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Mitsubishi Motors North America will name its new Chrysler-built midsize truck Raider when it is unveiled at the 2005 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The truck’s styling is said to emphasise sportiness with a bold stance and aggressive attitude and incorporates design cues from the Mitsubishi vehicle family.

The Raider will have a standard V6 plus a V8 option, two different cab configurations, and unique interior and exterior styling. The Raider, based on the Dodge Dakota midsize truck, will be built in the Daimler-Chrysler plant in Warren, Michigan.

Standard and optional features will include a 4.7-litre V8 with 230 horsepower and 290 pounds-feet of torque, a fully boxed steel frame, independent front suspension with coil-over shocks and live axle and multi-leaf rear suspension, extended or double cab in two- and four-wheel drive, a 500-watt audio system with 6-CD in-dash changer and Bluetooth technology.

Mitsubishi also announced its next-generation Eclipse coupe will offer more powerful four and six-cylinder engines than the current generation, an optional six-speed manual transmission and many interior feature upgrades. It will continue to be built in the Mitsubishi Motors plant in Normal, Illinois.