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New for 2011-Dodge

New for 2011-Dodge

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2010

Dodge Introduces All-New Durango and Charger for 2011 Model Year

The Grand Caravan is significantly refreshed, as is the Avenger and Journey

2011 Dodge modelsHistory
Dodge is a division of Chrysler Group LLC. The brand can be traced back to 1900, when the Dodge Brothers Company began to supply parts for a growing auto industry in Detroit, Michigan. More than a decade after it started, the company began to build its own automobiles. Finally, in 1928, Dodge was bought by the Chrysler Corporation.

After the Second World War, Dodge began to focus on performance, and the company's product line was led my muscle cars such as the Challenger, Charger, Coronet and Super Bee. The automaker also built models to compete in the economy car market, with a relationship with Mitsubishi Motors that began in the 1970s. Dodge's big turnaround occurred in the 1980s, when the company developed the Dodge Caravan-the minivan that is credited with introducing an entirely new segment.

Today, Dodge manufactures a variety of passenger automobiles, pickups and sport utility vehicles. These include coupes, sedans, and SUVs with up-to-8-passenger seating capacities. Models include those with front-, rear- and all-wheel drive. Dodge vehicles are manufactured in North America and sold around the world.

2011 Dodge Models at a Glance:


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2011 Dodge Avenger

2011 Dodge Avenger

The Dodge Avenger is a midsize sedan. While the Avenger was originally introduced in the mid-1990s as a 2-door coupe, the current model is a 4-door sedan that was launched in 2008 as a replacement for the Dodge Stratus. The front-wheel-drive Avenger was developed on a platform shared with the Mitsubishi Lancer, and it was offered with a choice between a 2.4-liter inline-4 and a 3.5-liter V-6 engine at its introduction.

The updated 2.4-liter engine is still offered for 2011, but the automaker has introduced a new "Pentastar" V-6 engine (mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission) that delivers "V-6 horsepower and exceptional fuel economy," says Dodge. The company has also retuned or redesigned virtually every part of the suspension for 2011, including 26 of 30 suspension bushings, according to the automaker. The track is an inch wider, tire width has been increased from 215 to 225 mm, and the Avenger has been lowered 12 mm in the front and 6 mm in the rear for a lower stance. According to the automaker, these improvements have been designed to "deliver less body roll, reduce vehicle motion, improve isolation, improve steering precision and increase grip."

Highlights:

  • Mild refresh, suspension tuning, and a new 6-cylinder engine for 2011
  • Five models: Avenger Express, Avenger Mainstreet, Avenger Heat, Avenger Lux and Avenger R/T
  • Standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 173 horsepower
  • Optional 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 283 horsepower
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW All-new interior
  • NEW 3.6-liter V-6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission provides "best-in-class V-6 horsepower and exceptional fuel economy"
  • NEW 2.4-liter World Gas Engine is retuned and mated to an available 6-speed automatic transmission
  • NEW Major suspension overhaul and improved acoustics
  • NEW Updated exterior design showcases an athletic yet refined exterior with the new Dodge brand "split crosshair" grille

2011 Dodge Caliber

2011 Dodge Caliber

The Dodge Caliber is a compact 5-door crossover. The Caliber, designed to replace the discontinued Neon, was all-new for the 2007 model year. Interestingly, the Caliber fits the description of a station wagon, sedan and small SUV, thanks to its tall cabin, configurable interior, taller ground clearance and rear liftgate.

While a 2.0-liter (or 2.4-liter) 4-cylinder engine is standard for 2011, Dodge offered a high-performance SRT4 model several years ago. It was fitted with a turbocharged 2.4-liter engine, rated at 285 horsepower, plus upgraded wheels, brakes, suspension and tires. Unfortunately for enthusiasts, the SRT4 model was discontinued in 2009.

For the 2011 model year, the automaker has made several changes to the Caliber. All models receive retuned steering, and stability control is now standard on all but the base (Express) model. There are also various option/trim updates (navigation, new wheels, power seats, etc.), and Dodge has added several new colors for 2011.

