• Sep 28th 2006 at 11:25AM
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The Chrysler Group debuted its latest "world car," the Dodge Avenger, in Paris Thursday, and Autoblog's Eric Bryant was there for the ceremonial unveiling.

The Inferno Red Avenger "concept" is officially said to "hint" at the next generation global D-segment Dodge, but the word is that the concept car is very, very close to the production version. The "CRD" badging on the concept's decklid highlights the concept's 2-liter turbodiesel powerplant - undoubtedly targeted at the European market.

Lots of live shots, studio shots and the official press release after the jump!

Official Press Release

Dodge Avenger Concept Makes Bold, Powerful Style Statement
  • Dodge Avenger concept vehicle revealed at the "Mondial de l'Automobile" in Paris
  • Designed for global appeal; brings Dodge brand heritage into the D-segment (mid-size sedan market)
  • Chrysler Group global product offensive continues at full throttle

Paris – Dodge is looking to spin the global D-segment with the all-new Dodge Avenger concept – a bold, styling statement that does away with the idea that a functional mid-size car is automatically boring. Avenger's Dodge branded styling makes a definite statement in the D-segment, commanding attention and evoking attributes that define the Dodge brand: bold, powerful, capable and street smart.

This Avenger concept, finished in a striking Inferno Red, will appeal to car buyers around the world who need the practicality, functionality and fuel efficiency of a mid-size sedan, but want more, including a vehicle with pizzazz that stands out and makes a statement. Avenger's bold Dodge styling, innovative features and solid performance would allow them to do just that. The Avenger concept hints at the next-generation global D-segment vehicle from Dodge.

"This Avenger concept is another expression of where the Dodge brand is headed," said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Design, Chrysler Group. "Avenger brings Dodge brand American muscle car heritage into the global mid-size car segment. It does for the global D-segment what Caliber has done in the global C-segment – it offers a unique alternative to the competition."

From the front, there's no mistaking the bold presence of Dodge's heritage cues in Avenger's crisp and edgy exterior design. Large, modern quad headlamps surrounded by black housings create the distinctive glare that forms Avenger's face and surround the signature Dodge crosshair grille, which features body-color accents. Fog lamps are positioned in the outer corners of the front fascia and surround a diamond mesh texture that runs the length of the fascia. The lower fascia splitter is punctuated by two fairings. A stamped formation in the center of the hood carries the vertical lines of the crosshair grille.

Avenger's side profile is distinguished by a long hood, short deck lid proportions with muscular rear shoulders and sleek rear spoiler. This concept's long greenhouse is created by the use of a high-gloss black B-pillar and aerodynamic inspired rear door appliqués, which make this mid-size sedan look like it's pouncing forward, even when it's at a standstill. A strong character line stamped in the sheet metal accentuates Avenger's chiseled profile.

With its wide stance, lowered ride height and deep side sills, the Avenger concept is firmly planted on the road. Nineteen-inch five-spoke painted Satin Silver wheels and all-season performance tires add to the Avenger concept's sporty look. Deep red brake calipers gleam from the wheels. Body-color door handles and fold-away mirrors add to Avenger's sport appearance, keeping the side profile clean and sharp.

From the rear, the large, expressive taillamps placed at the corners frame the deck lid. A finely-tuned body-color spoiler is sleekly integrated in the deck lid. An integrated lower rear diffuser reduces drag and improves fuel efficiency. Chrome-tipped dual exhaust outlets communicate the performance capability of the Avenger concept's 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine, which could be sold in markets outside North America.

Dodge Brand
Dodge sold more than 1.4 million vehicles worldwide in 2005. With a U.S. market share of 7 percent, Dodge is the fifth-largest nameplate in the United States and the eighth-largest nameplate in the automotive industry. The Dodge global portfolio includes a range of cars, trucks, minivans and sport-utility vehicles. Dodge Caliber spearheads the Dodge brand's expansion into volume markets outside North America, and will be followed by the Dodge Nitro and the high-performance Dodge Caliber SRT4.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      This car is wonderful. With the new styling, powertrain, features and a lower price, it should sell right up there with Toyota and Honda.
      • 9 Years Ago
      VOZ- I think you should buy one.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Wow. That was a million or so images wasn't it?!!?
      • 9 Years Ago
      You guys are crazy. That car looks great! Put it up against the competition...accord, camry, impala, etc. and the Avenger takes all of them with it's styling. And for the "dodge" look that's outdated...BS! Chevy's look hasn't changed, honda's hasn't changed. Why bash Dodge for having a consistant look on their rides? Makes sense to keep branding to me. Anyway, cool car for sure!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think it is a good looking car. Dodge definitely needs to bring the diesel to the US. I don't why they would hesitate. They have almost no competition for small diesel passenger cars. I would buy one!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Lose the chin spoiler and they had me at 'CRD'... Too bad it's not coming to the good side of the planet.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Wow, this is a Dodge "concept vehicle". Obviously it is production. We get the concept of Dodge styling as it has not changed in the last decade since the original Dodge Ram. This is a "World Car"? I guess Pontiac G6's should be shipped all over the world too. I guess in some ways it is with it's platform buddies, but it would get killed over in Europe where I am sure Dodge will find the same result with this car.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Dodge styling is getting rather long in the tooth, isn't it? DCX has the cheapest interiors on the market, although this looks like they actually spent more than a day on the interior of this one, mainly with the seat inserts.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This was produced by the mating of a Caliber and a Charger.

      Enough mediocre cars, make the Nitro SRT8.

      • 9 Years Ago
      The badge on the back of the avenger says CRD, as in common-rail diesel. Could this mean what I think it means???? I hope diesel dodges are in America's future.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I understand that this is the same Dodge Avenger that will be introduced into the United States as a 2008 model in the spring of 2007. I realize that this is the sister-car to the Chrysler Sebring, but I must admit that Daimler-Chrysler did a great job of providing a totally different look to a car that shares so many components. GM and Ford could take a lesson from Daimler-Chrysler on this one. GM and Ford think that changing taillights and a grill creates a different vehicle.

      I truly like the look of this Avenger and think it will provide dealers with something that can really compete against the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. The look is bold and the technical features such as the 20GB hardrive along with heated/cooled cupholders will be great for promoting this vehicle. I love the similarities to the Dodge Charger. Looks great!
      • 9 Years Ago
      The new Dodge Charger mini looks great!
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