February 10, 2005
Chicago auto show
Dodge unveils Nitro mid-sized SUV concept
Chicago, Illinois – Making its debut at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show, the Dodge Nitro is a mid-size SUV concept that’s designed to attract consumers seeking style, performance and utility, said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President, Chrysler Group Design.
“The Dodge Nitro concept is brimming with character; it evokes emotion through its rugged styling and dominant stance,” said Creed. “This is more than just another typical mid-size SUV design statement.”
The Nitro’s crisp lines and substantial body size create a brawny character: eye-catching 20-inch cast-aluminum wheels, brushed silver vents positioned on each front fender and generously proportioned door handles add to the vehicle’s modern design and contemporary flair. The rear of the vehicle features an integrated trailer tow hitch, chrome dual exhaust tail pipes, and a brushed silver license plate visor.
“The vehicle is not just an exercise in design; its attributes are functional and purposeful,” said Rick Aneiros, Vice President, Jeep and Truck Design.
The Nitro concept’s spacious interior is both functional and flexible for people and cargo. The seats are black leather with rugged bright red inserts. Front passenger and rear seats fold flat, allowing for ample cargo capacity.
The rear cargo floor is made of rugged-textured vinyl and is easy to clean. With the rear hatch open, the cargo floor slides rearward for easy and convenient loading and unloading of packages. Modular storage bins and a first-aid kit are located in the rear quarters of the vehicle.
The Dodge Nitro concept has a 3.7-litre SOHC V-6 engine, which generates 210 hp and 235 lb.-ft. torque, a four-speed automatic transmission and independent SLA front and five-link rear suspension system. The vehicle has full-time four-wheel drive and weighs in at 4115 pounds (1867 kg).
The Dodge Nitro concept’s estimated performance figures include a top speed of 174 km/h (108 mph), standing 1/4 mile at 16.9 seconds, and can go from 0 – 60 mph in 9.6 seconds.