Dodge Caliber Engine
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The Dodge Caliber served as the Chrysler compact car offering from 2007 through 2012. It replaced the Dodge Neon which was discontinued after the 2005 model year. The vehicle featured a transverse front-mounted engine in a front- or four-wheel drive configuration. The Caliber was only available as a five-door hatchback and was built on the Chrysler PM platform. Dodge offered the car with a number of different engine options.
The base SE or SXT models were available with a 1.8-liter engine that produced about 148 horsepower and was coupled to a five-speed manual transmission. Optionally, a 2.0-liter engine producing an additional 10 horsepower was available also utilizing the same transmission.
Purchasers opting for the R/T package got a little more power. The R/T featured aluminum wheels and some additional trim details along with a 2.4-liter gas engine with a 172 horsepower rating. This was coupled to a new transmission featuring an “AutoStick” feature allowing the car to shift gears in a manual mode without the use of a clutch.
More advanced buyers could opt for the SRT-4 model during the years 2008 and 2009. SRT stood for “Street and Racing Technology” and was the high performance offering of the Dodge Caliber. This element of the product line included a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder 16-valve engine equipped with a turbocharger that boosted horsepower to more than 280. The engine was coupled to a six-speed manual transmission. The SRT option also included enhanced suspension and brakes to improve handling and safety.
While American buyers were limited to gasoline engines, the European and Australian buyers could choose a diesel power plant manufactured by Volkswagon. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel was used throughout the life of the product although modifications made during the 2008 model year increased horsepower from 140 to about 170.
Marketing the Dodge Caliber in the Asian and Australian markets was a big step in the expansion of the Chrysler Corp. in the world automobile market. This was part of the company’s resurgence after its difficult financial times of the 1980s. The car was produced in the United States and at the company’s plant in Valencia, Venezuela.
The Dodge Caliber was replace by the Dodge Dart which debuted for the 2013 model year.