Cars Simplified: Everything Automotive Explained

Dodge Intrepid

The Intrepid was a full-size front wheel drive sedan built by from 1993 to 2004. Its trim levels through the years included ES, R/T, SE, Sport, and SXT. Although successful, the Intrepid only lasted for two generations.

The first generation lasted from 1993 to 1997. It was part of the brand image change for Dodge, along with the new slogan "The New Dodge". The first generation had two engines, a 3.3 liter pushrod V6, and the more powerful 3.5 liter SOHC V6.

The second generation (like the silver and black Intrepids pictured here) lasted from 1998 to 2004, and it was the model used to compete in NASCAR starting in 2001. It was also used in some locations as a police force vehicle. In addition to the engines offered in the first generation, a new 2.7 liter V6 was added to the options.

Hybrid/Electric Concepts

The Dodge Intrepid was used by Chrysler to develop a hybrid system. The show models went by ESX I, II, and III. No hybrid or electric versions made it to production.