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Report: Dodge Nitro Heat, Detonator and Shock Models New for 2010

New Nitro models expected at 2010 Detroit Auto Show

 |  Jan 08 2010, 12:26 PM

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For 2010 Dodge has decided to shake up the Nitro lineup with three new model designations: Heat, Detonator and Shock. All models will come with a 4.0-liter V6 engine, 20-inch wheels, and a 368-watt eight speaker audio system, plus 9-inch subwoofer. That 4.0-liter V6 has also been tweaked significantly for 2010 with 23 percent more ponies on call and 12 percent more torque for a total of 260-hp and 265 ft-lbs. The V6 comes mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission.

Heat models are priced from $23,995, while Detonator models start at $25,995 and add remote start, color-matched cloth interior and rear-park assist. The top trim level Shock model gets heated leather seats and a sunroof and retails fr $26,995.

All 2010 Nitro models will be available in a new Detonator Yellow paint color (shown above).

GALLERY: 2010 Dodge Nitro Detonator

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Official release after the jump:

PRESS RELEASE

All-new Dodge Nitro model lineup gives more bang for your buck
The Dodge Nitro lineup has been revised and renamed for 2010, offering new exterior and interior styling and new standard features and safety equipment for 2010. These new models (Heat, Detonator and Shock) provide Nitro customers with more standard content, including a standard 4.0-liter V-6 engine, 20-inch aluminum wheels, eight premium speakers with a 368-watt amplifier and 9-inch subwoofer, deep-tinted glass, Uconnect Phone, iPod Control, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, speed control and security alarm.

In addition to the curb appeal gained from its 20-inch painted Mopar® aluminum wheels and body-color grille with bright billets, the 2010 Dodge Nitro Heat packs a punch with 23 percent more horsepower and 12 percent more torque than the previous entry-level model. With its aluminum 4.0-liter overhead cam V-6 engine, the Nitro Heat, and the entire Nitro lineup, delivers 260 horsepower (194 kW) and 265 lb.-ft. (359 N•m) of torque with a five-speed automatic transmission. MSRP for the 2010 Dodge Nitro Heat is $23,995 (including $745 destination).

The Dodge Nitro Detonator offers new exterior design cues, as well as standard interior and safety features that were previously optional on the former SXT model. The new Dodge Detonator model features 20-inch Mopar polished/painted aluminum wheels, hood decal, eight speakers plus subwoofer, remote start, ParkSense® rear-park assist and color-keyed premium cloth interior that matches the exterior paint color. MSRP for the 2010 Dodge Nitro Detonator is $25,995 (including $745 destination).

The Dodge Nitro Shock adds heated leather seats and a sun roof to the Nitro Detonator model. MSRP for the 2010 Dodge Nitro Shock is $26,995 (including $745 destination).

The new 2010 Dodge Nitro lineup is now available in nine exterior colors, including Detonator Yellow Clear Coat (late availability).

  • Jeff

    Ain’t nobody gonna be tricked into buying that mess. Chrysler is so far behind in technology and design it’s just pitiful to watch. It’s like they’re stuck in 2004 and can’t seeem to figure a way out.

  • Riddler

    Jeff..your are an idiot. I have owned and own over 10 hCHrysler, Dodge and Jeep products since 1996 and probably make more in one month than you make in a year. It’s pitiful that your not very smart. I have never had a major problem with any of those vehicles. Get your facts before you speak.

  • Dianna

    I agree… Chrysler is beating the pants off the others if you look at value. GM and Ford have their stuff too high… I am a GM girl, but bought a Pacifica instead of an Enclave… saved 25k and got the same or better quality. Jeff, you need to pull your head out and take a closer look.

  • john

    Beside the fact that you would need ear-muffs to look at that yellow paint, the nitro is a quality mid-sized SUV with a plethora of features, many thatare standard, and for the price can be a a moving street statement that looks good on the inside too.

  • susan

    hey i just bought a Nitro Heat OMG i have shopped around for months to get a new vehicle i got more for my money at dodge than anywhere else i love it had it for a week sat more than what i could have gotten anywhere else i love it kudos to dodge for me i love my nitro its red and chrome with a sunroof and xtras for me thanks

  • Robert

    The baddest little big vehicle I have ever owned. Perfect in every way.
    I paid no attention to the nay sayers; I test drove it for myself and found it to be everything I wanted and more. It’s a wee monster in cute wrapping that just begs to be driven. You’d be surprised how well it handles. Price is affordable too for what you get!