Family fun is a nice idea, but the two words rarely go together in the automobile industry. The new Dodge Calibre Range offers an amusing entry in the family hatchback category. The interiors are interesting from their unusual colors to their special technology-friendly iPod holder. The car is just built for the modern, fun-loving, active family.
Take for example the extra glove box in the Dodge Calibre. It is big enough for 4 bottles of water, chilled and ready for a cool drink along the way. Dodge markets this as the Chill Zone, and it is just the kind of little extra that will capture the imaginations of family buyers looking for something a little out of the ordinary. Riders can turn on the CD stereo and sit back with a cool drink whilst they enjoy the ride. With that appealing image in their minds, buyers will think of the Dodge Calibre as a wonderful break from the conventional.
The engines of the Dodge Calibre Range will not disappoint, either. The 148bhp 1.8-litre petrol engine is the most popular. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 9 seconds and reach a maximum speed of over 120mph. The 1.8-litre unit gets a five-speed manual gearbox. Its fuel consumption is about 36mpg in combined driving, and it has 174g/km of CO2 emissions. There is also a 2.0-litre engine to choose, and it gets a CVT automatic gearbox. This engine gets 35mpg in the combined cycle and 192 g/km CO2 emissions.
An outstanding 2.0-litre diesel model delivers power of 136bhp and a fantastic 310Nm of torque. The turbo diesel has direct high-pressure fuel injection. The turbo is a variable geometry turbocharger, for plenty of go. Electronically controlled fuel injection promises the best possible amount of fuel for the cycle. The fuel is more finely atomized, and the engine delivers the torque and power needed, along with reasonable numbers on fuel efficiency, at 46mpg in combined driving. Its CO2 emissions are 161g/km. As diesels go, it is one of the less noisy ones.
Dodge offers two trim packages for the Calibre: the SE and the SXT levels. The Calibre SE has plenty of goodies, with electric windows all around, a CD player, remote central locking, and air conditioning. The Calibre SXT is a step up, with bigger wheels and more safety equipment.
The charm of the Dodge Calibre is not just in its interior equipment or colors, though. It is a well-styled vehicle from the outside as well, with interesting lines and remarkable details. It is not a strange car in any way, but the family wanting to present a slightly unconventional image can be proud to park it in their driveway.
The Dodge Calibre can go down as one of the most fun and exciting hatchbacks of the year, at least within its price range. Many families will adore it and drive it until the wheels fall off. It is simply the kind of car that people come to think of as a part of the family. It has that much personality and charm. Dodge has come up with a real people pleaser, and the Calibre is bound to carve out a place for itself rather nicely.
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