Chrysler has been on a roll with product development, as Brenda
Priddy’s cameras have recently caught the ’11 Town & Country
minivan, forthcoming Jeep Patriot and the ’11 Dodge Journey. Now
Priddy’s lenses have found the ’11 Dodge Avenger R/T.
The Avenger looks like it might be in for a more significant upgrade
than its linemates, starting with a new grille and bumper up front. In
back, the Charger-like shoulder appears to be smoothed out (unless this
is a trick of the camouflage).
As with much of the Chrysler lineup, the Avenger will get the new 3.6L
Pentastar V6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and the
possible addition of Multi-Air technology (a variable valve timing
innovation from parent company Fiat) in later models. Priddy says the
base 2.4L four-cylinder has also been retuned for more efficiency.
Production of the 2011 Avenger will start at the Sterling Heights, Michigan, plant