The Dodge Avenger has been around globally long before it was marketed in the United States. It entered the American market for the first time in 1995. Dodge was offering the Avenger as a two door coupe intended to fill the vacancy. Chrysler had previously entered into a partnership with Diamond Star Motors which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Motors to build both the Dodge Avenger and Chrysler Sebring Coupe. Both cars were being built on the Mitsubishi Galant platform and ironically this was also shared with the Mitsubishi Eclipse.
The Avenger was marketed as a sports coupe and came in a base model andas well as sportier versions. The base models was using a 2.0 Liter straight 4 enginewhich was built by Chrysler or a 2.5 liter V6 engine built by Mitsubishi.
The sporty little car was well received when it was introduced to the American public in 1995. The name was also a good choice and many felt that the public could identify with Avenger as a sports model. There were critics who felt however that the name Avenger would have been better saved for a high end sports model along the lines of the later developed Dodge Viper.
Regardless of the controversy, the car sold relatively well its first year out and gave Dodge a fair amount of the the sales market for its first year. The Dodge Avenger as a sports coupe would be retired in the year 2000 and brought back out as the Dodge Avenger sedanfor the 2007 model year. This time it would be offered as a four door sedan to replace the Dodge Stratus. It avenger now exists as an Avenger SE and has a 2.4 Liter LGEMAI4 World Engine. The lastest Avenger sedan includes such options as heated and cooled cup holders and Dodge’s newest option called the “chill zone” which holds up to four 12 ounce drinks in the glove box. Sort of a minibar in a car.
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