo

2009 DODGE NITRO SAFETY AND SECURITY EQUIPMENT
Please refer to the Safety and Security Glossary for descriptions of the following available features:

* Advanced Multi-stage Air Bags
* All-speed Traction Control
* Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
* Auto-reverse Sun Roof – Anti-pinch
* Auto-reverse Windows – Anti-pinch
* BeltAlert
* Brake Assist
* Brake/Park Interlock
* Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH)
* Child-protection Rear Door Locks
* Crumple Zones
* Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM)
* Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
* Energy-absorbing Steering Column
* Height-adjustable Seat Belts
* HomeLink Universal Home Security System Transceiver
* Interior Head-impact Protection
* Knee Bolsters
* Occupant Classification System (OCS)
* ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System
* Remote Keyless Entry
* Seat Belt Pretensioners
* Security Alarm
* Sentry Key® Engine Immobilizer
* Supplemental Side-curtain Air Bags
* Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM)
* Trailer Sway Control
* uconnect phone

COLOR AVAILABILITY

* Deep Water Blue Pearl Coat (New)
* Brilliant Black Clear Coat
* Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat
* Inferno Red Crystal Pearl Coat
* Light Graystone Pearl Coat
* Stone White Clear Coat
* Sunburst Orange Pearl Coat

MANUFACTURING INFORMATION

* 2009 model year production start: July 2008
* Production location: Toledo North Assembly Plant in Toledo, Ohio
* 3.7-liter SOHC V-6 engine: Mack Avenue Engine Complex in Detroit
* 4.0-liter SOHC V-6 engine: Trenton Engine Plant in Trenton, Mich.
* Six-speed manual transmission: Gaggenau Transmission Plant in Gaggenau, Germany (for export diesel models only)
* Four-speed automatic transmission: Kokomo Transmission Plant in Kokomo, Ind.
* Five-speed automatic transmission: Indiana Transmission Plant II in Kokomo, Ind.

MARKETING POSITION
In a mid-size SUV segment dominated by bland, feminized designs, Nitro breaks the rules with a strong and imposing yet urbane style, uniquely asserting confidence and capability to which men aspire and women appreciate.


MARKET ADVANTAGES

* Strong, distinctive and imposing style
* Sporty performance
* People and cargo flexibility

DEMOGRAPHICS

* Gender: 51 percent male/ 49 percent female
* Median Age: 48 years old
* Median Annual Household Income: $75,000
* Education: 39 percent with undergraduate/graduate degrees
* Household: 72 percent married/young families/couples

PRODUCT CHRONOLOGY

2008 MODEL

* Body-color fascia, flares and bodyside molding (SXT C Package, 2009 known as SE )
* 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
* Trailer Sway Control System
* ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System
* Travel Group: Trailer tow, security alarm and full-size spare
* Convenience Group: Remote Start, ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System, UConnect®
* Premium Sound Package: Six-disc CD/AM/FM radio, six premium speakers with subwoofer

2007 MODEL

* Initial introduction as a 2007 model
 

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DODGE NITRO
NEW FOR 2010
NO R/T Model

• Interactive Decel Fuel Shut Off (iDFSO) with 3.7-liter and 4-speed transmission

• Fuel-saver with "ECO" lamp indicator in cluster

• Standard front-row Active Head Restraints

• Standard air filtration system

• Six speakers (SE and SXT)

• Power-heated manual folding mirrors (SE and SXT)

• New Premium cloth seat trim with stain-repel seat fabric (SE and SXT model)

• Available new leather seat trim (SXT model)

• Standard body-colored grille with bright billets, body-colored sills and front air dam (SXT model)

• Express-up front-passenger window (SXT model)

• Security alarm (SXT model)

• Light Sandstone Metallic replaces Light Graystone Peal Coat exterior color

• New Pastel Pebble Beige interior (SXT)

• New Dark Pebble Beige interior (SE model)

2010 Dodge Nitro ignites Mid-size SUV Segment

Dodge Nitro is Dodge’s first mid-size SUV. With its bold styling and aggressive stance, Dodge Nitro is unlike any other mid-size SUV in the marketplace. For 2010, Dodge will offer two models – Dodge Nitro SE and SXT.

