(autoinsidenews) - The Chrysler Group unveiled the production version of the 2008 Dodge Avenger at the Detroit Auto Show. The Avenger premiered in concept form вЂ" little more than a highly stylish production vehicle вЂ" at the Paris Motor Show last September. The 2008 Dodge Avenger borrows many of its styling cues from the Charger, including the kick up in the rear door.
The 2008 Dodge Avenger will be offered in SE, SXT, R/T and R/T AWD in the States. U.S. Avengers will be powered by either a 2.4L four-cylinder World Engine, an available flex-fuel 2.7L V6 engine or an available 3.5L V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transaxle with Auto Stick, reports Trend.
The 2008 Dodge Avenger SE and SXT feature a standard four-cylinder engine with 173-hp mated to a four-speed automatic. The SXT is also available with the flex-fuel 2.7L V6 delievering 189-hp and 191 lb.-ft. of torque. Dodge Avenger R/T and R/T AWD sedans sold in the United States are powered by the 3.5L V6 engine with 235-hp and 232 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transaxle with Auto Stick.
The interior features a Chill Zone storage compartment in the dash and heated/cooled cup holders, Chrysler's the MyGIG Multimedia Navigation/Audio/Entertainment/Communication system, a hands-free communication system, and a rear-seat DVD.
The 2008 Dodge Avenger will start at $18,895, which is just over $1,600 less than the outgoing Dodge Stratus, all while offering with $985 more content, including standard side-curtain and side seat-mounted air bags, Chill Zone, theft alarm and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel.