Don't cry for the Dodge Avenger just yet. According to USA Today, Chrysler is set to introduce new midsized sedans to replace both the Chrysler 200 and the much-maligned Dodge Avenger. The vehicles will be built on a version of the same platform that underpins the 2013 Dodge Dart. That news runs contrary to word that the Avenger is headed to the great scrap pile in the sky after the current generation runs its course. Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is looking to shore up the company's small car efforts and spread the cost of platform development across as many models as possible.

Marchionne also made mention of introducing a new hybrid hatchback under the Chrysler 100 nameplate, though details are scarce at the moment.

USA Today reports the same platform may be used for the next-generation Jeep Liberty and Compass, which are slated to debut sometime in 2013. Marchionne says both vehicles will be trail-rated and capable of standing up to the kind of abuse Jeep buyers demand. Even so, the CEO says the vehicles will have their "origins in the architecture of a sports car."

Speaking of sports cars, Marchionne also made it clear Alfa Romeo is still coming to the States, though the Italian brand's strategy has shifted somewhat. The models headed to the U.S. market will be lightweight and powered by a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine offering 300 horsepower. Certainly sounds good to us.


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      ShiftItManual
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good. Dodge needs a mid size car. There is too large of a gap between the Dart and Charger to kill it off. Considering how well the Dart seems to have turned out, I think they will do a good job with the Avenger replacement.
        gary
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ShiftItManual
        I agree, there's too much market space between the Dart and the Charger to abandon. The D segment is still king in the US car market.
      mchlrus1
      • 2 Years Ago
      AWD Please. I was considering a 200/ Avenger if it was. Hey southerners, yah, I do need it.
      4 String
      • 2 Years Ago
      ALFA ROMEEEEOOOOOO :D
        mazeroni
        • 2 Years Ago
        @4 String
        I'm happy about them bringing Alfa's over however I'm less excited that we don't get any of their designs. Not that the Dart is ugly, quite the opposite actually, but when I was in Italy and got to stare down a Grey Mito in a parking lot I sang for joy because it was so beautiful. The same goes for the Giulietta, I'd rather have that come straight over untouched, but I understand that Americans probably wouldn't go for that. Like how the dart had to be widened to support our fat backsides. I wonder how many laughs the engineers over in Italy had when they told them they had to make the car fit 4 200+ pound adults in a cinch.
      Bill Burke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Frankly I never thought that dropping the Avenger was a smart decision. To the contrary, Dodge has an excellent opportunity to create a very unique and appealing LINE of Avengers. The key is to move the Avenger in a totally different direction from the 200. Critical here is building an Avenger (Charger inspired) sedan, hatchback and a performance coupe to sell below the Challenger as an affordable AWD turbo muscle machine. Bold,with very aggressive styling, built off a new 2dr 200 convertible platform and with all the "go fast" goodies Chrysler/Fiat can provide. This coupe will inject excitement into the Avenger line that matches it's name. The 200 goes the small 300C luxury route and what you get are two vastly different mid-sized lines that appeals to a wider demographic. Now if Chrysler applies that same thinking to their minivans with distinctive Caravan and Town and Country offerings they will create a larger market for themselves.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      F1
      • 2 Years Ago
      ok wait a minute...i could swear i read on allpar that the CUSW platform can be reversed to a RWD-I could be wrong but im trying to connect the dots, especially since they mentioned bringing back the Cuda. I wonder if this is connected? allpar rumors has it that the Cuda might be badged as an SRT-not confirmed, which would be on the CUSW platform RWD best guess is turbo 4 or 6. thats the rumor. either way good news for dodge....now, these little jeeps on the other hand.....
        Cory Haggard
        • 2 Years Ago
        @F1
        Yes, I'm pretty sure the CUSW+ platform can support FWD, RWD, and AWD, which really gets my hopes up for the next 200 going RWD. Chrysler is also currently working on the E-Evo platform, which is their next "large car" platform. It can also support FWD, RWD, and AWD. It sounds pretty awesome.
          F1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Cory Haggard
          thanks for confirming. i get confused E-Evo with and LY the next gen chally,300,charger and the E-evo is larger than those? anyways yup it all sounds awesome to me. as far as the Avenger coming back after being announced being cancelled about a week ago...i just cant see them making 3 mid-sizers (200, 'avenger' and supposed cuda) im dying to see whats going on.
      ctsmith1066
      • 2 Years Ago
      This would seem to indicate that Chysler has a lot of confidence in the Dart platform. I always had a soft spot for Dodge's compacts, so I'm intrigued.
        F1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ctsmith1066
        strengths and weaknesses. fiat is getting large cars and a masarati suv from chrysler. chrysler is getting the small and midsizers from fiat. the dart platform (CUS-Wide) is actually a size close to D class so it could fit both small and mid markets. awesome times indeed. an opportunity that daimler missed coz chrysler is going to make big cash from the looks of it.
      Alex
      • 2 Years Ago
      Allpar is vindicated.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope they will bring one of their historic names for the Avenger successor.
      Krishan Mistry
      • 2 Years Ago
      A new midsize is good, maybe a subcompact slotting in under the Dart. Add in a smaller, lighter RWD platform for the next Challenger (no need to be a 4400lb, 13:10 scale version of the original), leave the 300 and Charger full sized as is. And drop us a little hint at how the Viper is going, Dodge? Or are you waiting for Chevy to come upfront with the C7 Vette first? Speaking of Viper, make something cheaper, smaller, and lighter to slot under it and put a HEMI in it. Go after Corvettes other than the ZR1.
      Cory Haggard
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw a source on Allpar say that there was a next-gen RWD Avenger mule running around with a 4.7L Pentastar V8. Of course, some of the usual posters on Allpar didn't even know who the source was. If this happens to be true, I'm going to scream.
        F1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cory Haggard
        yeah i read the same thing, gonna be real interesting when they let the cat of the bag. exciting times for CJD for sure.
        F1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cory Haggard
        yeah i read the same thing, gonna be real interesting when they let the cat of the bag. exciting times for CJD for sure.
      TruthHertz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool, so it will be like the Mitsubishi Lancer platform that currently rides under the Caliber, Patriot, Compass, Avenger, Sebring/200, and Journey... And we all know how great THOSE cars were...
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