Press Kit: 2006 Dodge Stratus Sedan, What's New for '06

2006 Dodge Stratus Sedan Product Chronology

Auburn Hills, Mich. September 1, 2005 -

2005 Model Year

  • Dark Taupe/Light Taupe interiors on all Stratus sedans
  • Light Taupe leather available on ES and R/T
  • Satin Silver instrument panel bezels on R/T
  • Linen Gold Clear Coat replaces Light Almond Pearl Coat
  • Midnight Blue Pearl Coat replaces Deep Sapphire Blue Pearl Coat
  • Magnesium Pearl Coat replaces Deep Lava Red Metallic
  • Inferno Red Crystal Pearl Coat replaces Inferno Red Tinted Pearl Coat
  • Packages: Stratus SXT offers a new Sport Appearance Package: Chrome-clad wheels, fog lamps, spoiler and Camelot instrument panel bezels.
  • SE and ES models are fleet only

2004 Model Year

  • 2.4-liter PZEV—Standard in California, New York, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts
  • 2.7-liter, DOHC, V-6 Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) engine (available on fleet sedans only)
  • Manual transmission dropped
  • Low-speed traction control packaged with ABS brakes
  • New 16-inch painted aluminum wheel—Optional on SE and standard on SXT
  • New 16-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheel—Standard on SE
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror
  • Audio steering wheel controls (packaged with leather seats)
  • Sentry Key® is standard on SXT, ES and R/T
  • New Travel Convenience Group—Premium headliner, electrochromic mirror and traveler
  • New exterior colors: Satin Jade Pearl Coat and Graphite Metallic
  • New front fascia design with chrome-accented grille
  • New door trim design
  • New Russel/Solar cloth seats
  • Color-keyed instrument panel bezels on SE
  • New cluster design

2003 Model Year

  • SE Plus dropped
  • 2.7-liter, DOHC, V-6 Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) engine (only with automatic transaxle)
  • 15-inch painted five-spoke Dodge wheel cover—Standard on SE
  • 16-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheel—Standard on ES
  • Six-disc in-dash CD changer replaces four-disc in-dash CD changer
  • Exterior colors Deep Lava Red and Brilliant Black Crystal

2002 Model Year

  • SXT model introduced
  • New R/T model (mid-year introduction)
  • 2.7-liter V-6 engine
  • Taupe leather-trimmed interior added to ES (February 2001 introduction)
  • AM/FM stereo radio with cassette, CD and equalizer
  • 2.4-liter engine meets Low Emission Vehicle requirements in all 50 states

2001 Model Year

  • All-new exterior and interior design
  • Available new 2.7-liter, DOHC, 24-valve V-6 engine (200 horsepower and 192 lb.-ft. of torque)
  • Available AutoStick® driver-interactive transaxle control system
  • Standard four-wheel disc brakes
  • Available ABS Plus four-wheel anti-lock brake system
  • All-new body structure
  • All-new interior including seats, trim and instrument panel
  • Multi-stage next-generation front air bags (driver and passenger)(a)
  • Available supplemental side-curtain air bags for front and rear outboard occupants
  • Three-point center rear seat belt
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) child seat anchor system
  • Inside emergency trunk release

2000 Model Year

  • New “SE” badging for base model
  • New instrument cluster graphics
  • User-ready child seat top tether anchors
  • Standard 2.4-liter engine

1999 Model Year

  • Available Sentry Key® engine immobilizer
  • New instrument cluster graphics
  • Available four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes
  • Long-life automatic transaxle fluid introduced—
  • 100,000-mile service interval

1998 Model Year

  • Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery (ORVR) system
  • 2.5-liter Transitional Low Emission Vehicle (TLEV) engines available
  • Next-generation driver and front passenger air bags(a)

1997 Model Year

  • New power sun roof option
  • Floor console with armrest and covered storage

1996 Model Year

  • Chrome-plated cast-aluminum wheels

1995 Model Year

  • Stratus introduction

(a) Certified to federal regulations that allow less forceful air bags. Always use seat belts.
Remember, a back seat is the safest place for children.