DETROIT, Jan. 7, 2002 -The world was able to see the future of compact
pickup trucks at the 2002 North American International Auto Show
as the bold, versatile and affordable Dodge M80 concept took the
stage in Detroit. With its "just-right" size, "surf-to-snow"
capability and authentic "job-rated" Dodge Truck power,
the M80 will exceed the needs of tomorrow's compact pickup truck
up in California, Chrysler Group designer John Opfer used to live
just one hour from the beach and one hour from the snowy mountains.
Vehicles of choice included a '70s Jeep Wagoneer and a Dodge Raider.
"We were always looking for stylish, low-cost four-wheel-drive
vehicles to accommodate our ever-changing activities," said
Opfer. "That is exactly what I had in mind while sketching
the Dodge M80, geared toward active youngsters known as 'millennials'.
I also looked at the 1939 Dodge TC and 1941 WC for inspiration,
creating a modernist interpretation of these classic Dodge trucks."
year's concept vehicles are all designed for the millennial generation,"
said Dave McKinnon, Vice President for Design at the Chrysler Group.
"We found that one of the products that the market lacks for
this group right now is what they call 'a real hot pickup truck,
just for me, a friend and our gear'. The Dodge M80 concept is like
'son-of-Power Wagon'. It's an in-your-face pickup truck that is
light, lean, agile, with four-wheel drive and a powerful engine."
Dodge M80 is a small, affordable truck with a design loaded with
character and intrinsic value. Minimalist, new, neat design details
are abundant as stand-out design elements include the satin-stainless
steel-look signature Dodge crosshair grille and headlamp surrounds,
classic round lamps and the metallic slate-gray, moulded-in-colour
PET-plastic fenders and bumpers with integrated tow-hooks.
profile, M80 offers simple, chiselled lines enhanced by the fender
vent vanes, push-button door handles, integrated PET-plastic side-storage
lockers, dual spin-off fuel-filler caps in satin-stainless steel
look and stamped-steel 20" wheels and 265/50R20 Goodyear tyres.
The useful five-foot bed is protected by a durable PET-plastic liner
and bulkhead and incorporates myriad tie-down cleats compatible
with MOPAR bike, ski and surfboard racks. The tailgate features
"stamped-through" lettering for the Dodge and 4x4 emblems.
Oversized, performance-tuned dual exhaust pipes and jewel-like round
tail lamps complete the exterior highlights.
back of the cab features a full-width flipper glass. Adds Opfer:
"It not only has a clean, modern design, but it is truly functional.
You can easily get to your gear in the back, and if the bed is not
long enough, you can open the flipper glass and add the cabin to
your load length."
M80's interior was designed by Jeff Gale, who expanded upon John
Opfer's mission of finding practical solutions for difficult design
concept asked for a no-frills, rugged and durable interior,"
said Gale. "And, it should offer unexpected and youthful features."
said that is why there is an abundance of Detonator Yellow body-colour
sheet-metal panels on the inside of M80, enhanced by satin-silver
hard-plastic covers and water-repelling Neoprene-look seat trim.
The centre console doubles as a portable cooler while the lightweight
seats can be removed and used outdoors. Behind the fold-flat seats
is a vehicle-wide bin for wet goods such as shoes, umbrella or a
snowboard. The instrument panel features a large storage drawer.
driver is kept informed by simple, easily understood, back-lit satellite
gauges, offering just basic information. The speedometer and tachometer
are co-axial, using one set of numbers for speed and revs (x100).
Large rotary knobs operate the audio and heating systems, while
classic "ball-and-socket" style vents direct the airflow
in the interior. M80's performance image is accentuated by billet-aluminium
on a Dodge Dakota frame with independent short-and-long-arm front
suspension and a solid axle with leaf springs in the rear, M80 incorporates
a high percentage of existing corporate components, making it affordable
to build. Power comes from Chrysler Group's all-new 3.7-litre V-6
engine coupled to a carry-over five-speed manual transmission and
4x4 transfer case.
an estimated vehicle weight of just 1134 kilograms (2,500 pounds)
and a power rating of 157 kW (210 bhp) and 319 Nm (235 lb.-ft.)
of torque, this concept truck's calculated performance figures include
a top speed of 160 kilometers (100 miles) per hour and a sprint
to 100 kilometers per hour in just over eight seconds. "All
these features and its functionality are what we expect millennial
kids to be looking for," added McKinnon. "This truck is
something totally new out of Detroit. M80 offers style, utility,
performance and economy."
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~ Dodge M 80 ~ Dodge M80 Concept Vehicle Preliminary Specifications
Engine: 3.7-liter 90 V-6
Estimated Power: 210 bhp. (157 kW)
Estimated Torque: 235 lb.-ft. (319 Nm)
Transmission: Five-speed manual transmission
Drive: Four-wheel drive with low and high ranges
Structure: Steel body-on-frame
Front: Independent with upper and lower 'A'-arms, torsion bars,
gas-charged shock absorbers, stabilizer bar Rear: Live axle with
four-leaf two-stage longitudinal springs and gas-charged shock absorbers
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 20" x 9"
Tires: P265/50R20 Goodyear
Length: 166.5 in. (4229 mm)
Width: 64.2 in. (1631 mm)
Height: 66.4 in. (1687 mm)
Wheelbase: 112 in. (2845 mm)
Front/Rear: 60.5 in. (1537 mm)
Ground Clearance: 9.7 in. (246 mm)
Front: 22 in. (559 mm)
Rear: 32.5 in. (826 mm)
Bed Length: 5' (1.5 m)
Est. Weight: 2500 lbs. (1134 kg)
0-60 mph. (0-96 km/h): 8 sec.
Top Speed: 100 mph. (160 km/h)