Dodge Nitro to Debut at Chicago Auto Show
Dodge enters the mid-size sport-utility vehicle segment of the market with the 2007 Nitro, which is making its debut this week at the Chicago Auto Show. The Nitro concept vehicle was also first seen in the Second City's annual auto event during the 2005 edition.
Not only is the production Nitro Dodge's first-ever mid-size SUV, it is also the first non-Jeep product to be based on a Jeep platform, the Liberty.
Dodge officials are positioning the Nitro as a performance-oriented mid-size SUV that also features an abundance of convenience and luxury features and options. Here's how the official Dodge release describes the Nitro:
"'The Dodge Nitro's styling delivers something extra; that little something mid-size buyers are still searching for, attitude,' said George Murphy, Senior Vice President – Global Marketing. 'In addition, the Dodge Nitro offers many features that are not typical of a mid-size SUV, such as two V-6 engines, 20-inch tires and chrome-clad aluminum wheels and a performance suspension.'"