The 2023 Dodge Nitro could happen after all. Yes, the comeback is on the cards as Dodge plans to refresh the lineup of SUVs and crossovers. Back in the day, Nitro was a boxy SUV with a bold design. Moreover, it was an SUV with character and interesting styling. Unfortunately, thanks to an outdated engine and some other mechanics, Nitro didn’t make it on the big stage.
Now, the return is about to happen, although the new model will not share that much with the previous generation. The name is the same, but everything else should be something completely new and unique. Without further ado, here’s everything we know about the new Nitro model and its possible comeback.
Dodge Nitro Styling
In order to succeed, the new 2023 Dodge Nitro will have to depart from its previous look. Hopefully, Dodge will not make the same mistake twice. Therefore, we expect to see a new design language on the new Nitro SUV. For a start, we don’t know which platform will underpin this model. However, Dodge won’t develop a new architecture.
Therefore, Nitro will, depending on size, borrow a platform from models such as Jeep Compass. Some reports are writing about the PSA EMP platform that supports the current Peugeot 3008 model. This means the Nitro won’t be a full-size SUV, or anything similar. Still, we are waiting to hear more details, and hopefully, see a brand-new model on the roads in the coming months.
It’s too early to discuss the cabin details, but given the anticipated close relationship with the French automaker, it is extremely possible that the 2023 Dodge Nitro will have a somewhat opulent interior. Peugeot is well recognized for its premium and appealing interior design, so Nitro could borrow a lot of things from its sibling.
In any event, we anticipate a big improvement over Dodge’s current interior strategy, which now prioritizes economy above luxury. In addition, we anticipate a wide range of cutting-edge innovations, whether they pertain to convenience, safety, or infotainment systems.
If the 2023 Dodge Nitro indeed deploys the PSA EMP platform, then we can safely predict a 1.6-liter engine under the hood. It is a turbo-four gasoline unit with 225 horsepower. Moreover, this means the Nitro SUV will be a front-wheel-drive model with an all-wheel-drive system available as an option. On top of that, a hybrid system with either one or two electric motors is a possibility.
This version will come with a standard AWD setup and it will generate around 300 horsepower. An 8-speed automatic transmission will be on offer as well. This is just a bold prediction at the moment, but many reliable reports are predicting this exact configuration.
2023 Dodge Nitro Price, Release Date
Since the 2023 Dodge Nitro won’t be a luxury full-size SUV, the price of this model will start at around $30,000. Whatsoever, Dodge could surprise us with a more affordable price. At this moment, it is impossible to predict all of the details, so we are waiting to hear official words. Per source, the sales will begin in the first quarter of 2023.