Are you hesitant to pull the trigger on a brand new Dodge Avenger in hopes that a new one will be coming? Well, don't hold your breath. According to The Detroit News, Chrysler will be extending production of the current Avenger sedan through the end of 2015.

Originally, we heard that the company would kill the Avenger to better focus its midsize sedan efforts on the Chrysler 200 replacement. But then new reports stated there would indeed be an Avenger successor, and that we could see it as early as next January. This Detroit News report cites supplier sources confirming the extension of Avenger production, though Chrysler has not released an official statement on the matter.

These same suppliers say that the current Jeep Wrangler will live on through mid-2018 – that's right, another five years. The Detroit News reports that a replacement for the iconic, go-anywhere Jeep was due in mid-2016.

Lastly, the report mentions that the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan will remain in production through late 2017, though its Chrysler Town & Country counterpart will be replaced by an all-new vehicle for the 2016 model year. This only further backs reports that the Grand Caravan will be killed from the Chrysler Group portfolio, with the T&C remaining the only minivan in production at the company's Windsor facility.


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      Paul P.
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a Wrangler owner, keeping the current Wrangler is fine with me. Just offer the 3.0L diesel from the Grand Cherokee/Ram 1500 please.
        bookemd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Paul P.
        Yes I agree as a 2012 2 door owner. They greatly inproved the wrangler the past few years, they still can the next 5.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      Probably just means the RWD Avenger replacement will overlap, which isn't a bad idea. The Jeep, well, 2018? I guess. Caravan? Who knows.
        Archknight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Street King
        +1 With the new D-RWD platform on the way its perfect timing for 2016MY, which the platform will be in full swing across the product lines. They have said Dodge will be a full on performance brand, so it makes sense that they are pushing out the Avenger instead of leaving a hole in the lineup like they did with the Neon.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      The next Dodge midsize car needs to ditch the mini Charger look that's for sure. Look at the competition. I want to see some of that Italian design bleed through I bet they could create something glorious. If Dodge wants to be a major contender in the sedan segment they need something that will appeal to the masses.
        me112233
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        They need to make a BIG car again. They were good at years ago, and could still be good at it today. The only place to get a truly big car is Bentley, and that is a bit out my price range. Today's modern technology in a truly full-sized land yacht? That's what I want. The original hemi was in the Chrysler Imperial (the ultimate in huge); not a Charger. I'm all for the modernistic themes, there is a market segment that goes for that; but why not satisfy all the Lincoln, Cadillac, and Imperial lovers who long for the day where their car was big and beautiful, and heads would turn when it came down the street? You know, back in the day when you didn't have to walk around the back of the car and look at the name to know what it was.
          ggmnsr
          • 1 Year Ago
          @me112233
          Are you trying to tell me that you don't set in the new cars? You say that you have to put the new cars on instead of get in them? Are you saying that to get up out of a new car, you have to open the door and then grab the top of the door and the top of the roof to pull yourself up and out of a modern car? Are you saying that when you do finally get down into the seat in a new car, it feels like you are setting on the floor in a small child's safety seat? God, I love to drive my 1950 Chrysler New Yorker. Now that is a comfortable automobile. Quiet and very smooth. Very, very easy to get in and out of. A smooth, quiet, straight eight, flat head engine that gets 18 miles per gallon at 75 miles per hour and NO road or engine noise.
      qsc110
      • 1 Year Ago
      IF they think they can rebrand the FIATS and sell them in this country they're dead wrong. It's the Chrysler/Dodge part of the company that will be needed to pull Fiat back up out of the ditch.
      Kumar
      • 1 Year Ago
      So the Wrangler will either get a diesel engine next year or in 2018...2019...never. Hopefully they decide 5 years is enough time to recoup engineering costs and throw us a bone! Overall, this should be a boon for buyers of this current generation. Adding 5 more years of production will ensure plenty of replacement parts (and mods) for years to come.
      rmt_1
      • 1 Year Ago
