The new 2012 Avenger was released on the 2011 New York International Auto Show. The new model comes equipped with the best in class Pentastar V6 engine producing 283 hp.
The Avenger R/T makes driving a mid-size car a really fun, engaging experience, said Ralph Gilles, Dodges president and CEO. The Avenger R/T offers performance design cues both inside and out, as well as unique handling characteristics and a sport-tuned suspension. Its a vehicle that is ready to earn its stripes as part of the Dodge performance family of vehicles.
Having all that power under the hood, Avenger received revised suspension that was tuned specifically for this new model. The suspension upgrades are following: the stiffness was increased by 18 percent, spring rates are boosted by 17 percent in the front and more than 12 percent in the rear, strut-damping rates are up by 15 percent at the front and nearly 20 percent at the back, a larger rear stabilizer bar, with a 21-mm diameter, replaces the standard 19-mm bar. These changes improved steering and made the handling more responsive.
The interior received various distinctive and sporting upgrades. To match the improved driving capabilities the Avenger can boast with a new more supportive seats, that will make the occupants feel comfortable during aggressive maneuvers. The Avenger comes with a Boston Acoustic sound system which is integrated with a 276-watt touchscreen entertainment center and 30-Gb hard drive.
The 2012 model will be available for sale in the third quarter of the year.