|The Dodge Avenger concept car.|
Chrysler took the wraps off its Dodge Avenger concept car at the Paris Auto Show this week. The Avenger uses a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine and offers a lower rear diffuser to reduce vehicle drag and improve fuel efficiency.
If the D-segment (mid-size) vehicle goes into production, the Dodge Avenger will be sold in markets outside North America.
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.—Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President–Design, Chrysler Group
On the D-Segment production side, Chrysler introduced the new Chrysler Sebring with a choice of four engines in Europe. (Earlier post.) Standard is a 2.0-liter gasoline World Engine with dual Variable Valve Timing (VVT), and available are a 2.4-liter gasoline World Engine with dual VVT and a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine. Available at a later stage in Europe will be an enhanced 2.7-liter V-6 gasoline engine.
The diesel engine will deliver an estimated 140 horsepower (103 kW) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque.
The new Chrysler Sebring is the first Chrysler Group D-segment production vehicle to offer a diesel powertrain—and right-hand-drive availability. The new Sebring is available outside North America in two models, Sebring Touring and Sebring Limited, and will begin to arrive to international dealerships in the first half of 2007.