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Dodge has restyled and refined the Dakota pickup for the 2008 model year. The new truck, which makes its world debut at the 2007 Chicago auto show, gets more power, a new exterior look, and a new interior.

Under its chiseled new look – which Chrysler says owes a debt to the new Nitro SUV – the Dakota’s 4.7-liter V-8 gets its horsepower uprated by 25 percent to 290 hp. Torque rises ten percent to 320 pound-feet. All this comes with an increase in fuel economy, Chrysler reports, and with the added bonus of E85 flex-fuel capability.

 

A 3.7-liter V-6 engine remains available. Dakotas can be had with a five-speed automatic (V-8s); a six-speed automatic (V-6 engines except for Laramie trim versions); or a four-speed automatic. A remote starter is a standard features on all powertrains this year.

 

As for the bluff-faced new exterior, Chrysler says the new hood, grille, front and rear ends, and headlamps are styled to fit better with the Dodge lineup. Even the tailgate gets a spoiler for a tougher look and a small fuel-economy improvement.

 

Inside, the Dakota sports a new instrument panel and console. A new under-rear-seat storage system increases the amount of cubby space in the cabin. A cargo management system with collapsible plastic dividers comes on each Dakota, too, as does a new storage bin above the glovebox. The center console has molded-in storage for an MP3 player like the Caliber hatchback, along with an extra power point. And the MP3 player of your choice can be plugged into a new range of audio systems that offer Sirius satellite radio, or even a DVD navigation system.

 

The new Dakota arrives on dealer lots this August.

 


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