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DETROIT — Chrysler tapped several far-flung partners for assistance in engineering the all-new 2007 Dodge Caliber, which replaces the aging Neon in Dodge showrooms this spring.
For one, the Neon was a conventional sedan, while the Caliber is a five-door hatchback. And where the Neon had soft, rounded lines, the Caliber is edgier. In the new model, the aggressive Dodge family face greets potential customers and competitors in place of the Neon's friendly visage.
Derived from the same front-wheel-drive platform that will underpin the next-generation Mitsubishi Lancer (as well as the new Jeep Compass ), the Caliber also benefits from the global engine alliance formed by Chrysler, Hyundai and Mitsubishi.
That partnership produced an all-new family of twin-cam four-cylinder engines, ranging in size from 1.8 to 2.4 liters and in output from 148 to 172 horsepower. A new continuously variable transmission can be fitted to each of the engines. Later in the model year, Chrysler plans to offer an all-wheel-drive variant and make electronic stability control available.
Dodge will price the Caliber starting at $13,985 (including a $560 destination charge), which is more than $400 below the base sticker on a Neon.
What this means to you: More style and performance than a Neon, and a lower sticker to boot.