Dodge Dakota was first introduced in the year 1986 as 1987 model. This is a mid-size pickup truck that was discontinued in 2011. After its 25 years of long run, its last unit of the third generation model came off the assembly-line on 23 August 2011 by Chrysler Group LLC. The manufacturer is thoughtful of reintroducing the model with the 2017 Dodge Dakota to engage its customers with such a low investment pickup truck.
2017 Dodge Dakota: Exterior and Interior Changes
The new Dakota will not only offer a refreshing look, but it will also grab everyone’s attention. With the thought of redesign and integration of style, Dodge Dakota will highlight the long-awaited unibody pickups in its class.
In fact, rumors have shown that it will certainly come with a reduction in weight along with reduced dimensions. Moreover, the quality of materials will not be hampered.
It is likely to give a bold look with the high-held front view. Front grille will be prominent in appearance that will set the alignment of headlights at its top ends below the hood cover. The front bumper will make its appearance more aggressive and will have several small air intakes. Foglights will be well-placed to get better visibility whenever necessary.
At its rear end, the taillights will be placed just beside tailgate. One can get protruded rear bumper for the better placement of feet on it.
The 2017 Dodge Dakota is likely to occupy high-quality and more advanced interior features than its predecessor. Seats will be trimmed in leather, and one can see the introduction of aluminum and plastic materials inside its cabin. With a significant change in its controlling unit, its driver will get all the necessary control nearby fingertips while steering.
Fully modified dashboard will offer automatic air conditioning, a navigation system, voice commands, hands-free calling and much more. The center console will provide two cup holders and comfortable space for smaller items.
Engine Options and Safety
The automaker has not revealed actual specifications of the engine for all new Dakota. It is seemed to be equipped with 2.4 liters, V8 engine that can produce a maximum power of 190 HP and 182 lb-ft. of maximum torque. It is likely to be coupled with 5-speed automatic transmission system.
Rumors also suggested that another engine variant of 2.5 liters turbodiesel engine will power the vehicle to deliver 180 HP and 300 lb-ft. of torque. It will be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission system.
The 2017 Dakota will offer advanced safety systems than its previous model. It has been predicted that this vehicle will come with stability control, pedestrian detection, traction control, Immobilizer, airbags and much more.
Price and Rivals
According to various sources, the price of 2017 Dodge Dakota still remains in the manufacturer’s hub. It is likely to hit the showroom in early 2017 with a predicted price around $40,000.
With the reintroduction of the vehicle, the manufacturer should be aware of some of its main rivals. It is expected to get competitors like Ford F-150, Toyota Tundra and Chevrolet Colorado.