Highlights:

  • Minor changes for 2011
  • Five models: Caliber Express, Caliber Mainstreet, Caliber Uptown, Caliber Heat and Caliber Rush
  • Standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 158 horsepower (Caliber Express, Caliber Mainstreet, Caliber Heat and Caliber Uptown)
  • Standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 172 horsepower (Caliber Rush, optional on Caliber Uptown)
  • Standard 5-speed manual transmission
  • Optional continuously variable transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW 8-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels now available with the Uptown model
  • NEW Red and blue accent stitching added to leather seats with Rush model
  • NEW Six-way power driver's seat standard with Mainstreet model
  • NEW Electronic stability control (ESC) now standard with Mainstreet, Heat, Uptown and Rush models
  • NEW Navigation radio with Sirius Travel Link
  • NEW Steering retuned for a more direct and precise feel
  • NEW Exterior colors: Redline 2 Pearl Coat, Mango Tango Pearl Coat, Blackberry Pearl Coat, Dark Charcoal Pearl Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Tungsten Metallic Pearl Coat (late availability)

2011 Dodge Challenger

2011 Dodge Challenger

The Dodge Challenger is a full-size, retro-styled 2-door coupe. The original Dodge Challenger was an American muscle car that debuted for the 1970 model year. Under the hood were a variety of very powerful 8-cylinder engines, including the famed Hemi Six-Pack. The original Challenger model was discontinued in 1974.

It was followed by a very different second-generation model in 1978. This time, the Challenger was built on a much smaller Mitsubishi-sourced platform, and it was only offered with 4-cylinder powerplants. Like its predecessor, it was only built for a limited number of years.

Dodge revived the Challenger nameplate in 2008, when it reintroduced an all-new model as a retro-styled full-size coupe. The modern rear-wheel-drive model was introduced with 6- and 8-cylinder engines, and a long list of performance upgrades-all paying homage to the original 1970s-era muscle car.

The Challenger SRT8 model, as the top-of-the-line flagship, featured a 6.1-liter V-8 engine and a long list of go-fast upgrades. As it competes directly against the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge has fitted the 2011 model with an even more powerful engine (6.4-liter V-8), and several other enhancements for the 2011 model year.

Highlights:

  • Powertrain upgrades for 2011
  • Four models: Challenger SE, Challenger Rallye, Challenger R/T and Challenger SRT8
  • Standard 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 305 horsepower (SE and Rallye)
  • Standard 5.7-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 376 horsepower (R/T)
  • Standard 6.4-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 470 horsepower (SRT8)
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission
  • Optional 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard rear-wheel drive
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Challenger SE delivers 55 more horsepower (now 305 horsepower) with 268 lb.-ft. of torque, packaged in a lighter aluminum engine for near-50/50 weight distribution, and offers the new Super Sport Group with performance suspension, brakes and wider 20-inch wheels and tires
  • NEW Dodge-tuned, second-generation E-segment chassis architecture delivers improved grip according to the automaker
  • NEW Standard equipment now includes: Keyless Enter-N Go, automatic climate control, seat-mounted side pelvic-thorax air bags, 18-inch aluminum wheels and more
  • NEW Developed using Design for Six Sigma (DFSS), the 2011 Challenger delivers improved refinement, according to Dodge
  • NEW Introduction of legendary 392-cubic inch Hemi V-8 engine for the street (SRT8)
  • NEW The 392 Hemi V-8 engine features an active intake manifold, variable-cam timing and Dodge's "Fuel Saver" technology (4-cylinder mode) on automatic transmission-equipped models (SRT8)
  • NEW Redesigned suspension tuning to improve handling (SRT8)
  • NEW Only 1,492 Inaugural Edition models will be built with exclusive interior and exterior appointments (SRT8)

2011 Dodge Charger

2011 Dodge Charger

The Dodge Charger is a full-size sedan that was launched in 2005 as a replacement for the Dodge Intrepid. The Charger nameplate may originally be traced back to the 1960s, when the model was a rear-wheel-drive American muscle car. In the 1980s, Dodge again launched the Charger nameplate, but this time it was on a front-wheel-drive subcompact coupe-a very different model than its predecessor.

