• Sep 6, 2009
2010 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty – Click above for high-res image gallery

Chrysler's in a tough spot right now. The beleaguered automaker survived the Daimler fiasco only to be picked up by an indifferent Cerberus team before ultimately ending up in bankruptcy court. Chrysler came out of those proceedings with a new dance partner in Fiat, and while the new company has a healthier balance sheet, a lack of funding has left the Pentastar with a nearly empty cupboard when it comes to new 2010 products.

In fact, Chrysler's new-product roster for the coming model year can be counted on one finger. The heavy duty 2010 Dodge Ram arrives with new sheetmetal, a significantly improved interior, a new crew cab configuration, and upgraded gasoline and diesel engines. It'll eventually be followed by commercial versions, with model designations ranging from 2500 to 5500.

As for the rest of the lineup, Chrysler did the most it could with its limited resources. Among the running changes for the 2010 model year are an improved Dodge Caliber interior, an updated, smooth-hooded Chrysler Sebring (as if anyone's going to notice) and plenty of fuel economy-related updates. The Dodge Nitro, Jeep Liberty and light-duty Ram receive a fuel cutoff feature during deceleration. The Dodge Caliber, Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot add entry-level 2.0L four-cylinder models that deliver nominal fuel economy gains (2 mpg in the Dodge, 1 mpg in the Jeeps). The 3.5L Dodge Journey, a car that we'd all but forgotten about, will also see tweaks that will allow it to pick up an additional mpg as well.

Finally, Chrysler hopes to entice buyers by making previously optional equipment standard for 2010, while also adjusting pricing. The Dodge Caravan cost of entry has been lowered by $2,180 to $21,800, giving families a budget-priced option in the minivan market. Oh, and one last thing -- a limited edition Dodge Challenger SRT8 will be offered in Plum Crazy for 2010. Now that sounds genuinely interesting.




[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope Chrysler makes it till they can get some Fiat models
      • 5 Years Ago
      They must kill the Compass,Nitro and SebringAvenger.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What happened to the EVs they were coming out with? I don't care about any of these dino juice suckers they are for rubes and lemmings. Oops I guess that is most of America, never mind carry on.
      • 5 Years Ago
      2011 Ford Super Duty is where it's at!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dodge Ram, a heck more utility than a...Crosstour.

        ;p
        • 5 Years Ago
        Is it me or does this somehow look like an Ford F Series? I'm thinking the paint color? Not the front clip of course, but the side of it.... hmmm
        • 5 Years Ago
        See The Brand New 2010 Chrysler's . . . . . .






        . . . . . . at your favorite Rent-A-Car location.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL @ James
        +1
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL @ James
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Journey is actually pretty decent, good looking and not too big. The interior design is teh biggest weakness, surprise surprise.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. But based on what they've done recently with the Ram, Challenger, Caliber, and the new Grand Cherokee, I expect that some nice interior bits are on the way for the Journey. That along with the new V6 should make it more than competitive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those hips don't lie.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Allpar.com says the iDFSO (that's the fuel shutoff) is standard on other cars as well, like the 4.0L minivans and Charger.

      Some other vehicles will also get a fuel saver indicator light that lights up under "good" driving.

      The options/packages have also been shuffled around..

      http://www.allpar.com/history/chrysler-years/2010.html
        • 5 Years Ago
        WOW! I really NEED a light to tell me I am driving "conservativly". What a BONUS! I can't wait to pay extra for that. Meanwhile, where is the Neon when you could use one?
        • 5 Years Ago
        mbslrm: surely you understand that nothing gets added for free.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ow.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The current Ram 1500 Crew/Quad Cab has only 53% Domestic Content. This beast will be assembled in Mexico using more Chinese Steel (I've seen the spec sheets ), while the St. Louis Truck Plant sits idled. That's our tax payer dollars at work folks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So if ever a global chrome shortage were to start, I think we'd know who the culprits were
        • 5 Years Ago
        What, you mean the faux chrome which is just coated plastic?
      • 5 Years Ago
      You also forgot to add that almost every model now has Active Head Restraints.

      I mean I think for the 3 months they've been out of bankruptcy they have done a lot, every model has improvements next year besides the PT.

      I can't wait for the 2011 Grand Cherokees Either... I'll be there the day my dealer gets them in. I also want the 200c and 2011 Charger.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If only they would drop the 2-tone body color.............these beige wheel wells are truly killing an otherwise nice truck.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You can order the Laramie models in a single tone paint scheme. Thank the Lord.

        On another note, the ribbed hood was the only real distinctive feature found on Sebrings and was a Chrysler touch that I liked. Oh well; the replacement cannot arrive soon enough.