Dodge Caliber R/T Arrives in Australia

Dodge Caliber Line-up Australia
Dodge Caliber Line-up Australia

Packing More Punch

Press Release

Packing More Punch

  • Caliber R/T grows model range to four
  • All-new 2.4-litre engine: 125 kW, 220 Nm
  • Standard ESP and Brake Assist to add to five-star safety rating

Dodge has injected more grunt to its popular Caliber crossover hatch adding a sporty Caliber R/T model to its range. Already available with 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre petrol engines, in ST, SX and SXT models, the new R/T becomes the fourth Caliber model and is equiped with a more powerful normally aspirated 2.4-litre petrol engine producing 125 kW and 220 Nm. This all-new engine has dual variable valve timing and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission for excellent acceleration and economy.

The public’s appetite for bold, American designed vehicles that stand out from the crowd is alive and well,” said Gerry Jenkins, managing director, Chrysler Group Australia. The Dodge Caliber has shown great momentum in the short time it has been available and the arrival of the more powerful 2.4-litre engine further broadens its appeal. We’re selling all of the Calibers that we can get our hands on. When supply frees up we will sell even more,” said Jenkins.

The Caliber boasts a comprehensive list of standard features including: dual front and side-curtain air bags, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, keyless entry with Sentry Key® engine immobiliser, security alarm, central locking, air-conditioning, CD stereo, tilt steering wheel, driver one-touch power windows, power folding heated exterior mirrors and 60/40 split rear seats that fold flat.

The R/T model with its larger 2.4-litre engine, adds as standard Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Traction Control and Brake Assist,18-inch alloy wheels, cloth seats with colour inserts, a bright exhaust tip and chrome body details.

Unique features available on the Caliber further differentiate the product from the ‘vanilla’ offerings currently in the market place. These fun features include MusicGate Power®, a 458 watt nine-speaker Boston Acoustics premium sound system with subwoofer that includes two articulating speakers packaged in the liftgate, Chill Zone® (standard) - a cooled beverage storage bin that can hold up to four standard bottles or cans and a dual-purpose self-recharging removable flashlight (standard), mounted in the headliner of the vehicle.

Testifying to the Caliber’s clever design, the all-new vehicle has also received the US government’s highest rating for side and frontal-impact crash protection with a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

At just $29,990 the Caliber R/T is competitively priced. The addition of a state-of-the-art 2.0-litre diesel engine late in 2006 will further grow the Caliber line-up.

Dodge Caliber R/T standard features:

  • Dual front and side-curtain air bags
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Traction Control and Brake Assist
  • Four-wheel discs with ABS
  • Driver one-touch power windows
  • Power locks
  • Power folding heated exterior mirrors
  • Remote keyless entry with Sentry Key® engine immobiliser
  • Air-conditioning with Chill Zone® beverage cooler
  • AM/FM CD stereo radio with six disc CD changer, with MP3 capability
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • 60/40 split rear seats that both fold flat and recline (up to 12 degrees)
  • Security alarm
  • 18-inch machine-faced alloy wheels
  • Leather wrapped steering wheels with audio controls
  • Cruise control
  • Centre console with sliding armrest that moves forward 76 mm to accommodate shorter drivers
  • Armrest lid with unique flip pocket for storing a mobile phone or an MP3 player and dual-purpose rechargeable/removable interior lamp
  • Tachometer
  • Illuminated front cup holders
  • Fabric seats
  • Body-colour grille crosshairs and fascias
  • Fold-flat front passenger seat
  • Manual driver’s seat height adjuster
  • Cargo cover
  • Vinyl load floor
  • 12-volt power outlet
  • Bright silver instrument bezels and switches
  • Chrome grille crosshairs
  • Front fog lamps
  • Standard Sport Appearance package
  • Chrome interior door handles and door lock knobs
  • Body-colour lower fascias, body-colour sill mouldings, chrome bodyside mouldings, body-colour door handles with chrome inserts

Available options on the Dodge Caliber R/T model include power sunroof and the MusicGate Power™ Group that offers a 458 watt nine-speaker Boston Acoustics premium sound system with a subwoofer and two articulating speakers packaged in the liftgate.

Dodge Caliber R/T comes in a range of colours; Inferno Red, Sunburst Orange, Marine Blue, Bright Silver Metallic, Black, Stone White.

Customers can take delivery of the Dodge Caliber through an extensive network of Chrysler Group dealerships around the country.

Dodge Caliber prices



Caliber ST 1.8L Manual


Caliber SX 1.8L Manual


Caliber SX 2.0L CVT


Caliber SXT 1.8L Manual


Caliber SXT 2.0L CVT


Caliber R/T 2.4L Manual


Prices for the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine will be announced when it is launched late 2006.





All models


Premium Paint

$ 300

Applies to all paints except for Black and Stone White



ST and SX only


Electronic Stability Program

$ 490



SXT only


Power Sunroof


Sport & Sound Value Pack (1)

No cost option

18 x 7.0" Aluminium Chrome Wheels (2)

$ 490

18 x 7.0" Aluminium Chrome Wheels (3)

$ 1,490

9 Speaker Premium Sound Group (4)

$ 1,075

Electronic Stability Program

$ 490

18 x 7.0" Aluminium Wheels

$ 990



R/T only


Power Sunroof

$ 1,980

18 x 7.0" Aluminium Chrome Wheels

$ 490

9 Speaker Premium Sound Group (4)

$ 1,075

Leather interior group (5)

$ 2,475

(1) Consists of 18" x 7.0" aluminium wheels, 9 speaker Premium Sound Group, Sport Appearance Interior Group consists of cloth seats with colour keyed insert, instrument panel colour keyed, colour keyed PRNDL bezel, black out tape.

Sport & Sound Value Pack replaces the Leather Interior Group. Leather Interior Group consists of leather upholstery, heated front seats, manual driver lumber adjust, steering wheel audio controls, leather wrapped steering wheel.

(2) Can only be ordered with Sport & Sound Value Pack, thus is an optional upgrade to the alloy wheel within this pack.

(3) When ordered as a stand alone option

(4) No cost when part of Sport & Sound Value Pack Consists of 6 Boston Acoustics speakers, two articulating liftgate speakers, leather wrapped steering wheel, steering wheel audio controls.

(5) Manual driver lumbar support, leather faced heated front seats, Deletes cloth seats with colour keyed insert, instrument panel and bezel

Source: Source: DaimlerChrysler AG
Published Oct 20th, 2006 6:22am By Text & Photos edited by F. de Leeuw van Weenen
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