New for 2010 is interactive Decel Fuel Shut Off (iDFSO). iDFSO turns off fuel during vehicle deceleration, which improves fuel economy. This feature, standard on 3.7- and 4.0-liter engines, improves fuel economy without any noticeable changes in engine performance. In addition, the new Fuel-saver indicator displays when the vehicle is driven in a fuel-efficient manner, providing drivers with continuous fuel-consumption feedback.

The standard 3.7-liter V-6 engine on the 2010 Dodge Nitro SE and SXT models produce 210 hp (157 kW) @ 5,200 rpm and 235 lb.-ft. (319 N•m) of torque @ 4,000 rpm. An exhaust-gas recirculation valve helps increase fuel economy.

The 4.0-liter V-6 engine is optional on Dodge Nitro SXT. The engine delivers 260 hp (194 kW) @ 6,000 rpm and 265 lb.-ft. (359 N•m) of torque @ 4,200 rpm.

The 2010 Dodge Nitro features a coil-spring independent front suspension and a five-link, coil-spring rear suspension. The independent front suspension gives the driver an optimum combination of ride, handling and steering, which provides 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.
A performance suspension is optional on Dodge Nitro SXT. This suspension emphasizes responsive, fun-to-drive handling accompanied by a firm ride.
Dodge Nitro features a part-time four-wheel-drive system. Two-wheel- and four-wheel-drive lock modes are electronically controlled by a switch in the center console, which may be selected at any time with the part-time four-wheel drive system.

From a safety standpoint, four-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes (ABS), Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Brake Assist, Electronic-roll Mitigation (ERM) and All-speed traction control are standard.

Dodge Nitro
AT A GLANCE

Bold, powerful, street-smart design statement ignites mid-size SUV segment
• Dodge Nitro’s design is unlike any other mid-size SUV. Dodge Nitro’s bold styling and aggressive stance are what make the vehicle stand out in a crowd
• Signature Dodge crosshair grille, high beltline and strong wheel forms establish the vehicle’s confidence

Dodge Nitro is the first mid-size SUV for Dodge
• As the first mid-size SUV for the brand, Dodge Nitro personifies the bold, powerful and street-smart attitude of Dodge
• Dodge Nitro continues the brand’s history of creating game-changing products and features

Five-passenger Dodge Nitro designed to attract customers seeking distinctive style, sporty performance and cargo flexibility
• The interior of the five-passenger Dodge Nitro is spacious, functional and flexible for people and cargo
• Dodge Nitro has innovative cargo seating flexibility and fold-flat front-passenger and second-row seats. Second-row seats recline for added passenger comfort
• Two Dodge Nitro models – Nitro SE and Nitro SXT
• Dodge Nitro SXT’s optional 4.0-liter SOHC V-6 engine, performance suspension and 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels and performance tires redefine the mid-size SUV driving experience
• Dodge Nitro has optional towing package capable of towing up to 5,000 lbs
• Options include power sun roof, leather seats, heated front seats, remote start,
ParkSense® rear-park assist, Uconnect™ Phone, eight premium speakers, subwoofer and 368-watt amplifier, Uconnect Navigation

Excellent acceleration, braking and handling

• 2010 Dodge Nitro features a performance suspension for improved cornering and increased traction and an independent front and five-link rear suspension system

• Two V-6 engines are offered:
o 3.7-liter SOHC V-6 delivers 210 hp (157 kW) @ 5,200 rpm and 235 lb.-ft. (360 N•m) of torque @ 4,000 rpm

o 4.0-liter SOHC V-6 delivers 260 hp (194 kW) @ 6,000 rpm and 265 lb.-ft. (359 N•m) of torque @ 4,200 rpm

• Standard safety and security features include Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Brake assist, all-speed traction control, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Electronic-roll Mitigation (ERM), front-row active head restraints and front and side-curtain air bags

• The part time 4WD system operates in 2WD and 4WD lock. The 2WD position is for normal driving and achieves optimal fuel economy. It’s front drive-shaft is disengaged from the trasfer case and power is directed to the rear wheels. The 4WD lock position locks the front and rear wheels together and forces the front and rear wheels to rotate at the same speed. This position is intended for loose or slippery road surfaces only.

