Mitsubishi will be releasing its first pickup, developed in collaboration with DaimlerChrysler, for the 2006 model year. Based on the Dodge Dakota platform, the Raider represents part of the company's attempt to reestablish its brand identity in the U.S. after a year of slumping sales. The name "Raider" was originally used on a Dodge SUV that shared its construction with the Mitsubishi Montero. The base models will most likely be powered by the Dakota's 3.7-liter V6, which is capable of 210 horsepower. High-end versions of the Raider are expected to house a 4.7-liter V8, which yields 230 hp and 290 pound-feet of torque. This particular engine will be mated with a five-speed automatic which allows for paddle shifting via the steering wheel. The Raider will be available in both extended-cab and four-door versions, with the choice of two- or four-wheel drive.
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