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Dodge Caliber Turbo Diesel Arrives



15th January, 2007

Dodge Caliber

Dodge has added a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine to its 'off to a slow start' Caliber line-up.

Producing 103 kW and 310 Nm the 2.0-litre turbo diesel (CRD) is a 2,000-bar direct-injection power unit with high-pressure fuel injection, dual balance shafts, a variable geometry turbocharger and four valves per cylinder.

The powertrain is paired with a six-speed manual transmission with a three-shaft gear train which helps deliver fuel economy of just 6.0-litres per 100 kms.

The 2.0-litre CRD meets Euro 4 emission standards and becomes the fourth engine in the Caliber range joining the 1.8-litre, 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre petrol engines.

According to Gerry Jenkins an increasing number of customers are switching on to the benefits that modern diesel engines provide.

“With the addition of this state-of-the-art 2.0-litre CRD customers can enjoy both impressive performance and highly efficient fuel economy in a bold, American designed Dodge,” said Jenkins.

“The Caliber appeals to people who want something a bit different, that breaks the mould and stands out from the crowd, now the turbo diesel engine further broadens its appeal,” he said.

The Caliber boasts a list of standard features including: dual front and side-curtain air bags, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, keyless entry with Sentry Key® engine immobiliser, security alarm, central locking, air-conditioning, CD stereo, tilt steering wheel, driver one-touch power windows, power folding heated exterior mirrors and 60/40 split rear seats that fold flat.

In addition the 2.0-litre diesel models, like the 2.4-litre petrol models, add as standard Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Traction Control and Brake Assist.

Unique features available on the Caliber further differentiate the product from others in the market place. These features include MusicGate Power®, a 458 watt nine-speaker Boston Acoustics premium sound system with subwoofer that includes two articulating speakers packaged in the liftgate, Chill Zone® (standard) - a cooled beverage storage bin that can hold up to four standard bottles or cans and a dual-purpose self-recharging removable flashlight (standard), mounted in the headliner of the vehicle.

Testifying to its design, the Caliber has also received a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the USA.

The diesel powered engine is available in three Caliber models - ST, SX and SXT - with prices starting from just $28,990 (RRP) for the ST 2.0-litre CRD.

Dodge Caliber prices

Caliber ST 1.8L Manual $23,990
Caliber ST 2.0L Manual CRD $28,990
Caliber SX 1.8L Manual $25,990
Caliber SX 2.0L CVT $28,490
Caliber SX 2.0L Manual CRD $30,490
Caliber SXT 1.8L Manual $27,490
Caliber SXT 2.0L CVT $29,990
Caliber SXT 2.0L Manual CRD 31,990
Caliber R/T 2.4L Manual $29,990

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All models -
Premium Paint $300
Applies to all paints except for Black and Stone White
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ST and SX only
Electronic Stability Program (standard on 2.0L CRD and 2.4L petrol models) $490
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SXT only -
Power Sunroof $1,980
Sport & Sound Value Pack (1) No cost option
18 x 7.0" Aluminium Chrome Wheels (2) $490
18 x 7.0" Aluminium Chrome Wheels (3) $1,490
9 Speaker Premium Sound Group (4) $1,075
Electronic Stability Program (standard on 2.0L CRD and 2.4L petrol models) $490
18 x 7.0" Aluminium Wheels $990
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R/T only -
Power Sunroof $1,980
18 x 7.0" Aluminium Chrome Wheels $490
9 Speaker Premium Sound Group (4) $1,075
Leather interior group (5) $2,475

(1) Consists of 18" x 7.0" aluminium wheels, 9 speaker Premium Sound Group, Sport Appearance Interior Group consists of cloth seats with colour keyed insert, instrument panel colour keyed, colour keyed PRNDL bezel, black out tape.

Sport & Sound Value Pack replaces the Leather Interior Group. Leather Interior Group consists of leather upholstery, heated front seats, manual driver lumber adjust, steering wheel audio controls, leather wrapped steering wheel.

(2) Can only be ordered with Sport & Sound Value Pack, thus is an optional upgrade to the alloy wheel within this pack.

(3) When ordered as a stand alone option

(4) No cost when part of Sport & Sound Value Pack Consists of 6 Boston Acoustics speakers, two articulating liftgate speakers, leather wrapped steering wheel, steering wheel audio controls.

(5) Manual driver lumbar support, leather faced heated front seats, Deletes cloth seats with colour keyed insert, instrument panel and bezel

Dodge Caliber production
Production of the Dodge Caliber began in early 2006 at the Belvidere, Illinois, Assembly Plant.

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