2008 Dodge Caliber | new car review
Being atypical seems to be the new mantra at American car maker Dodge. The 2008 Dodge Caliber is not your typical car. The core offerings of this mid size sedan, eh, SUV are its personality and attitude. The Caliber consciously stands out from generic-looking cars in the crowded segment. Dodge product think-tanks have mated convenience elements from a typical hatchback and the practicality of a SUV in the Caliber. The final result is a crossover with bold and aggressive styling. The Caliber is offered in two trim levels, SXT and all-wheel drive R/T. The SXT gets a 158hp 2.0-litre with CVT while the R/T’s 172hp 2.4-litre is offered with manual transmission only.
The Caliber has Dodge’s hallmark DNA stamped all over and sports an enjoyable mix of styling. On the tin, there’s an aggressive face with a signature Dodge crosshair grill, bold crease lines on the clamshell bonnet and a bulky single-piece moulded bumper.
Inside, Caliber’s car-like dash is big and sporty. A cool feature is the chilled beverage compartment in the glove box that can hold up to four 500ml bottles or cans. Top-end Boston Acoustics audio systems, sliding armrest with unique flip pocket for storing a mobile phone or an MP3 player, an optional drop down tailgate speaker system are some of the lifestyle features that make Caliber unique.
Suspension is tuned for road use and employs independent architecture including MacPherson struts and multi-links. Safety is important and the Caliber comes fitted with advanced multi-stage front driver and passenger air bags, standard supplemental side-curtain air bags, optional seat-mounted supplemental side air bags and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
According to Dodge market research pundits, the Caliber is to be the drive of choice by mature and successful customers in their 30’s, who also happen to be amongst the most difficult to do business with.
Engine 2.0-litre, 4 Cyl 2.4-litre, 4 Cyl
Power 158bhp 172bhp
Torque 190Nm 220Nm
Transmission Manual/Auto Manual
Starts from UAE Dirhams 65000*
* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.