(www.autoinsidernews.com) вЂ" The Chrysler Group today unveiled the restyled 2008 Dodge Dakota mid-size truck at the Chicago Auto Show. The newest version of the truck that invented the mid-size truck market in the 80s, features a new front end, a restyled interior, and a new V8 engine.
The new 4.7L V8 uses two spark plugs per cylinder, increased compression, improved air flow and a new combustion system to develop 290-hp and 20 lb.-ft. of torque, up 25 and 10 percent respectively. The new engine is also flex-fuel capable, and can run on E85 ethanol fuel, reports Trend.
The 2008 Dakota's restyled exterior includes a newly styled hood, grille, front fascia, rear spoiler, fenders and headlamps, which improve aerodynamics and offers better fit. The hood still features the drop-fendered, signature look for Dodge trucks. The 2008 Dakota also gets a new tailgate including a new spoiler to smooth air flow over the rear of the truck for improved fuel economy.
The new 2008 Dodge Dakota's interior includes a new instrument panel, center console and accent finishes, and several new interior storage choices.
The 2008 Dodge Dakota will arrive in dealerships in August.