PRODUCT CHRONOLOGY
2009 MODEL YEAR
• TorRed Clear Coat
• Deep Water Blue Pearl Coat
• Floor mats standard on all models
• Standard Auto Unlock at exit
• Rear dome lamp standard on all models
• Remote express-open front windows standard on SLT and R/T models

• Standard automatic transmission
o Retuned muffler on 4.0L V-6 engine
o Stiffer rear axle shafts for more precise, linear vehicle handling
o Retuned springs, shocks, anti-roll bars, steering gear valve and stiffer rear axles improve steering and handling
o Retuned booster, low rollback calipers and revised brake pedal ratio improve brake pedal feel
o Uconnect Navigation (which includes auto-dimming rearview mirror with microphone, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and Uconnect Phone)
O Rear DVD Entertainment System (which includes gaming system and wireless headphones)
O Trailer Tow Group (which includes heavy-duty engine cooling, power steering cooler, Class III receiver hitch, four-pin connector wiring and full-size spare tire)
O Premium Sound Group (which includes Infinity® speakers and subwoofer plus 6-disc CD radio)
O Convenience Group (which includes ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System, Remote Start and uconnect phone)

2008 MODEL YEAR
• Body-color fascia, flares and body-side molding (SXT C Package, 2009 known as SE )
• 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
• Trailer-Sway Control System
• ParkSense® Rear-Park Assist System
• Travel Group: Trailer tow, security alarm and full-size spare
• Convenience Group: Remote Start, ParkSense® Rear-Park Assist System, Uconnect
• Premium Sound Package: Six-disc CD/AM/FM radio, six premium speakers with subwoofer

2007 MODEL YEAR
• Initial introduction as a 2007 model



LINKS:
2010 Chrysler Information
http://www.chryslergroupproductinformation2010.com/pressimages/ThumbSheets/03_Dodge_Photography.pdf
 

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2010 Dodge Nitro Specifications

2010 DODGE NITRO SPECIFICATIONS


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.

2010 Dodge Nitro
FEATURE AVAILABILITY


SE SXT
EXTERIOR
Badging
4x4 (4WD only) O O
4.0-liter — O
Nitro S S
SXT — S
Colors
Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Deep Water Blue Pearl Coat, Inferno Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Stone White Clear Coat, Light Sandstone Metallic, Natural Green Pearl Coat (late availability), Dark Charcoal Pearl Coat (late availability) O O
Fascias—Front and rear
Body-color S S
License Plate Brow
Black Mold-in Color S —
Chromed — S
Front Air Dam
Black S —
Painted Body Color — S
Side Sills
Black Mold-in Color S —
Painted Body Color — S
Fender Flares
Body-color S S
Fog Lamps S S
Glass
Solar Control glass S —
Sunscreen, deep-tinted O / P S
Windshield, tinted S S
Grille
Bright S —
Body-color with chromed billets — S
Headlamps—Halogen S S
Mirrors
Dual, power, heated, fold-away S S


SE SXT
Molding
Body-side, body-color S S
Rear window wiper/washer S S
Side Roof Rails S S
Sun Roof—Power O O
Windshield Wipers—Variable speed intermittent S S

