Dodge Avenges in Europe
20 September 2006

This Avenger concept is very close to the car Dodge will pitch into the Mondeo class in Europe during 2008.To be shown at Paris, the Avenger is the sister car to Chrysler's Sebring, which was shown at London and will be on sale in the UK next year. Both use the same platform and will be offered with Chrysler's 2.4-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel powerplants.

The car's stepped-up rear wheelarch is borrowed from the US-only Charger saloon whilst the front makes prominent use of the brand's crosshair grille. The car's distinctive looks may help it to sell in the highly competitive and shrinking Mondeo class. To compete with the Mondeo and Peugeot 407, It will also need to be better to drive than the recently-launched Caliber, whose engines it shares.

This is Dodge's first entry into this part of the European market and a further sign of the seriousness of its efforts to sell in significant numbers here. As the Caliber, Nitro and Challenger have or are making it into production virtually unchanged, expect the Avenger to look very much like this when it arrives.

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