Dodge Cars and Trucks For 2000
By Carey Russ
Dodge got model year 2000 off to an early start with the introduction of the second-generation Neon last summer. It and most other Dodge cars have minor but significant revisions. The model lineup for the Caravan minivan has been realigned.
The newest Neon has been out for a few months. It's completely restyled outside, although definitely a Neon. It's a touch roomier inside, and more refined. If more civilized than the original, with more standard features, the fun has not been bred out. There are a number of small mid-year changes in trim and equipment. The R/T package, with a more powerful engine, sport suspension, and other performance equipment, will be available later in the year.
"R/T" is what's new with the full-size Intrepid, too. The performance- oriented Intrepid R/T should be available early in the 2000 calendar year. It will have a 242-hp, 3.5-liter V6, "AutoStick" automanual transmission, special wheels and badging, and unique interior trim. The Intrepid ES gets more power from its 2.7-liter V6 and has further value-enhancing upgrades.
The Viper factory race team has been very successful. You can't buy a Viper GTS-R at your local Dodge dealer, but a similarly-equipped and street-legal ACR (that's "American Club Racer") package will be available for the GTS coupe. A new "Steel Gray" paint color is offered for both the GTS coupe and the RT/10 roadster.
The model lineup and equipment levels for the Caravan minivan have been revised, and new colors are available. There are 11 different versions available.
The sporty Avenger coupe's formerly-optional 2.5-liter V6 engine is now standard, and the equipment level has increased as well for better value.
A new, better-equipped base-level four-cylinder SE model highlights the Stratus line.