In the late 1990s, the automaker again revealed a Charger concept. This time, it was a full-size sedan with retro styling. It went into production for the 2005 model year. The first-generation model was offered with a choice of 6- and 8-cylinder engines, led by the flagship Charger SRT8 (with a 6.1-liter V-8 engine). Unlike its two predecessors, the new model was also offered with all-wheel drive for improved performance during inclement weather.

Dodge has completely refreshed the Charger for 2011. All exterior body panels are new, as is the interior, but the platform is carryover. Under the hood, the engine choices return, but all have been tweaked for more power and improved efficiency. The SRT8, with a new 6.4-liter V-8 engine, is expected to return for 2012. In addition to the three standard models, Dodge offers distinct lifestyle packages (Rallye, Rallye Plus, R/T Plus, R/T Road & Track and R/T Max) designed to give Charger customers content for their specific needs.

Highlights:

  • Significant refresh for 2011
  • Three models: Charger SE, Charger R/T and Charger R/T AWD
  • Standard 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 292 horsepower (SE)
  • Standard 5.7-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 370 horsepower (R/T and R/T AWD)
  • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard rear-wheel drive (SE and R/T)
  • Standard all-wheel drive (R/T AWD)
  • 5-passenger seating

2011 Dodge Durango

2011 Dodge Durango

The Dodge Durango is a full-size sport utility vehicle. It was launched in 1998 as a replacement for the Ramcharger (discontinued in 1993). The first-generation model was based heavily on the Dodge Dakota pickup truck, but unlike the pickup, the Durango offered standard 4-wheel drive (that changed in its second year, when rear-wheel drive was the base driveline). The first generation wasn't overly large when compared to its competitors, but it offered an 8-passenger cabin and a choice between several 6- and 8-cylinder engines.

The second-generation model debuted for the 2004 model year. Much larger in overall size, the new Durango had much in common with the full-size Dodge Ram pickup truck-including its engine choices. The second-generation model was refreshed in 2007, and a low-volume hybrid model debuted for 2009.

The 2011 model year welcomes an all-new, completely redesigned Dodge Durango SUV. Unlike its predecessors, the redesigned Durango is built on a new unibody platform (the third-generation model shares platforms with the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class and GL-Class, thanks to the automaker's former relationship with the German automaker). The running gear and engines are also shared with the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee. According to Dodge, a drag coefficient of approximately 0.35 enables an aerodynamic improvement of more than 14 percent compared with its predecessor, contributing to quiet interior and improved fuel efficiency.

Highlights:

  • All-new redesign for 2011
  • Four models: Durango R/T, Durango Express, Durango Crew and Durango Citadel (RWD and AWD)
  • Standard 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 290 horsepower
  • Standard 5.7-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 360 horsepower
  • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Optional 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard rear-wheel drive (RWD)
  • Optional 4-wheel drive (4WD)
  • 8-passenger seating

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan

The Dodge Grand Caravan is a full-size 7-passenger minivan. Introduced in 1983 for the 1984 model year, the original Dodge Caravan is often credited with spawning a new automotive segment. Unlike the truck-based vans of the era, the Caravan offered car-like ride and handling.

The second-generation Dodge Caravan model arrived in 1991. The basic package hadn't changed much, but it was larger and it offered more powerful engines. The third-generation model, first sold in 1996, included a driver's-side sliding door and "Easy Out Roller Seats." A "Sport" model even offered 17-inch wheels. The third-generation Caravan debuted in 2001, and it introduced power-operated side doors and tailgate, and new safety equipment.

The current, fourth-generation Grand Caravan was launched in 2008. A long wheelbase was now standard, and all-wheel drive was no longer an option. Responding to all-new minivan offerings from Toyota, Honda and Nissan in 2011, Dodge has significantly updated the Grand Caravan for the new model year. First, Dodge dropped its new 3.6-liter V-6 engine under the hood to improve acceleration and fuel economy. Second, the suspension was also re-engineered and re-calibrated to improve the ride, and the ride height was lowered. Lastly, there were many changes made within the cabin. These include new sound insulation in the passenger compartment, new acoustic glass, LED ambient lighting, and more soft-touch interior surfaces.

