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2011 Dodge Nitro Technical Specifications
General Information
Body Style Sport-utility vehicle (SUV)
Construction Steel uniframe
Assembly Plant Toledo North Assembly Plant, Toledo, Ohio
EPA Vehicle Class Multi-purpose vehicle
Introduction Date July 2006 as a 2007 model
  3.7-Liter SOHC V-6 4.0-Liter SOHC V-6
Availability Heat Heat, Detonator and Shock
Type and Description 90-degree V-6, liquid-cooled w/balance shaft 60-degree bank angle, liquid-cooled, with three-plenum intake manifold, electronically controlled and short-runner valves
Displacement 225.8 cu. in.. (3700 cu. cm) 241.2 cu. in. (3952 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke 3.66 x 3.57 (93.0 x 90.8) 3.78 x 3.58 (96 x 91)
Valve System Chain-driven SOHC, 12 valves, hydraulic end-pivot roller rockers SOHC, 24 valves, hydraulic, center-pivot roller rocker arms
Fuel Injection Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless Sequential, multiport, electronic
Construction Cast-iron block and bedplate, aluminum alloy heads, balance shaft Semi-permanent molded aluminum block with cast-in iron liners and cast-aluminum heads
Compression Ratio 9.7:1 10.3:1
Power (SAE net) 210 hp (157 kW) @ 5,200 rpm 260 hp (194 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
Torque (SAE net) 235 lb.-ft. (319 N*m) @ 4,000 rpm 265 lb.-ft. (359 N*m) @ 4,200 rpm
Max. Engine Speed 6,000 rpm (electronically limited) 6,000 rpm (electronically limited)
Fuel Requirement Unleaded regular, 87 octane (R+M)/2 Unleaded mid-grade, 89 octane (R+M)/2--preferred, unleaded regular, 87 octane (R+M)/2--acceptable
Oil Capacity 5.0 qt. (3.7L) SAE 5W/20 6 qt. (4.0L) SAE 10W-30 with dry filter
Coolant Capacity 14.0 qt. (13.25L) 14.3 qt. (13.5L)
Emission Controls Two mini-oxidation three-way catalytic converters, four heated oxygen sensors, EGR and internal engine features(a) Maniverter three-way catalytic converters, quad-heated oxygen sensors and internal engine feature(b)
Alternator 140-amp 140-amp
Battery 600 CCA, maintenance-free 600 CCA, maintenance-free
Estimated 2011 EPA Fuel Economy mpg (City/Hwy) 16/22 - 2WD Four-speed automatic transmission
15/21 - 4WD Four-speed automatic transmission
16/21 - 2WD Five-speed Automatic Transmission
16/21 - 4WD Five-speed Automatic Transmission
(a) Meets federal emission BIN5 standard and ULEV II standard for California emission states.
(b) Meets 50 State BIN5+ LEVII+ emission standard.
  42RLE - Automatic Four-Speed Overdrive W5A580 - Automatic Five-Speed Overdrive
Availability Standard with 3.7-liter SOHC V-6 Standard on 4.0-liter SOHC V-6
Description Adaptive electronic control, electronically modulated torque converter clutch Adaptive electronic control, electronically modulated torque converter clutch
Gear Ratios
1st 2.84 3.59
2nd 1.57 2.19
3rd 1 1.41
4th 0.69 1
5th -- 0.83
Reverse 2.21 3.16
Axle Ratio 3.73 3.21 with 4.0-liter SOHC V-6
Overall Top gear 2.57 2.66 with 4.0-liter SOHC V-6
Transfer Case: MP 143 GII Single-Speed
Availability Included on 4WD
Type Part-time, electronically shifted
Operating Ranges 2WD, 4WD lock, electronically controlled
Center Differential Type None
Torque Split, F/R 50/50
Layout Longitudinal front engine, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive
Construction Steel uniframe
Front Upper and lower "A" arms, coil springs, low-pressure gas-charged shock absorbers, stabilizer bar
Rear Live axle, upper and lower trailing arms, track bar, coil springs, stabilizer bar, low-pressure gas-charged shock absorbers
Type Power rack-and-pinion
Overall Ratio 17.36:1
Turning Diameter (curb-to-curb) 36.3 ft. (11.1 m)
Steering Turns (lock-to-lock) 3.42
Size and Type f,r 11.9 x 1.1 (302 x 28) vented rotor with 2.6 (66) single-piston floating caliper/ 12.44 x 0.47 (316 x 12) solid rotor with 1.9 (48) single-piston floating caliper
Swept Area (per caliper) f,r 110.1 sq. in. (710.6 sq. cm)/ 103.5 sq. in. (668 sq. cm)
Power-assist Type 8 x 9 (204 x 230) tandem-diaphragm vacuum
All dimensions are in inches (millimeters) at curb weight with standard wheels and tires unless otherwise noted.