The redesigned 2005 Dodge Dakota, which will arrive in U.S. showrooms in the fall, is 3.7 inches longer and 2.7 inches wider than the current generation pickup.
The added length is primarily ahead of the front axle. The Chrysler group says this will provide added crush space for improved impact performance.
Also, the bumpers have been extended to increase their effectiveness in low-speed crashes.
The Dakota is being built at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Warren, Mich.