Dodge won't be altering the exterior or interior styling of their
Dakota compact pickup lineup for 2002 but will introduce a new 'value-priced'
model, the Dakota SXT.
Dakota SXT will start around $17,000 and come equipped with stylish
graphite bumpers, fascia, grille and fender flares and 16-inch aluminum
wheels. Standard air conditioning and bucket seats round out the
are four engines and four transmission choices for the Dakota, not
to mention two transfer cases for 4x4 models -- a part-time and
a full-time version. 4x2 drive set-ups are also available.
choices include: Regular Cab, Club Cab and Quad Cab. The latter
sports the longest bed in the segment at 5'3", and is capable
of seating up to six passengers. Longer cargo boxes may be ordered
for regular cab models.
diverse Dakota offers Best-In-Class power and capability. Varying
trim levels make it possible to tailor Dakotas to suit their specific
needs -- There's even a performance version in the Dakota R/T that
is driven by the 5.9 liter Magnum® V-8.
R/T for 2002 is equipped with a special version of the 5.9-liter
Magnum V-8 engine and a large-bore, free-flow exhaust that delivers
increased engine performance. The truck's performance capability
is supported with a throaty and powerful-sounding exhaust note.
The 250-horsepower engine is mated to a four-speed transmission,
and is supported by massive 255/55x17-inch tires.
of after market goodies are offered to further modify and personalize
the roomy and comfortable Dakota.
The Dakota's popular exterior design that resembles a stylized version
of its full-size sibling the Ram, will remain status quo for 2001.
During the 2001 model year inside styling for all Dakotas was freshened.
Additional creature comfort and upgraded safety features and changes
to virtually everything the driver sees or touches, including a
rotary dial for the new electronic transfer case, were done.
interior changes are planned for 2002.
Engine choices for Dakota range from a 2.5 liter, 120 horsepower
four-banger to a 5.9 liter, 250 horse motor that also generates
a whopping 345 pound feet of torque. If that's not enough, a Hemi
crate motor may be ordered from Mopar.