The Quad Cab has been a hugely popular option for the Dodge Ram full-sized pickup. So DaimlerChrysler AG now will put four doors on its smaller Dodge Dakota pickup.
Production of the 2000 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab will begin in October at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Warren, Mich. The company expects to produce 70,000 in the first full year, said Jim Holden, DaimlerChrysler executive vice president of sales and marketing for North America.
But unlike the Ram, the Dakota will have rear doors that are front-hinged full doors. The Ram Quad Cab's rear doors are rear-hinged and are more like half doors.
The Dakota Quad Cab provides seating for six people.
To accommodate the full-sized rear doors, the Dakota's truck bed was reduced in size, said Bob Holdreith, DaimlerChrysler senior manager of truck advanced vehicle engineering.
But it still has the best payload-carrying capacity - 1,450 pounds - of any compact domestic pickup, he said.
The Dakota Quad Cab had to go with a 5-foot 3-inch cargo box, rather than the traditional eight-foot length.