INTERIOR
Air Filtration S S
Air Conditioning S S
Cargo Area
Lamp S S
Reversible load floor S S
Cargo Tie-down — S
Consoles
Floor (Full length console w/dual cupholders, arm rest, large storage bin with removable top tray and CD/DVD provisions) S S
Overhead — S
Defroster—Rear-window, electric S S
Door Locks—Speed-sensitive, power S S
Door—Trim Panels
Base S —
Premium — S
Floor Carpet S S
Floor Mats S S
Fuel-saver Indicator
ECO Mode in odometer S —
ECO on/off in EVIC — S
HomeLink universal transceiver — S
Instrument Cluster
Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) — S
Tachometer S S
Temperature, compass P S
Interior Colors
Dark Pebble Beige O —
Dark Slate Gray O —
Pastel Pebble Beige — O
Dark/Light Slate Gray — O
Interior Lighting
Courtesy lamps S S
Map/dome reading lamps S S
Illuminated entry S S
Mirror—Rearview
Day/night S —
Auto-dimming — S
Auto-dimming with microphone
(with Uconnect Phone) — P
Power Outlets
12-volt, instrument panel S S
Seats
Two-Tone Premium cloth buckets with stain-repel seat fabric S S
Front passenger, forward fold flat S S
Leather-trimmed front buckets (Includes heated front) — P
Manual seat adjustment S —
Power six-way adjustable driver’s — S
Rear—65/35 folding split-recline bench S S
Sound Systems/Navigation/Communication
AM/FM radio with CD player, MP3 S S
AM/FM radio with six-disc CD/DVD, MP3 — P
AM/FM radio with CD player, MP3, navigation — P
Uconnect Phone — P
SIRIUS Satellite Radio S S
Speakers
Six full-range speakers S S
Eight Infinity Speakers, subwoofer and 368-watt amplifier — P
Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls — S
Speed Control P S
Steering Column—Tilt S S
Steering Wheel
Urethane S —
Leather-wrapped — S
Sun Visors
Sliding shaft S S
With illuminated vanity mirrors P S
Windows
Power with driver one-touch S —
Power with driver and passenger one-touch up and down — 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 — O
Transmissions
Four-speed automatic S S
Five-speed automatic with 4.0 L Engine — P
Axles
Dana 30/186 mm front axle (4WD only) P P
Corporate 8.25 rear axle S S
Axle Ratio
3.73:1 (with four -speed automatic transmission) S S
3.21:1 (with five-speed automatic transmission) — P
Brakes
Four-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) S S
Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with all-speed traction control, Brake Assist and Electronic-roll Mitigation S S
Four-wheel-drive Systems (part-time) O O
Remote start — P
Steering—Power, rack-and-pinion S S
Suspension
Front—New short- and long-arm (SLA) S S
Rear—New five-link S S
Sport S S
Performance (with 4.0L Engine) — P
Tires(a)
P225/75R16 BSW all-season S —
P235/65R17 BSW all-season P S
P245/50R20 VSB all-season — P w/4.0L
O w/3.7L
Tires—Spare
Compact S S
Full-size with Steel Wheel P P
Wheels
16-inch x 7-inch steel S —
17-inch x 7-inch aluminum P S
20-inch x 7.5-inch aluminum chrome-clad — P w/4.0L
O w/3.7L

SAFETY AND SECURITY
BeltAlert S S
LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) S S
Door Locks
Child protection, rear S S
Speed-sensitive S S
Enhanced Accident Response System (EARS) S S
ParkSense® rear-park assist system — P
Remote keyless entry S S
Restraint Systems
Air bags(a)
Advanced multi-stage front with Occupant-classification System (OCS) S S
Supplemental side curtain S S
Three-point seat belts(b) S S
Active Front Row Head Restraints S S
Security Alarm P S
Sentry Key® engine immobilizer S S
Tire-pressure Monitoring
Warning S —
Display — S

PACKAGES / EQUIPMENT GROUPS
Popular Equipment Group – Includes deep-tint glass, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, compass, temperature, speed control, 17-inch painted aluminum wheels/P235/65R17 BSW all-season tires and security alarm O —
Leather Interior Group – Leather Trimmed Seating and Heated Front Seats — O
Navigation Convenience Group—Uconnect Navigation, GPS, 6.5-inch color, touch-screen display, Uconnect Phone, eight Infinity® speakers, subwoofer and 368 watt amplifier and ParkSense® rear-park assist system — 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 and steel wheel O O
Premium Sound Group—Includes eight Infinity® speakers, subwoofer, 368 watt amplifier and 6-disc CD player — O
Convenience Group—Includes ParkSense rear-park assist system, remote start, Uconnect Phone and eight Infinity® speakers, subwoofer and 368-watt amplifier — O



2010 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 SXT
Type and Description 90-degree 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 Two mini-oxidation three-way catalytic converters, four heated oxygen sensors, EGR and internal engine features(a)
Alternator 140-amp
Battery 600 CCA, maintenance-free
Estimated 2010 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 Optional SXT
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
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 140-amp
Battery 600 CCA, maintenance-free
Estimated 2009 EPA Fuel
Economy mpg (City/Hwy) 16/21 – 2WD Five-speed Automatic Transmission
16/20 – 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 3.21 with 4.0-liter SOHC V-6
Overall Top-gear 2.66 with 4.0-liter SOHC V-6


