Dodge Looks at the Future of SUVs with their Avenger Concept

The folks at DaimlerChryler's Dodge division are showing off what they see could be the future for sport utility vehicles with their Avenger concept car. The Avenger is making the rounds at auto shows this year.

This sporty four door all-wheel drive vehicle has look of a sports sedan rather than the truck oriented SUVs usually seen on the road. But the design offers a SUV's ride height, visibility, and off-road ability.

The Avenger has a wide track, full fenders and a unique fastback profile to showcase its agile all-wheel drive capability. The rear doors open 90 degrees for better ingress and egress and allow for both occupants and items, such as skis, a mountain bike or just groceries. At the rear, a hatch-style liftgate enables a level of versatility for any owner to indulge his or her active lifestyle.

Dodge says their Avenger was designed to reflect the style of European rallye cars.

"In Europe, rallye cars are known for their tough levels of durability no matter what the conditions are," said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President - Design, Chrysler Group. "In North America, such vehicles are usually seen only in video games. But why limit someone who has an active lifestyle or just appreciates a vehicle with similar capability to something the size of a traditional SUV?"

Avenger's all-wheel-drive powertrain consists of a 3.5-liter V6 and an A604 automatic transmission. Gears are changed not with a standard stick shifter, but with steering wheel-mounted paddles to enable quick, direct and smooth transitions and response.

"The Dodge Avenger Concept delivers all-wheel-drive capability wrapped in a contemporary, versatile package that real people can use everyday," says Creed.

There is no word yet on whether the Avenger will actually be put into production, but DaimlerChysler is well known for turning their concept vehicles into vehicles you can buy at your local dealer.

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