First Look: 2008 Dodge Dakota
By: Mike Levine
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should call the 2007 Chicago Auto Show 'Nip Truck'?
be the only manufacturer to take the bandages off a freshly facelifted
pickup. Dodge is also giving some Botox to the 2008 Dodge Dakota to make
up for some droopy sales, which sagged over 20% in 2006.
Titan, the most noticeable change about the Dakota is its spruced
up nose. The lines are cleaner than the current pickup but there's some
funky disconnect going on between the front end and the rest of the truck
from the A-pillar back. It's kind of like seeing an old friend who had
rhinoplasty but they still haven't hit the gym or gotten the lipo sucked
out. Definitely there's some holistic symmetry that's gone missing after
if beauty truly is more than skin deep, than this is one exotic and unique
hood is a rebuilt and reengineered 4.7-liter V8 that puts out 290-horsepower
and 380 lb-feet of torque. This is a major boost in power over the 2007
Dakota which squeezes out 260-horses and 310 lb-feet, making the 2008
Dakota first in its segment when it comes to aerobics.
V8 still isn't tattooed with a HEMI sticker but it does get to borrow
some tricks from its handsome big brother by adding twin spark plugs to
each cylinder head for improved combustion and using a lighter piston
and rod assembly. An electronic, drive-by-wire throttle control is also
Dakota will continue to offer the same 3.7-liter V6, which produces 210-horsepower
and 235 lb-feet of torque.
of the truck is updated - most noticeably with a new instrument panel
and center stack, which can be equipped with a large LCD screen for navigational
needs or an extreme close up. Other new features include a remote starter
and heated bench seats with underside storage.
Dodge is serious in trying to improve the Dakota against intense competition
from the younger Nissan
Frontier and Toyota
Tacoma pickups. The question is, will buyers go for the hot imports
or stick with this domestic MILF until the next Dakota comes along around
Dodge Dakota will go on sale in late summer 2007.
more news about this pickup when we cover the 2007 Chicago Auto Show direct
from McCormick Place convention center.