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2008 Dodge Dakota pricing announced

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/9/2007 Michael Floyd

The new 2008 Dodge Dakota has gotten a major workover, with a redesigned interior and exterior styling, two cab styles, six trim levels, and more powerful engines;with improved fuel economy, according to the automaker.;Base pricing for the new Dakota, which;arrives in dealerships in August, starts;at $20,080 for Extended Cab models and $22,780 for Crew Cab models. Prices top out at $31,745 for a Laramie Crew Cab 4x4.

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The new Dakota comes standard with a 3.7-liter V-6 producing 210 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque. The engine has an Electronic Throttle Control and exhaust gas recirculation to help decrease emissions. The;updated 4.7-liter V-8 engine produces 302 horsepower (a 31 percent increase) and 329 pound-feet of torque (a 13 percent increase) and is also capable of operating on E85 ethanol.

The 2008 Dakota's exterior includes a newly styled hood, grille, front fascia, rear spoiler, fenders, and headlamps. The tailgate includes a new spoiler that helps smooth airflow over the rear of the truck to improve fuel economy, and the top surface of the cargo box has a new protective surface. The updated interior includes a new instrument panel, center console, accent finishes, and several new interior storage choices.

For 2008, the Dakota will be offered in two body styles;-- Extended Cab and Crew Cab -- and six trim levels: ST, SXT, SLT, TRX/TRX4, Sport, and Laramie.

Here's the complete pricing list:

2008 Dodge Dakota ST Extended Cab and Crew Cab

Dodge Dakota ST Extended Cab 4x2 $20,080; Dodge Dakota ST Extended Cab 4x4 $24,330; Dodge Dakota ST Crew Cab 4x2 $22,780; Dodge Dakota ST Crew Cab 4x4 $25,730

2008 Dodge Dakota SXT Extended Cab and Crew Cab

Dodge Dakota SXT Extended Cab 4x2 $21,640; Dodge Dakota SXT Extended Cab 4x4 $25,890; Dodge Dakota SXT Crew Cab 4x2 $24,285; Dodge Dakota SXT Crew Cab 4x4 $27,235

2008 Dodge Dakota SLT Extended Cab and Crew Cab

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Dodge Dakota SLT Extended Cab 4x2 $24,595; Dodge Dakota SLT Extended Cab 4x4 $27,545; Dodge Dakota SLT Crew Cab 4x2 $26,815; Dodge Dakota SLT Crew Cab 4x4 $29,765

2008 Dodge Dakota TRX/TRX4 Extended Cab and Crew Cab

Dodge Dakota TRX Extended Cab 4x2 $25,005; Dodge Dakota TRX4 Extended Cab 4x4 $28,190; Dodge Dakota TRX Crew Cab 4x2 $27,195; Dodge Dakota TRX4 Crew Cab 4x4 $30,390

2008 Dodge Dakota Sport Extended Cab and Crew Cab

Dodge Dakota Sport Extended Cab 4x2 $25,780; Dodge Dakota Sport Extended Cab 4x4 $28,705; Dodge Dakota Sport Crew Cab 4x2 $27,210; Dodge Dakota Sport Crew Cab 4x4 $30,120

2008 Dodge Dakota Laramie Extended Cab and Crew Cab

Dodge Dakota Laramie Extended Cab 4x2 $27,390; Dodge Dakota Laramie Extended Cab 4x4 $30,370; Dodge Dakota Laramie Crew Cab 4x2 $28,795; Dodge Dakota Laramie Crew Cab 4x4 $31,745

All prices include $645 destination.

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