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Next-Generation Chrysler Compact Aiming to Shake-Up Segment

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Khatir Soltani

Dodge Avenger Concept Said to Influence New Model's Styling

Just as Chrysler has shaken up the midsize segment with its new 300, and hopes to repeat the process with the launch of its stylish

The Dodge Avenger concept car that was introduced in Detroit in 2003 is a good starting point for an altogether unique compact. (Photo: Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press)
new Dodge Charger, the Auburn Hills automaker's next-generation compact is sure to ruffle a few feathers.

Recent spy shots depict something similar to the Dodge Avenger concept car that was introduced in Detroit in 2003, an altogether unique compact that will be sure to stand out in a segment that is all too often filled with me-too sedans and 5-door hatchbacks.

Confirming early reports, the new model will share its general architecture with the upcoming Mitsubishi GS, the new name expected for the Lancer replacement, which will bode well

The SX 2.0 (still Neon in the U.S.) replacement is expected to arrive in late 2005 as a 2006 model year (Dodge Avenger concept shown). (Photo: Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press)
for the domestic brand. After all, the Mitsubishi version will also spawn the next-generation EVO IX rally car, one of the best handling vehicles available for sale.

The SX replacement, codenamed PM49, couldn't arrive too soon, as new models from competing brands having been encroaching on what was once a very profitable model for Chrysler Group. When it arrives, in late 2005 as a 2006 model year, it is expected to be available in a variety of body styles, including a 2-door coupe, 4-door sedan and 5-door hatch - the latter is expected first, however.

Khatir Soltani
Khatir Soltani
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