When former Chrysler parent Cerberus was asked to show what new cars were in the pipeline to the US Government, the news was worse than expected-there was virtually nothing, especially for Dodge. With new cars from Fiat still a couple years away, Chrysler must make do with its current stock. In hopes of sparking interest in Dodge’s entry-SUV, the company has revised the model line up and added equipment with Heat, Detonator and Shock models.
Introduced as a 2007 model, the Nitro is essentially Dodge’s version of the much more recognized Jeep Liberty. The base 3.7L V-6 has been dropped, so all Nitros share a 4.0L V-6 rated at 260hp, coupled to a 5-speed automatic. Buyers have a choice of rear wheel or all-wheel drive. At this time it is unclear if Dodge will eventually replace or discontinue the Nitro, but for now, click the link for the new model details.
For 2010, the Nitro gains new standard equipment in an effort to broaden its appeal. All Nitros now include 20″ alloy wheels, Uconnect phone, Sirius satellite radio, auto dimming rear view mirror, cruise control and alarm system.
Nitro Heat: Starts at $23,995
Nitro Detonator: Starts at $25,995. Adds hood decal, 8 speaker stereo and subwoofer, remote start, rear park assist and premium cloth interior.
Nitro Shock: Starts at $26,995. Adds heated leather seats and power moonroof.