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Dodge 400
1982 Dodge 400 coupe
Automotive industryDodge
Parent companyChrysler Corporation
Production1982–1983
PredecessorDodge Aspen
SuccessorDodge 600
Car classificationMid-size
Car body style2-door Convertible
2-door Coupe
4-door Sedan (car)
Automobile layoutFF layout
Automobile platformK-body
Internal combustion engine2.2 L K Straight-4
2.6 L Mitsubishi Motors Mitsubishi Astron engine Straight-4
Transmission (mechanics)3-speed Chrysler A-404 transmission Automatic transmission
3-speed Chrysler A-404 transmission Automatic transmission
RelatedChrysler LeBaron
Chrysler Town and Country
Dodge Aries
Plymouth Reliant

The Dodge 400 was Dodge's second K-car in the early 1980s. It was similar to the Chrysler LeBaron of the same era. The 400 was introduced for the 1982 model year, yet was renamed and added to the midsize Dodge 600 lineup just two years later.

1982


The 400 was intended to be a more upmarket version of the Aries. It was available in three bodystyles: two-door Coupe or convertible and a four-door Sedan (car).

This was Dodge's first convertible since the 1971 Challenger and the first domestically-manufactured convertible since 1976, when Cadillac had phased out the Eldorado convertible.

Chrysler's chairman Lee Iacocca believed he could revive interest in convertibles, which at the time were no longer part of any major manufacturer's range.

The 400 was available in two trim levels: base and LS. Engine choices were limited to a 2.2  litre Straight-4 engine or an optional Mitsubishi Motors-sourced Mitsubishi Astron engine. The convertible came with the Mitsubishi-sourced engine as standard.

31,449 vehicles were produced.

1983


There were no major changes made for 1983 other than the LS trim being omitted from the line-up. Production figures for 1983 were 25,952 vehicles.

During 1983, the 400 sedan was replaced by the Dodge 600. The coupes and convertibles were rebadged as Dodge 600 from 1984.

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