The 2010 Dodge Caliber has arrived in New Zealand, complete with a makeover that has transformed the interior of the car
A more refined Dodge Caliber has arrived in New Zealand, continuing Chrysler's programme of model makeovers.
The new Dodge Caliber follows upgrades to the Dodge Journey 7-seater crossover, Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Patriot in recent months.
Chrysler says the focus in the 2010 Dodge Caliber has been a makeover for the passenger cabin, which is now "more stylish, luxurious and comfortable".
New seating features quality stain-proof, odour-proof and anti-static velour in two different colour schemes – red accents around the centre instrument cluster and red stitching on the seats, or blue accents and blue stitching, depending on the exterior colour of the car.
Also new is a leather sports steering wheel, centre console and sports-style instruments.
The dashboard now features a storage bin with a sprung lid.
“The passenger cabin has undergone a complete transformation – buyers will be very impressed with the classy and comfortable environment,” says Todd Groves, Chrysler Divisional Manager for Sime Darby Automobiles NZ.
The exterior of the Dodge Caliber retains the SUV-cum-hatchback crossover styling, but is enhanced by a chrome strip along the lower doors and 18-inch, multi-spoke, polished alloy wheels as standard.
The Dodge Caliber range is now just a single model, a 2-litre SXT featuring the CVT automatic transmission.
Features of the Caliber include cruise control, air-conditioning, remote central locking with anti-theft and motion car alarm, power windows and power/heated door mirrors, and an audio system with MP3 compatibility.
Other innovative features include a refrigerated area in the glovebox, a removable ceiling light that doubles as a handy rechargeable flashlight, and LED illuminated cupholders.
Safety features include front airbags, side curtain airbags, a strong safety cell structure and in-door intrusion bars. Driver and front passenger seat head restraints and a driver’s knee airbag have been added in the 2010 Caliber.
The DOHC, 16-valve, 2-litre engine delivers 115kW of power and 190Nm of torque.
Chrysler says the latest Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT2) contributes to a fuel economy improvement of 6-8% compared with a traditional 4-speed automatic and offers six-speed manual gear selection via a sequential shift. Fuel economy is 8.0L/100km over the combined cycle and 6.9L/100km on the highway.
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