into the four door sport utility pickup truck wars, the Dodge MAXXcab
is what DaimlerChrysler calls a "Passenger Priority Truck".
cues from the DaimlerChrysler passenger car lineup, the MAXXcab
has integrated cab forward styling into a pickup truck body. This
gives the MAXXcab very sedan-like handling and ride and an altogether
different appearance than any other truck on the road.
Like the Ford
SuperCrew and Chevrolet Avalanche the MAXXcab also has a shortened
bed for cargo, but the MAXXcab has been built on a modified Dakota
The bed measures
52.7" long by 56.7" wide by 24" deep - this is both
wider and deeper than today's full size truck boxes. Interestingly,
while Ford and GM appear to be pursuing and implementing composite
bed technology, the MAXXcab's bed is made from standard steel.
the family, the interior of the MAXXcab has three minivan-style,
built-in child safety seats to accommodate small children.
we first saw this picture we admit that we weren't thrilled - it
looked like a minivan pickup...
the MAXXcab Concept seen in person is quite a different looking
truck than we expected to see. While
its dimensions are somewhat unusual compared to the Ford SuperCrew
or Chevrolet Avalanche, its profile creates a uniquely identifiable
truck. Call it Dodge Different.
Dodge MAXXcab is powered by Dodge's 4.7-liter Next Generation Magnum
V-8 engine coupled to a multi-speed electronic automatic transmission.
The MAXXcab can do 0-60 in 7.7 seconds.
interior is well laid out in the cockpit area. A "Kid-cocoon"
allows parents to control the middle rear seat and move it forward
independent of the other rear seating. A small overhead "kid-view"
camera also monitors the rear cabin.
is an "edu-tainment" system with DVD player, Internet
access and a handheld sketch pad. The driver's "Infotronic"
system accommodates all data and information needs while away from
the office. The center console houses a toaster-style pop-up "plug-and-play"
laptop computer with LCD in the instrument panel and in the rear
of the console itself.
A voice recognition
system allows the driver to access the mobile office screens and
the Internet for real-time weather updates, traffic information
and e-mail. Voice commands also control the MAXXcab's navigation
and diagnostics systems and telephone.
Dodge has chosen
to power the MAXXcab with its next generation 4.7-liter Magnum V-8
coupled to a multi-speed electronic automatic transmission. The
truck can do 0-60 mph in 7.7 seconds and has a top speed of 115
If its well
MAXXcab may set the tone for a whole new line of vehicles from DaimlerChrysler.