Dodge Nitro

From Dodge press: The all-new 2007 Dodge Nitro is the first-ever mid-size sport-utility vehicle from Dodge, complementing the brand’s lineup, which now consists of passenger cars, minivans, trucks, commercial vehicles, a full-size SUV and police vehicles. In addition to Dodge Nitro R/T, the two other models offered in the United States are the Dodge Nitro SXT and Dodge Nitro SLT.

The Dodge Nitro is not afraid to get frisky. The R/T model* — with its 4.0-liter SOHC V-6 engine, performance suspension and 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels and performance tires — will have drivers using “sporty” and “SUV” in the same sentence. And the Dodge Nitro is not afraid of globe-trotting. It enters overseas markets in the summer of 2007, and will be available with an all-new 2.8-liter common rail diesel engine.

The 2007 Dodge Nitro offers two powertrains. The performance-oriented, 260 hp, 4.0-liter, single-overhead-cam (SOHC) V-6 is an enhanced version of the 3.5-liter engine used in prior Chrysler Group vehicles. The 4.0-liter engine is standard on the Dodge Nitro R/T model. The 3.7-liter SOHC V-6 engine, with its 210 hp, provides the 2007 Dodge Nitro with a standard engine that is efficient, durable and smooth. The engine has been refined to enhance low-speed torque while providing a smooth idle and minimal engine noise. Plus, a new exhaust gas recirculation valve helps increase fuel economy. The 3.7-liter V-6 is standard on the Dodge Nitro SXT and Dodge Nitro SLT models.

Three transmissions are offered on the Dodge Nitro: a six-speed manual transmission on SXT, a four-speed automatic on SXT and SLT and a five-speed automatic on R/T. Nitro is available in both two-wheel- and four-wheel-drive models.

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