I Believe that the first change should be the MILAGE- I have a 5.9L in my '00 quad and 10-12mpg just sags after a tank a week. It seems that after about 10 years Dodge would notice the milage factor vs. grin factor.
Sources indicate the next Dakota will be slightly smaller, leaving the Chevy Colorado as the only true Mid-Size pickup. Being smaller there is no guarantee of a V-8. Also don't expect it to share much externally with the Durango any more. The Durango moves up in size and styling favors a Ram. There have been rumors the of next Dakota taking Power Wagon or Maxx Cab styling cues but don't believe it. They said the same thing on the Ram and next Durango and were totally wrong.
I love my Dakota Quad! First I love the size Its JUST rite, I would love to see an Loaded out lux mid size truck, Good bucket seats (Heated)that
remind me of my old baseball glove.
Power roll down back window
5.7 v8 up from 4.7
New headlights like BMW
Power SUNROOF Option
Tell Us what you would like to see in your next dakota. Who knows whos reading this board
Jon, Amen! to the power rear window. The slider was difficult enough in my club cab, with my bride hanging over the seat endeavoring to close same in sudden rainstorms. The Quad Cab makes it even more tedious unless someone is sitting in the rear seat. The 5.7 V8 sounds tempting, but I really haven't utilized all of the potential power in the 4.7 V8. I remain undecided on the BMW type lighting having no experience from whence to judge, but a power sun/moon roof sounds capital. Add that to the "wish list."
i love my 2002, dodge Dakota SXT, especially since I have the first model. The power seems ok for a v6, but more would be good. Also the brakes are a little better than those of the 97's. I cant wait to see the new Dakota, I actually hope it is larger, but unfortunately I too have heard they are gonna be shrinking it a little. The hemi would be awesome, and would be competition with even the lightning, but i cant wait for the RAM SRT-10. I agree with the bmw lights.
I've been waiting for a V8 powered rear wheel vehicle from Dodge for years now. A HEMI? DON'T WAIT FOR THE REDESIGN!! I WANT A HEMI DAKOTA NOW!! My Jeep is a goner when it comes out! Lightning? A HEMI-Dakota would be faster and that's what I'm after. I curretnly own a road runner convertible, a Dodge Demon 360 and a Aspen Wagon Pro Street project. MOPARS RULE SEND IN THE HEMI DAKOTA!! I WANT IT!
Do you guys check out http://www.car-truck.com? They have all of the latest DC/Dodge/Jeep insider info, and the current plans for the next gen Dakota. The 2004 Dakota is supposed to actually shrink in size a bit, but I think there's still talk of a Hemi. Check it out, if you haven't already.