Dodge will take the wraps off its mid-sized Nitro SUV at the Chicago Auto Show.
The Nitro, which is based on the Jeep Liberty platform, will go on sale in the third quarter of 2006. Dodge is aiming the vehicle at young families and young couples.
Three trim levels will be offered: the base Nitro and the SLT and R/T versions. A 3.7-liter V-6 engine rated at 210 hp is standard on the base and SLT models. A 4.0-liter
V-6 delivering 255 hp is standard on the R/T.
The Nitro will be offered with a diesel engine outside North America in 2007.
One manual and two automatic transmissions will be offered. A six-speed manual is standard on the base model. A four-speed automatic is standard on the SLT.
A five-speed automatic is standard on the R/T.
All three versions are available with four-wheel drive.
A performance suspension is standard on the R/T and optional on the SLT.
Standard safety features include stability control, antilock brakes, electronic roll mitigation and side curtain airbags.