      This story parallels the Ford F-150 story about Ford building both the current and the new F-150 simultaneously for a limited time. I guess Dodge doesn't want to lose sales while suppliers get up to speed with new parts for whatever will be the replacements of these current cars. Also, this strategy makes sense in regard to other stories; ones about Fiat trying to reduce expenses while maintaining sales and ones about the limited infrastructure of automotive suppliers and how they are struggling to keep up with increasing auto sales overall. I hope Chrysler uses this extra time to better develop the replacements for the Avenger, Caravan, and Wrangler.
      sinistro79
      • 1 Year Ago
      Damnit!!! I was really hoping for a lighter, more fuel efficient Jeep Wrangler before 2016. Now the only chance of that happening is if they drop a diesel engine in the current US model (which, frankly, doesn't look very likely). Either way, this report is quite conflicting next to the other reports that say a new Wrangler will hit the market within three years.
      Puck
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Avenger is one of the most ugly cars on the market today.
      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rental car lots and high credit risk shoppers rejoice ! Chrysler has products awaiting.
      Bill Burke
      • 1 Year Ago
      This makes perfect sense to Mopar clairvoyants like myself if one looks at the big picture. The Avenger will transition to a RWD architecture based off a shared design with Alfa Romeo. The current Avenger is selling very well as the refinements made last year made the mid-size competitive in the market along with the popular Chrysler 200. That leads to an interesting possibility presented here by yours truly, Mopar Willy. The shared platform may produce a line of Dodges only in coupe and convertible form with the Avenger sedan going FWD and built alongside the new 200 sedan. This would allow Chrysler to get a RWD coupe/convertible too. The new SRT Barracuda "super car" will also share this platform and the all two door argument I present makes sense. The delay in Avenger also affords Chrysler more time to flesh out the new models without losing sales as is happening in the wait for the Jeep Cherokee and the absence of the popular Jeep Liberty to sell. How does that sound? Jeep Wrangler is selling everything they can build and that won't change anytime soon. No need to rush the replacement which extends the cost outlay while the present Wrangler is a gold mine of profits. Lastly, I've been stating to anyone who takes anything I write as anything more than the ramblings of a retired Chrysler loyalist, that the Caravan IS the minivan in the Chrysler Group and Chrysler will get the crossover. Extending the Caravan will allow Chrysler to launch the crossover without distraction and cement the loyal Caravan buyers behind a much anticipated new minivan that will also be completely developed before launch. So ther it is....the big picture.....ovation please .
        Yeah yeah
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bill Burke
        I had no idea the Avenger was selling very well and that the 200 was popular as well. I had (apparently incorrectly) assumed their sales were mostly to fleets, and that the cars were basically non-competitive in the mid-sized sedan market. They are advertising them at very low prices locally here. Around $18k for either the 4 cyl. 200 or the V6 Avenger, which might be $10k under the competing V6 mid-sized sedans.
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Yeah yeah
          The 200 and Avenger have ONE of the highest fleet ratios out of all vehicles sold that aren't a true "fleet special" like the Captiva.
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Yeah yeah
          LOL I am being downvoted for pointing out a fact. Guess billfrombuckhead, AKA Bill Burke, Bill, etc have ran me down with his multiple logins. Sorry Mopar fanboys, the Avenger/200 is a terrible vehicle.
          Mark Lukas
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Yeah yeah
          I think Bill is in a bit of a dream world. Those two models are at the bottom of their respective classes in quality, features and handling.
          Bill Burke
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Yeah yeah
          Yeah, Yup Chrysler 200 sales were around 130,000 last year and Avenger close to that. I think the 2013s are selling even better last time I checked.Chrysler now has the lowest percentage of fleet sales of the domestic brands as their retail market is absorbing almost every Jeep and Ram they can build. Avengers are not the best in class I would agree, but they are dependable and affordable and are certainly competitive for the average driver looking for basic transportation.
        me112233
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bill Burke
        I'm typing with one hand, clapping with the other. I know, you can't hear me. But really, I'm with you. Now, if Chrysler, in the spirit of all the retro they are doing, would start making some Imperials from the mid/late 50's, with modern technology of course, but with that loooooooong wiiiiide body with a hemi way up front, and a trunk way in the back, and room for at least six grown adults to sit w/o touching each other.
      SpikedLemon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I thought only Budget, Enterprise and Avis purchased Dodge Avengers.
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