The introduction of the Caliber, in August, also marks the return of the Dodge brand to South Africa.
New Caliber here in August
"After great anticipation, DaimlerChrysler is proud to announce the return of Dodge to South African shores" said Guy Franken, Manager Marketing Chrysler Jeep Dodge division at DCSA.
"This global brand, DaimlerChrysler's best selling range, will be available at specially selected Dodge dealerships alongside the established Chrysler Jeep brands," said Franken.
The Dodge Caliber prices in South African will start at R169 900 for the 1.8-litre petrol version, going up to R224 900 for the top of the range model.
The Caliber SE variant, which will offer a 1.8-litre petrol and manual transmission, the SXT variant with a choice of the 1.8-litre petrol and manual transmission, 2.0-litre turbodiesel with 6 speed manual transmission or 2.0-litre petrol engine with a constantly variable transmission (CVT).
Dodge Caliber's standard equipment includes:
Side-curtain air bags
Illuminated front cup holders
12-volt power outlet
Centre console with sliding armrest
Armrest lid with unique flip pocket
Dual-purpose rechargeable/removable interior lamp
Vinyl load floor
Driver one-touch power windows
Electric folding exterior mirrors
Remote keyless entry
Dodge Caliber SE
Standard equipment on the Dodge Caliber SE includes all of the above features plus: fabric seats, 60/40 split rear seats that fold flat and recline (up to 12 degrees), a fold-flat front passenger seat, manual driver's seat height adjuster, tonneau cover, AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo radio, tachometer, air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, cabin and cargo lights, body-color grille crosshairs and fascias, black door handles and 17-inch steel wheels with five-spoke wheel covers.
Dodge Caliber SXT
Moving up to the Dodge Caliber SXT, additional standard features include: speed control, "Chill Zone" beverage cooler, bright silver instrument bezels and switches, body-color side moldings, chrome grille crosshairs, front fog lamps and 17-inch aluminum wheels with five-spoke design.
Available options on the Dodge Caliber SXT model include power sunroof and 18-inch aluminum wheels, the MusicGate Power Group that offers a leather-wrapped steering wheel with radio controls.
Additionally, a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics premium sound system with subwoofer and two articulating speakers packaged in the tailgate can also be specified. When the tailgate is open, the speakers can swing down from the trim panel to face rearward and play music to augment outdoor activities.
Maximum power: 110 kW at 6 500 r/min
Maximum torque: 168 Nm at 5 200 r/min
2.0-litre Turbo Diesel:
Maximum power: 103 kW at 4 000 r/min
Maximum torque: 310 Nm at 2 500 r/min
Maximum power: 115 kW at 6 300 r/min
Maximum torque: 190 Nm at 5 100 r/min