In the mid-1990’s, Dodge name its two-door coupe the “Avenger”. It was known as a “good-looking” and “stealthy” sedan. The first Dodge Avenger had a very comfortable and roomy cabin compared to its competitors. Critics and consumers loved the Avenger, but it silently or stealthily faded away into the annals of automobile history. The Dodge Avenger made a comeback in 2008, which replaced the Dodge Stratus. The solid, sporty, and fun-to-drive sedan was a fitting successor to the Dodge Avenger’s strong lineage.
First Generation: The Dodge Avenger Coupe
Mitsubishi Motors and the Chrysler Corporation entered a joint venture to establish the Diamond Star Motors group during the 1970’s. Using the Mitsubishi Galant platform, the two-door, Dodge Avenger Coupe was built in 1995. A 2.0-liter inline-four, Chrysler 420A engine was coupled with a five-speed manual transmission, to power the coupe. The Dodge Avenger also boasted of a fully independent double wishbone suspension, and a variable speed rack and pinion steering system. Several changes were made to the coupe until its retirement in 2000. Here are some of the highlights for each of the Dodge Avenger Coupe’s model year:
1995 - The 2.5-liter SOHC 24-valve V6 engine and an automatic transmission were made optional on the Dodge Avenger ES. ABS and fog lamps were other features added to the coupe.
1996- 163 horsepower or 170 lbs-ft of torque was added to the Avenger’s V6 engine. A new set of seat fabric was used on the Avenger Coupe ES.
1997 - The Avenger Sport package was introduced and it featured 16-inch alloy wheels, new front and rear fascias, and a body-color spoiler. A set of 17-inch alloy wheels and rear disc brakes were made standard for the Avenger ES model.
1998 - A café latte exterior color was added to the Avenger Coupe’s color options. The on-board cycling vapor recovery system was also integrated into the coupe’s standard features.
1999 - The “shark blue” exterior color was added to the Avenger Coupe’s list of body color options. A new set of next generation front passenger and driver airbags were included to the Dodge Avenger’s list of standard features.
2000 - The V6 engine and power train, keyless remote entry, leather upholstery, four-wheel disc brakes, cruise control, power driver’s seat, locks, and windows were made standard features on the Dodge Avenger coupe.
The Dodge Avenger Coupe was retired in 2000, and was replaced by the Dodge Stratus coupe the following year.
Second Generation: The Dodge Avenger Sedan
The Dodge Avenger sedan returned to replace the Dodge Stratus in 2008. It was powered by a2.4-liter GEMA I4 engine, engineered by Daimler-Chrylser, Mistubishi, and Honda. With the SE and SXT trim models, a 2.7-liter V6 and the 3.5-liter V6 engines were also optional for these Dodge Avenger variants. In 2011, the Avenger sedan received overhaul changes to its exterior, making it sleeker and stealthier. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and a new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, Dodge aims to regain its position as a strong, and solid sedan in the market today.