TRANSFER CASE: MP 143 GII SINGLE-SPEED
Availability Included on 4WD
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 140-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 Occupant and Cargo Weight 16-inch tires only, lbs. (kg) 950 (431)
Maximum Occupant and Cargo Weight lbs. (kg) 1,150 (590)
Towing Capacities, lbs. (kg)
3.7L and 4.0L models without
Trailer-tow Group and equipped with aftermarket Class II type hitch 2,000 (907)
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/SXT, automatic transmission—3976 (1805)
3.7-liter gasoline engine, 4WD Nitro SXT, automatic transmission—4139 (1879)
4.0-liter gasoline engine, 2WD Nitro SXT, automatic transmission—4038 (1833)
4.0-liter gasoline engine, 4WD Nitro SXT, automatic transmission—4210 (1911)

ACCOMMODATIONS
Seating Capacity—F/R 2/3
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°
SAE Interior volume, front 54.8 (1.55)
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)
Recliner Range 21.5° to 33.5°
SAE Interior volume, rear 47.7 (1.35)
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 64.7 (1.8)
With Front-passenger seat and
Rear Seats Folded 75.6 (2.1)

BODY/CHASSIS
Layout Longitudinal front engine, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive
Construction Steel uniframe


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

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
Front
Size and Type 11.9 x 1.1 (302 x 28) vented rotor with 2.6 (66) single-piston floating caliper
Swept Area (per caliper) 110.1 sq. in. (710.6 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 (per caliper) 103.5 sq. in. (668 sq. cm)
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 Control Rear brake drum-in-hat

WHEELS
Availability Standard on Nitro SE
Type and Material Painted steel, Argent
Size 16 in. x 7 in.

Availability Optional on Nitro SE
Type and Material Painted cast-aluminum, Sparkle Silver
Size 17 in. x 7 in.

Availability Standard on Nitro SXT
Type and Material Painted cast-aluminum, Sparkle Silver
Size 17 in. x 7 in.

Availability Optional on Nitro SXT
Type and Material Chrome-clad cast-aluminum
Size 20 in. x 7.5 in.

TIRES
Availability Standard on Nitro SE
Size and Type P225/75R16 BSW, all-season
Model Goodyear Wrangler ST
Revs per Mile (km) 715 (444)

Availability Standard on Nitro SXT, Optional on Nitro SE
Size and Type P235/65R17 BSW, Vertically Serrated Band
Model Goodyear Wrangler HP
Revs per Mile (km) 723 (449)

Availability Optional on Nitro SXT
Size and Type P245/50R20 BSW, all-season
Model Goodyear Wrangler HP
Revs per Mile (km) 700 (445)

Compact Spare Standard on Nitro SE and SXT

Full-size Spare Tire and Steel Wheel Available on Nitro SE and SXT
 

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interesting.

Noticed the rear axle ratio on the 4L has changed? 3.73 now? How would this effect it now, faster 0-60?

I wonder if this debunks the rumours that the Nitro is going to be discontinued
 

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New paint for 2010?

Saw these three new paint codes on a Production Site for 2010 Nitro. Have not seen any confirmation (unless I missed it) anywhere else. As has been the case in the past the Company Web Site has not been updated from 2009 year yet but they are now only building 2010s!


(PKG) Light Sandstone paint
Job #1 09/9/09

(PAV) Dark Charcoal paint
Job #1 10/19/09

(PGN) Natural Green paint
Job #1 10/19/09

09/10/09
NITRO: The SLT model is replaced by the SXT. Entry-level (SE) models now include active head restraints, an "ECO" dash light to indicate efficient driving, six speakers, a standard air filtration system, heated mirrors, and stain-repellant seat fabric. The SXT adds body-color exterior trim, an auto-up passenger window, and an alarm; leather is optional. Other changes include new interior colors (Dark Pebble Beige for the SE and Pastel Pebble Beige for the SXT) and a new paint color, Sandstone Metallic, which replaces metallic gray.
LINK: 2010 Dodge cars - What's coming in 2010 - Dodge 2010 2011 future cars and model year changes
 
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