Exclusive 2006 SEMA Preview: Dodge Nitro's Bringing The Paneling To Carry The Shingles, Tools And Nails

We'd seen one early sketch last month — the same time we saw the early sketch on the big HEMI Nitro purple people eater we've already thrown to you power-hungry wolves out there — and now we've got more pics and more deets for this SEMA SkunkWerks surprise from the boys n' girls at the Chrysler Group. It's got a 3.7-liter, 12-valve, SOHC V6 pushing out 210 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque (not quite the HEMI Nitro's 360 hp, but enough for a bit of go). It's definitely got a bit of "hot rod" flavor — or maybe a bit of surf wagon style. Either way, it's got modern flair due to the hand-fabrication and modifications made to the bodyside aperture, and it's got a very clear Mopar theme going on with the unique rear compartment with custom storage bins and a sliding load floor beefier than the normal "load-n-go" found on the average Nitro. Strap on some one-off Alcoa-forged 20" wheels wrapped in big ol' BF Goodrich g-Force 265/50VR20's and you'll make any delivery person's day. Full gallery via the link below.

[2006 SEMA Dodge Nitro Panel Wagon Gallery]

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