Banish all thoughts of rusting Hillmans from your mind; this is the new Dodge Avenger, and it's a very different animal.
The production Avenger, revealed today (9 January 2007) at the Detroit auto show, sticks remarkably close to the styling of the Avenger concept shown in Paris last September.
That means it keeps the bold styling, with a distinctive kink that runs above the rear wheelarch from the rear door to the bootlid, mimicking that on the larger Dodge Charger.
Up front, there's Dodge's family face, now becoming familiar to Europeans thanks to the Caliber hatch. We'll also get the chance to get used to the Avenger's styling – it'll be coming to the UK in right-hand drive by the middle of the year. Americans get it shortly beforehand.
Americans also get a choice of three petrol engines; a 2.4-litre four-cylinder and 2.7 or 3.5-litre V6s. We'd expect the European version to come with the option of a diesel unit, too – the Caliber gets a 2.0-litre VW diesel in the UK. There's a choice of four models for the States; the SE, SXT, R/T and R/T AWD. Prices start at $18,995, so expect UK prices to start at around £16,000.