Dodge has announced three new Nitro trim levels for the 2010 model. The Heat, Detonator and Shock come standard with a lot of items and a more powerful engine.

Dodge has added three new trim levels to its bold Nitro lineup. The 2010 Nitro offerings will offer models called Heat, Detonator and Shock to customers.

The cars will come with a 23 percent more powerful 4.0-litre V6 engine which now packs 194kW (260hp) and 359Nm (265 lb-ft) of torque. Torque is also up 12 percent on the previous entry-level car. A 5-speed automatic is included in the package. Standard Heat items include 20-inch Mopar aluminium wheels, a body-colour front grille with bright billets, tinted glass, an eight-speaker sound system, speed control and SIRIUS Satellite Radio among others. All these are also standard in the other two vehicles.

The Detonator comes with a hood decal, rear park assist, remote start and premium cloth interior that matches the exterior paint colour. The Shock model is standard with all these Detonator features plus heated leather seats and a sunroof.

Prices for the Dodge Nitro Heat start at US$23,995 (including $745 destination) while the Detonator and Shock go for US$25,995 and US$26,995 respectively.


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