Up until 2014, the Avenger was Dodge’s mid-size offering which was better equipped than the Dart, more powerful and quite a bit more comfortable. However, the car was discontinued and replaced by the Chrysler 200, a car which has been slashed off after just two years of production. This made many people wonder if the vehicle was going to return as the 2016 Dodge Avenger but up to this point, Dodge hasn’t said a word about what they are going to do. Rumors about a new front wheel drive Magnum started to surface a while ago, and these perfectly fit into the possibility of Avenger returning to the lineup.
Price and Release date of 2016 Dodge Avenger
This would make the two cars share the same platform, and it would make the Avenger the sedan version of the Magnum. There is still very little information about the two, but it seems that Dodge is going to introduce an all-new platform. The release date for this is unknown at this point, but rumors suggest for at least a concept car to be introduced it by the end of the year. The new front wheel drive platform would make use of a transverse mounted engine which also means that large V6 and V8 applications are likely out of the question. This does mean that the car will benefit from more space inside the cabin and it should be cheaper to make as well. Many suggest for a price of around $18,000 for a base model and $25,000 for a decently equipped one with a more powerful engine option.
All of this would make the 2016 Dodge Avenger one of the most sought after cars in its class for sure. Also, the rather low starting price would make it great for rental car fleets which would allow Dodge to focus on the development of their other vehicles. A production model of the Avenger probably will not hit the market by the end of 2016, but that’s fine because people still prefer crossovers over family sedans giving Dodge additional time to fully prepare the new model.
Engine and Transmission
Just like with the wagon version of the car, the rumored Avenger is expected to hit the market powered by turbocharged engines only. Also, this time around it might also be offered in Europe and delivered with more attention to it. As a result, this should assure the better car sales. The base model in the US is expected to be equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged mill offering close to 250 horsepower. A more powerful version sporting a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 offering between 300 and 400 horsepower is also a possibility. Front wheel drive is going to be standard for the base model, but all the others are expected to be an all-wheel drive which would make it a steal. Also, a nine-speed automatic transmission is likely going to be offered as standard.
The European version of the car might also be released but this time with a smaller 1.4-liter turbocharged inline four engine with around 180 horsepower as a base unit. On top of that, a 2.0-liter diesel with up to 200 horsepower might be on offer as well. Unlike the US model, front wheel drive will be standard for both. Transmission options haven’t been listed, but six-speed manual could be the base choice while the automatic transmission might come as well.
While the previous model was looking a bit too much like a shrunk version of the Charger, the upcoming 2016 Dodge Avenger concept is expected to be a vastly different model. For starters, it is supposed to be more refined, slightly larger as well as more modern.
Also, its cabin will be far superior to its predecessor delivering better options and more features on the list. There will be more room for the five passengers, and the materials are going to be much better bringing it closer to the premium offering in the segment. Here Dodge might also borrow some design elements from the all new Charger, but this hasn’t been confirmed up to this point, and things might change in the future before this car maker decides to introduce it to the market.
Video of the last Avenger before discontinuation: