Part of the Cab Forward design philosophy used to reinvigorate the Chrysler Corporation in the early 1990s, the Dodge Intrepid was a remarkable advancement for the perception of an American sedan. Replacing the squarer shaped Dynasty when introduced in 1993, the Dodge Intrepid featured a highly rounded shape.
Along with being aerodynamically efficient, the Intrepids exterior was designed to provide maximum interior space. For 1998, a second-generation Dodge Intrepid debuted with a matured and stronger exterior shape and revised six-cylinder power. With the base model of the 1998 Intrepid, the front-wheel drive system was propelled by a 2.7-liter V-6 engine generating 200 horsepower.
Also available was the Intrepid ES powered by a 225 horsepower 3.2-liter engine. Standard equipment found on the 1998 Dodge Intrepid included four-wheel disc brakes, air conditioning, power windows and dual front airbags. In 2000, a 3.5-liter V-6 engine producing 242 horsepower was introduced on the newly introduced R/T trim level.
This engine would replace the 3.2-liter powerplant in 2002 for the ES variant while the Intrepid R/T received a minor two horsepower boost. From 2001 to 2004, the Intrepid body style was instrumental in Dodges return to the NASCAR Cup Series. Through four seasons, the Dodge Intrepid found victory lane 24 times in premier stock car tour.
The Dodge Intrepid was dropped in 2004 after eleven years on the market. In 2006, the rear-wheel drive Charger became Dodges new full-sized sedan.