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USA: DaimlerChrysler's Dodge Nitro SUV gets production green light

By just-auto.com editorial team | 6 October 2005

DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler group has confirmed it will build the Dodge Nitro mid-size SUV as a 2007 model. 

The Nitro, whose future was announced at a motor show in Anaheim, California, will be the first Dodge mid-size SUV.

"The Nitro will strengthen and grow the Dodge brand by allowing us to attract a new buyer," said the brand's marketing chief Steven Landry.

The Nitro is based on a concept vehicle unveiled at the 2005 Chicago motor show last February.

American reports said it would share some components and its four-wheel drive system with the Jeep Liberty (Cherokee).

Expect the base engine to be a 3.7-litre V6 petrol engine, then, and, if it comes to Europe, look for the Cherokee's 2.8-litre VM turbodiesel or perhaps Mercedes' new three-litre V6 diesel to be offered as well.

The Dodge brand will be launched in Europe and other volume markets outside of North America in 2006.

However, DaimlerChrysler UK has already begun 'official' imports of left-hand drive Ram pickup trucks.

Graeme Roberts