Highlights:

  • Significant upgrades for 2011
  • Four models: Grand Caravan Express, Grand Caravan Mainstreet, Grand Caravan Crew and Grand Caravan R/R
  • Standard 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 283 horsepower
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • 7-passenger seating
  • NEW 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine is more powerful and fuel efficient
  • NEW Recalibrated suspension
  • NEW Lowered ride height
  • NEW Sound insulation and sound deadening within the cabin
  • NEW Acoustic glass
  • NEW LED ambient lighting
  • NEW Soft-touch interior surfaces

2011 Dodge Journey

2011 Dodge Journey

The Dodge Journey is a midsize crossover. It was launched as a 2009 model as a replacement for the outgoing Chrysler Pacifica (they share the same wheelbase). The Journey is based on a modified platform shared with the Dodge Avenger. Inside the Journey, the seating is a standard three-row configuration (5+2) for a 7-passenger capacity.

In its third year of production, Dodge has significantly refreshed its Journey model for 2011. The crossover receives a major overhaul with a completely redesigned and retuned suspension, a new V-6 engine, and a new interior. Within the cabin, the Journey receives updated vehicle connectivity and customization with the Chrysler Group's new "PowerNet" electrical architecture-with available touch-screen command center and "Uconnect Touch." Under the sheetmetal, the engineers focused on delivering an improved ride, according to Dodge. The automaker reduced noise, vibration and harshness by installing new sound-deadening treatments and additional insulation throughout the vehicle.

Highlights:

  • Refresh for 2011
  • Five models: Journey Express, Journey Mainstreet, Journey Crew, Journey Lux and Journey R/T
  • Standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 173 horsepower
  • Optional 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 283 horsepower
  • Standard 4-speed automatic transmission (2.4-liter engine)
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission (3.5-liter engine)
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • Optional all-wheel drive (AWD not available on Journey Express)
  • 7-passenger seating
  • NEW 3.6-liter V-6 engine mated to 6-speed automatic transmission provides V-6 horsepower and exceptional fuel economy, according to Dodge
  • NEW Interior redesign with a new center console
  • NEW Improved storage within the cabin
  • NEW Redesigned steering wheel with integrated controls
  • NEW Improved front seats
  • NEW Recalibrated suspension
  • NEW Six new interior colors

2011 Dodge Nitro

2011 Dodge Nitro

The Dodge Nitro is a compact sport utility vehicle that was first launched for the 2007 model year. It shares platforms and powertrains with the Jeep Liberty. All Nitro models are fitted with a standard 6-cylinder engine, in two different displacements (3.7-liter and 4.0-liter), mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The standard powertrain is rear-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is optional (the Nitro leads its competitive pack with a 5,000-pound towing capacity, according to the automaker).

New for 2011, Dodge introduces a Heat 4.0 lifestyle package that joins the Detonator, Shock and Heat models (which arrived on the scene in 2010). The new Nitro Heat 4.0 comes standard with a 5-speed automatic transmission, standard "Uconnect" phone and an upgraded 8-speaker sound system, says the automaker. As expected, the Heat 4.0 is fitted with the 4.0-liter V-6 engine as standard equipment. It makes 23 percent more horsepower and 12 percent more torque than the smaller V-6 offering, says Dodge.

Highlights:

  • Minor improvements for 2011
  • Four models: Nitro Heat 4.0, Nitro Detonator, Nitro Shock and Nitro Heat
  • Standard 3.7-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 210 horsepower
  • Standard 4.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 260 horsepower
  • Standard 4-speed automatic transmission (3.7-liter engine)
  • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission (4.0-liter engine)
  • Standard rear-wheel drive (RWD)
  • Optional all-wheel drive (AWD)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Standard 20-inch wheels on all models
  • NEW Heat 4.0 lifestyle package
  • NEW Hood/fender racing stripes and 20-inch wheels on Shock and Detonator
  • NEW New premium seat materials
  • NEW New leather seats with colored stitching and sunroof, standard on Shock
  • NEW Monochromatic interior on all models
  • NEW Exterior colors: Bright White Clear Coat, Blackberry Pearl Coat, Toxic Orange and Redline Two Coat Pearl

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