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Dodge Restyles '08 Dakota

Originally Published in Trailer Life Magazine

Dodge Dakota 08 1245565For 2008, Dodge has restyled and refined its midsize Dakota pickup. The
new truck gets added power, new exterior styling and a new interior.
Dakota’s optional 4.7-liter V-8 is upped by 25 percent to 290 hp. Torque
also rises by 10 percent to 320 lb-ft. Additionally, fuel economy is up
and it has E85 flex-fuel capability.

A 3.7-liter V-6 engine is standard. V-8 Dakotas will be offered
with a five-speed automatic; V-6s will have a six-speed automatic
(except for Laramie trim) or a four-speed automatic. Two- and
four-wheel-drive versions will be available.

Outside, a new hood, grille, front and rear ends, and headlamps
are restyled. New Dakotas also get a new instrument panel and console. A
new under-rear-seat storage system, a cargo management system with
collapsible dividers, plus a storage bin above the glovebox add
convenience. An MP3 player can be plugged into a new range of audio
systems with optional satellite radio, and a DVD navigation system.

Pricing and tow ratings have not been announced. The 2008 Dakotas should be on sale in August.

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