Dodge Intrepid Overview Manufacturer (1993–1998) (1998–2004) Also called Chrysler Intrepid (Canada) Production 1992–2004 1993–2004 Assembly in, in, U.S. Body and chassis 4-door Chronology Predecessor () () Successor (Canada) The Dodge Intrepid is a four-door that was produced by Dodge (Chrysler) for 1993 to 2004. It is related to the,,,, and which were all built on Chrysler's new '. The Intrepid was sold in as the Chrysler Intrepid. In the, it replaced the as Dodge's largest car. With Dodge's introduction to during that time, it was badged as a Dodge, replacing the which had been sold there under the brand.
Contents • • • • • • • • • • • • • Background [ ] The Intrepid's design goes back to 1986, when designer Kevin Verduyn completed the initial exterior design of a new aerodynamic concept sedan called Navajo. The design never passed the clay model stage. It was also at this time that the Chrysler Corporation purchased bankrupt manufacturer. The Navajo's exterior design was reworked and became the, released as a concept at the 1987. The Portofino was heralded as a design triumph, setting in motion Chrysler's decision to produce a production sedan with the Portofino's revolutionary exterior design, called '. The design was characterized by the long, low slung windshield, and relatively short overhangs.
The wheels were effectively pushed to the corners of the car, creating a much larger passenger cabin than the contemporaries of the time. Kawasaki Mule 3010 3000 Manual. Design of the chassis began in the late 1980s, after Chrysler had bought (AMC) in 1987. During this time, Chrysler began designing the replacement for the then-new Dodge Dynasty, which was a.
Initial proposals bore resemblance to the Dynasty, but this design approach was scrapped entirely in 1988 by, the former AMC Vice President of product engineering and development. As AMC was purchased by Chrysler, Castaing became new Vice President for Vehicle Engineering for the new company. The acquiring automaker was in desperate need to replicate the AMC and Renault corporate culture where work was conducted in an atmosphere 'of constant change'. Castaing organized Chrysler's departments into AMC-style cross-function teams, as well as incorporated the use of simultaneous engineering. Moreover, the new vehicle's design, under Castaing's leadership, began with the platform. The Premier's longitudinal engine mounting layout was inherited, as was the front suspension geometry, and parts of the braking system.
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The chassis itself became a flexible architecture capable of supporting front or (designated 'LH' and 'LX' respectively). The chassis design was continually refined throughout the following years, as it underpinned more Chrysler prototypes: the 1989 Chrysler Millennium and 1990. The transmission was inspired by the Premier's Audi and ZF automatics. Borrowing heavily from Chrysler's A604 (41TE) ' transversely mounted automatic, it became the A606 (also known as 42LE). The initial standard 3.3 L was joined in 1990 with a 3.5 L engine with four valves per cylinder. For the second generation Intrepid R/T the block was recast in aluminum as part of a comprehensive upgrade.
First generation (1993–1997) [ ] First generation Overview Production June 1992–August 1997 Assembly,,,, U.S. Kevin Verduyn (1988) Body and chassis Related Powertrain 3.3 L 3.5 L V6 4-speed Dimensions 113 in (2,870 mm) Length 1993–94: 201.7 in (5,123 mm) 1995–97: 201.8 in (5,126 mm) Width 74.4 in (1,890 mm) Height 56.3 in (1,430 mm) 3,318 lb (1,505 kg). Rear view The first generation of LH cars debuted at the 1992 in as three 1993 models: the Chrysler Concorde, Dodge Intrepid (badged as a Chrysler in Canada), and the Eagle Vision (badged as a Chrysler in Europe).
The Intrepid was available in two trim levels: base and the sportier, better-equipped ES, which added four-wheel disc brakes, 16' wheels with better tires, and stiffer 'touring' suspension damping. All Intrepids received driver and front passenger airbags, a rarity at the time, as well as air conditioning and the four-speed automatic transmission.
Anti-lock brakes were optional, as was traction control and the more powerful 3.5 L SOHC engine rated at (214 hp). The Intrepid's launch marked a new image for the Dodge brand, which began to market itself as 'The New Dodge' with a marketing campaign featuring actor, who would go on to serve as the brand's spokesperson for the rest of the decade. Changes were few over the Intrepid's initial five-year production. A new variable-assist power steering rack replaced the original for 1994, allowing for easier parking while maintaining a firmer feel at speed. The touring suspension tuning was also made standard equipment in the base model this year. Were made standard in the ES in 1995, and in 1996 a new manual shift function for the, called, was inherited from the Eagle Vision TSi: the first transmission of its kind available in a mainstream car.
In addition, Chrysler updated the Dodge Intrepid for the 1995 model year, adding the previous Dodge Ram logo, which was used from 1994-2009. Each exterior treatment uses a hoodline and chrome accented with body colored accents. The Intrepid was often compared with the and, and to a lesser extent, the,, and. Intrepids were built at ' facility, originally established to manufacture the, in,, Canada; and at the Chrysler plant at Newark, Delaware. Engines [ ] • 3.3 L OHV V6 • 3.5 L SOHC V6. Rear view The LH cars were redesigned for the 1998 model year, with the 1998 Intrepid being designed by Robert Boniface and taking 31 months from design freeze to commencement.
The engines were replaced by two new all-aluminum units: a 2.7 L ( 2736 cc), 200 hp (150 kW) V6 for base models, and a 3.2 L (3231 cc), 225 hp (168 kW) V6 for the ES. A new, top-of-the-line R/T model was added in 1999, the centerpiece of which was a redesigned version of the 3.5 L (3518 cc) V6, now producing 242 hp (180 kW) and 234 hp (174 kW) for the ES. At the same time the 3.2 L was reduced to an option in the ES. The Intrepid was completely redesigned for the 1998 model year, arriving in showrooms during late 1997. Body shells were designed to be stronger and stiffer, as well as incorporating double-shear suspension mounts and integrated side impact protection. • MY1999: Minor changes to interior panels. The Chrysler Sentry Key theft-deterrent system disabled the ignition unless the proper key was used to start the engine.
• MY2000: New variable-assist steering, and an optional 4-disc in-dash CD changer. • MY2002: The 3.5L replaced the 3.2L, and the water pump issues on the 2.7L were now resolved, New wheel covers were available for 2002.
The R/T received an extra 2 hp (1.5 kW) from PCM programming changes which allowed it to have 244 hp (182 kW) on 89-octane fuel. This was also the year when DaimlerChrysler began cost-cutting that led to the deletion of various features from the Intrepid. Most notable were the deletion of the illuminated headlight switch, illuminated traction control switch, illuminated lock and window switches, door courtesy lights (replaced with red reflectors), illuminated ashtray receptacle, trunk lid liner, armrest power outlet, door emblems, driver's seat map pocket, and the blacked-out front fascia paint scheme. Cost-cutting was one of the reasons why sales of the Intrepid started to slump.
• MY2003: No major changes were made except the optional 4-disc in-dash CD changer was replaced with the optional 6-disc in-dash CD changer. The R/T was discontinued in 2003, but a new SXT model kept the 3.5 L High Output engine with an increase to a 250 hp (186 kW) rating. The SXT moniker was eventually used across the Dodge product line as a trim level. The Intrepid SXT was basically a base model Intrepid SE with the 3.5 H.O. Engine taken from the R/T, with some 'sportier' features such as a sunroof and spoiler. It was a value trim model actually classified as an ES (SXT), but had less features than the ES did with a more powerful engine. • MY2004: discontinued the Intrepid after 2004 to be replaced by the new LX vehicles; the 2005 and 2006.