Originally conceived of in 1986 as a concept car developed by Kevin Verduyn, the Dodge Intrepid first entered the American market in 1993. It was a full size sedan mechanically related to both the Chrysler Concorde and the Chrysler LHS. These were all known as LH Cars
Introduced at the 1992 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, there were a total of three LH cars at the time: The Chrysler concord, Dodge Intrepid and the Eagle Vision.
The sporty Dodge Intrepid ES was given four wheel disk brakes, 16″ wheels and a touring suspension. The Dodge Intrepdi Base model had a 3.3 L EGA V6 engine which was considered a new technologically advanced engine.
Dodge was considering a change to its design engineering department and the Intrepid was used as the model for this trial. For sometime, executives at Dodge had been studying other design methods, particularly ones used by the successful Japanese Automobile Manufacturers. Dodge wanted to emmulate the success that Asia had found in the car industry and had sent several of its senior design engineers to Japan to study their style of design teams. What the United States design teams found was that Japanese auto makers did not separate the concept engineers from the design engineer but rather create a teams that utilized both. When Dodge came back to assembly the same sorts of team strategies, the Dodge Intrepid was the result. One of the most popular selling cars for Dodge of all time.
All Intrepids produced were giving both driver side and passenger side airbags, which was unheard of in the early nineities. By 1994 a new variable assist power steering rack allowed for easier parking and antilock brakes were made standard on the Intrepid ES
A new sportier Intrepid R/T was added in 2000 with a redesigned 3.5 Liter V6 engine. Although ahead of its time, the car fell out of favor with buyers and the car was retired in August of 2004.
861 total views, 1 views today