Chrysler has introduced the new 2008 Dodge Avenger mid-size sedan with an optional 2.7-liter V6 Flex Fuel engine that can burn ethanol-gasoline blends of up to E85. The Avenger replaces the Dodge Stratus in the line-up. The Stratus, in turn, had replaced the first-generation Avenger in 2001.
In addition to the optional flex-fuel engine, the 2008 Avenger offers the 2.4-liter four-cylinder World Engine as standard, and also offers a 3.5-liter V-6 engine as an option.
Avenger’s 2.7-liter flex fuel V-6 engine produces 189 hp (141 kW) of power and 191 lb-ft (259 Nm) of torque, providing more low-end torque (at an rpm 850 lower) compared with the 2.7-liter engine it replaces. Under the 2008 EPA standards, the new engine achieves 19 mpg in the city (22 mpg based on 2007 EPA standards) and 27 mpg on the highway (30 mpg based on 2007 EPA standards) when using gasoline as a fuel.
The 2.4-liter World Engine with dual variable valve timing delivers fuel efficiency in the city of 21 mpg (24 mpg using 2007 EPA standards) and 30 mpg on the highway (32 mpg based on 2007 EPA standards). Mated to a four-speed automatic transaxle, this new engine provides a 15% increase in horsepower (173 horsepower vs. 150 horsepower) and an 8% improvement in fuel economy compared with the 2.4-liter engine it replaces.
The 3.5-liter V-6 engine produces 235 hp (175 kW) and 232 lb-ft (315 Nm) of torque, with fuel efficiency of 16/26 mpg based on 2008 EPA standards (19/28 mpg based on 2007 EPA standards).