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by Matt Brogan

Details of the 2010 Dodge Caliber have today been released. Key changes are minimal though a revised interior as well as the dropping of the SRT-4 model from the line-up are perhaps the only real highlights of the news.

Inside the door trims receive softer vinyl than before as does the revised centre console. New brightwork around the console and centre stack also help break up the acres of dull grey plastic.

A revised instrument panel, larger HVAC controls, and increased storage areas, one of which is chilled, round out the changes.

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European markets will also receive a new 120kW/320Nm 2.2-litre CRD four-cylinder diesel engine, sourced from Mercedes-Benz to replace the 2.0-litre unit previous obtained from Volkswagen.

The rest of the world will get two petrol engines: a 2.0 litre 115kW/190Nm four-cylinder and a 2.4-litre 125kW/220Nm four-cylinder.

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“The Dodge Caliber is not your typical C-segment car. When we launched the Dodge Caliber only a few years ago, its bold style made a clear statement on the European roads, allowing owners to be active, stand out and do more,” said Mike Accavitti, President and Chief Executive Officer – Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC.

“Now paired with an all-new turbo-diesel engine that offers better fuel consumption and performance and an improved interior full of value and customer-friendly features, the Dodge Caliber continues to offer our European clients unique Dodge attitude combined with one of the best value proposition in the segment.”

News on Australian specification and timing are yet to be announced.




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