The Dodge Avenger is the mid-size sedan, front-wheel drive built by the Chrysler Corporation for the Dodge brand. In its initial debut, the Avenger was produced from 1975 to 1976 as an exclusive Hillman Avenger renamed to South Africa. He made his North American debut in 1995 as a two-door coupe that was produced until 2000. It was re-launched as a four-door sports sedan starting in 2008.
Dodge Avenger (South Africa)
The first generation Dodge Avenger was a logo designed version, unique to South Africa. It is a rebadged Hillman Avenger uses a Peugeot 1.6 liter engine (as installed in locally assembled Peugeot 404s) in order to meet local standards. The Avenger was available from 1975 until its discontinuation in 1976, when it was renamed as Chrysler. Because it was unique to South Africa, this generation never Avenger North America or Europe, the Chrysler Avenger sold. This generation has nothing in common with the Dodge Avengers and later largely forgotten today. After ZA Chrysler merged with Sigma in 1976, the Avenger was soon canceled to allow Sigma to release more production capacity of the Mazda 323.
Dodge Avenger Coupe
Introduced as a two-door coupe in the North America, Dodge Avenger was built from 1995 to 2000 in a similar size and price range as the Dodge Daytona, which discontinued in 1993. The Avenger, along with similar coupe, Chrysler Sebring, was built by Diamond Star Motors (DSM), a joint venture between Chrysler Corporation and Mitsubishi Motors, on a version of the platform of Mitsubishi Galant (which also spawned the similar Mitsubishi Eclipse). Mitsubishi bought out Chrysler ‘s joint venture in 1995. Avengers and Sebring coupes built 1995-1996 both have DSM markings in their engine compartments.
The Avenger had a 103 in (2.62 m) wheelbase and used either a 2.0-L inline-four engine (the Chrysler 420A) or a Mitsubishi 2.5 L V6 designed. The four-cylinder was coupled to a five-speed manual transmission, shared with Mitsubishi Eclipse and the Eagle Talon, or four-speed automatic. The V6 was only available with the A604 transmission. Avengers featured a fully independent suspension, double wishbone and variable speed rack and pinion.
Dodge Avenger Sedan
The Dodge Avenger name returned in February 2007 as the May, 2008 model as a sedan to replace the Dodge Stratus, whose the coupe version had replaced original Avenger in 2001. According to some reports, Avenger, along with redesigned Chrysler Sebring, share DaimlerChrysler/Mitsubishi Motors platform called JS which used the Mitsubishi GS as a starting point and then it was heavily modified. The base engine on the SE and SXT trim levels is a 2.4 L GEMA I4 naturally aspirated “World Engine”, a joint venture between the Daimler Chrysler, Mitsubishi and the Hyundai. Additional engines include a 2.7 L V6 optional on SXT and 3.5L, V6 standard on trim level R/T. Besides the 2.4 L “World Engine” and the V6 engine, export vehicles will be offered with 2.0 L naturally aspirated “World Engine” as well as a 2.0 L turbo diesel (Pumpe-Düse) made by Volkswagen. As a 2008 model, the Dodge Avenger arrived in showrooms in February 2007.
The Avenger was officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show on September 28, 2006, as a concept car. It has been launched in Europe and sold in the UK, filling a gap in the range of Chrysler that was left by the disappearance of Neon four years earlier. It has also been launched in the Australia, although at present only with the 2.4 engine.
In the UK, it has been discontinued, although the sales continued in Republic of Ireland and Western Europe until the end of 2009 after the occupation of the Fiat Chrysler Group. This new version continues SE, SXT trim levels and not badged the same as in North America or South America versions. The Avenger competes directly with the Chevrolet Malibu and Ford Fusion, Chrysler Sebring 2007 and later to the higher priced American cars like the Mercury Milan, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura is headed.
Dodge Avenger Motorsport
The body style first generation Dodge Avenger was widely used in the National Hot Rod Association, but became the most usual being driven by Darrell Alderman and Scott Geoffrion, when running from 1994-2000, including the famous Dodge Boys. The car was also used for 1994 and 1995 incarnations of the International Race of Champions. The second generation Dodge Avenger was used in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Season 2007 as the COT model Dodge. In 2008, Dodge CoT was changed back to the charger.