January 7, 2003
Dodge Kahuna concept for “free spirits”
Detroit, Michigan – Describing it as a vehicle that blends the function and convenience of a minivan with “Next Wave cool,”, Chrysler unveiled the Dodge Kahuna concept vehicle.
“Active individuals, true free spirits, demand vehicles that are flexible with appropriate room for gear, but they want it with style,” said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Design, Chrysler Group.
The six-passenger Dodge Kahuna features an exterior design that conveys an image that is readily associated with the California coastal culture. A flowing wave design can be seen in the shaping of the instrument panel as well as its switches, door panel detailing and seat forms. The roof is a silver/gray water resistant canvas that is see-through. The retractable top folds back in accordion-like fashion. There are three rows of flexible seating, two of which can be turned into tables if needed, and a Sto & Go load floor.
Under the hood there is a 2.4-litre turbocharged, 215 horsepower engine and a four-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels. Suspension is independent in the front, with a beam axle and coil leaf springs from the company’s minivan.