Dodge Nitro

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Dodge Nitro
2008 Dodge Nitro SXT
ManufacturerChrysler LLC (2008-present)
DaimlerChrysler (2007)
AssemblyToledo, Ohio, United States
ClassCompact SUV
Body style(s)4-door SUV
LayoutFront engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
PlatformChrysler KA platform
Engine(s)3.7 L (226 cu in) PowerTech V6
4.0 L (241 cu in) SOHC V6
2.8 L VM Motori I4 Diesel (Europe only)[1]
Transmission(s)6-speed manual
4-speed 42RLE automatic
5-speed A580/5G-Tronic Mercedes automatic
Wheelbase108.8 in (2765 mm)
Length178.9 in (4545 mm)
Width73.1 in (1855 mm)
Height69.6 in (1770 mm)
Curb weight4162 lb (2020 kg)
RelatedJeep Liberty
ManualsService Manual

The Dodge Nitro is a compact SUV from the Dodge division of Chrysler LLC. Launched for the 2007 model year at the Chicago Auto Show, the Nitro shares its platform with the Jeep Liberty. It is assembled at the Toledo North Assembly Plant in Toledo, Ohio. This Jeep facility is part of a complex including the Toledo South Assembly Plant, home to the Jeep Wrangler since the 1940s. The Nitro went into production in August 2006 and went on sale in September. The Nitro is also Dodge's first compact SUV since the Raider was discontinued in 1990.

The Nitro is priced at US$19,885. It is one of the first modern Dodge-branded cars on sale in Europe since its introduction in early 2007. All Nitros are available with rear-wheel drive, part-time four-wheel drive is available as an option. The top-line Nitro R/T with all-wheel drive sells for $27,630[2]. It was Dodge's entry-level SUV until the 2009 model year, when the larger, car-based Dodge Journey crossover SUV arrived to be priced below the Nitro.

Dodge is touting the car's "Load 'N Go" sliding cargo floor as a major selling feature. Similar to a system offered on the Saab 9-5 station wagon, the floor can be extended through the rear hatch by 18 in (457 mm) to ease loading.

Another purported attribute of the car is its SUV/hot rod styling blend, complete with unmistakably pronounced fenders.

The Nitro has been named one of Consumer Reports' eleven worst cars for 2008, as was its sister, the Jeep Liberty.



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