Chrysler is gearing up for the Chicago Auto Show early by showing off its new 2008 Dodge Durango in advance of its Windy City unveiling.
The mid-size truck boasts 25 percent more horsepower and 10 percent more torque over the outgoing model (totals are now up to 290 horsepower and 320 lb-ft) with the optional E85 Ethanol-capable 4.7-liter V-8 engine. Dakota is still the only midsizer to feature a V-8. The standard engine is the Magnum 3.7-liter V-6 featuring 210 horses and 235 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard with both engines at the base level, with an optional four-speed automatic and five-speed automatic available on the V-6 and V-8 models, respectively.
Dakota has undergone an extensive restyling both inside and out, and features a new front end with a bolder hood, grille, and front fascia similar to the Dodge Nitro. The front headlamps and fenders are also new.
The interior features a redesigned instrument panel, a silver-finish center console, and increased storage space over its predecessor. DVD navigation, satellite radio, and mp3 stereo capability are all available. The 2008 Dodge Dakota is expected in dealerships this August.