Road-going Mondeo-rival will get most of the bold looks of the Avenger concept
15 December 2006

Here's the proof that Dodge is sticking pretty close to the Avenger concept with the production model, due within the next 18 months. This prototype, spied by our photographers, is a pretty good match for the concept that made its debut at the Paris motor show back in September. In particular, it's good to see that the distinctive crease around the C-pillar has survived production testing. The show car's plunging valances and bootlid spoiler are clearly absent from this mule, just as you'd expect of mid-range model; the important thing is that, even in run-of-the-mill production model form, the Avenger will clearly offer a bold, eye-catching aesthetic. A replacement for the Stratus, the Avenger is a crucial car for Dodge, but it is the sum of parts from a variety of sources. It shares a platform with Chrysler and Mitsubishi, and its engine line-up could include a VW-sourced diesel alongside V6 and 2.0- and 2.4-litre four-pots.

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