If you are familiar with this nameplate, you probably remember the original’s bulky and boxy appearance, which was one of the main reasons for pretty good sales numbers in the initial years. Based on Jeep’s older KA platform, it wasn’t particularly refined nor easy to drive, and that’s the main reason why sales started to drop in the following years. The original model arrived in 2006 and it was already discontinued in 2011. Dodge hasn’t introduced a successor so far but things could easily change in the near future, considering that the 2022 Dodge Nitro has been rumored.
Although this is just speculation at the moment, the fact is that Dodge’s presence in the most competitive segment is missing. That’s definitely a big issue for the brand that already struggles to stabilize its sales numbers. Besides Charger and Challenger, it’s hard to find any other model in the lineup (and there aren’t many of them) that is among class leaders.
2022 Dodge Nitro Design
As you can see, there is a lot of reasons to believe that Dodge could offer a compact SUV or crossover in the near future. With the recent merger between FCA and PSA groups, the chances are much bigger, considering that we are now seeing two possible scenarios for the 2022 Dodge Nitro.
Of course, the first one would be relying on FCA’s familiar Compact Wide platform, the same one that already undeprints models like Compass and Cherokee. This sounds okay but we don’t believe that Nitro is such an iteration that would be interesting enough to attract a wider range of buyers.
Instead, we think that the use of the PSA EMP platform would be a smarter move. Peugeot is looking for a way to establish itself on the U.S. market again and while the latest reports suggest we won’t be seeing this brand in North America, we could see some of its models, with another badge on the grille. This indicates that the 2022 Dodge Nitro could easily come as a re-badged Peugeot 3008, which would be a fantastic thing, considering all the great features of the refined European crossovers. In other case, we would see the same mechanics, but a little different styling, adapted to Dodge’s design philosophy.
Of course, another thing that comes to mind is interior design. This aspect will largely depend on the platform but we presume that Dodge would tend to offer a little bit more upscale cabin this time. This leads us to fined materials and build quality, as well as on more stylish aesthetics. Naturally, we count on a full load of standard and available equipment.
In terms of space, we count on typical proportions for a compact crossover, which would mean between 105 and 110 inches in wheelbase, which means plenty of room in both rows of seats. If Dodge is about to implement its own design philosophy, we presume it would feature a rather boxy shape, which would be really friendly in terms of cargo capacity.
2022 Dodge Nitro Engines
Under the hood, we could easily see PSA engines installed in this model. This means that base versions would probably come with a turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine. More interestingly, this would probably mean the offer of two plug-in hybrid setups, with either 225 or 300 horsepower. We expect that more details will come in the near future.
2022 Dodge Nitro Release Date and Price
At this point, the 2022 Dodge Nitro is just a rumor and there is no sign of the possible official confirmation. Therefore, take this article with a big reserve, even though some rumors suggest we could see this model already in the next year. If it arrives, we presume that base models would go around 25.000 dollars.