At the California International Auto Show this week, the Chrysler Group confirmed production of the Dodge Nitro mid-size SUV for the 2007 model year. Nitro will be the first mid-size SUV for Dodge. The Dodge Nitro is based on the Dodge Nitro concept vehicle that was unveiled at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show in February 2005. The Dodge Nitro concept vehicle, along with the Dodge Caliber concept vehicle unveiled at the 2005 Geneva Auto Show in March, 2005, signify the global expansion of the brand. Both the Dodge Nitro and Dodge Caliber will be available for markets outside North America. The Nitro is expected to be built in Toledo, Ohio, and come equipped with a 3.7-liter V-6, according to the Detroit News. Dodge says the Nitro’s substantial body size creates a brawny character not found in any other mid-size SUV. Chrome, silver and red accents have a dynamic presence throughout the interior. Dodge says the five-passenger Nitro is designed to attract a customer seeking “a distinctive style, sporty performance and cargo flexibility.” “The Dodge Nitro will strengthen and grow the Dodge brand by allowing us to attract a new buyer,” said Steven Landry, Vice President - Dodge Marketing, Chrysler Group. “Dodge Nitro will be more than just another typical mid-size SUV; it will attract customers looking for distinctive style, affordable performance and utility."