AUBURN HILLS, MI - The new 2008 Dodge Dakota comes standard with a 3.7-L Magnum V-6 engine producing 210 horsepower and 235 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine also comes with electronic throttle control, and exhaust gas recirculation to help lower emissions. The new engine is capable of operating on E85 ethanol fuel. Powertrain choices include a new 4.7L V-8 engine.

The truck’s available full swing rear access doors open nearly 170 degrees. With rear seats folded, up to 30 cubic feet of storage space is available, and a new under-seat storage system is easily accessible. Six storage hooks are located on the Extended Cab's rear interior panel. An additional power outlet is also provided.

The 2008 Dodge Dakota continues to offer the largest and longest standard cargo bed in its class: 6 ft. 6 inches in the Extended Cab. Built-in utility rails allows adjustable cargo box tie-downs and the dual-position tailgate may be secured in a mid-position, providing support for extra-wide or extra-long cargo. The new 2008 Dodge Dakota has a towing ability of up to 7,050 pounds.

Standard features include an anti-lock brake system on rear wheels (available on all four wheels), advance multi-stage driver and front passenger airbags (supplemental side-curtain airbags are available), a power accessory delay (which allows power functions, including radio, to operate after the vehicle is turned off). A remote starter is standard on both the 3.7-L and 4.7-L engines. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on all V-6-equipped models (except Laramie). A four-speed automatic with overdrive is available with Dakota's V-6 engine, and a five-speed automatic is available on V-8-equipped models.

The 2008 Dodge Dakota's exterior is fully redesigned, featuring a newly styled hood, grille, front fascia, rear spoiler, fenders, and headlamps. It will again be offered in two body styles—Extended Cab and Crew Cab-and six trim levels: ST, SXT, SLT, TRX4, Sport, and Laramie.

The new truck is scheduled to arrive in dealerships in August.