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 |  Nov 18 2010, 9:02 AM

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When we saw the 2011 Dodge Avenger on stage at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, we noticed that it was parked next to a Challenger. Seriously, that’s about all we noticed.

Sure there’s some new styling cues at the front and rear, but basically it looks a lot like the 2010 model. Then we had a chance to see the interior and it changed our perceptions. When Ralph Gilles told us about how well this new model handles, we actually wanted to get behind that new wheel.

Let’s face it, Chrysler can’t just replace everything in the lineup with a completely new world-class product overnight, so making the best of what you’ve got is the only way to go for now. The changes made to the Avenger…under the skin…are probably going to pay more dividends anyhow. The new 283-hp Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 won’t hurt much either.

Dodge used the LA show to announce official pricing on the refreshed model with the base model Express starting at $19,245; the Mainstreet from $21,245; the Heat from $23,745 and the top-level Lux from $23,545.

GALLERY: 2011 Dodge Avenger

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 |  Oct 28 2010, 9:42 AM

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Dodge has just revealed the latest of its 2011 redesigns, the updated Avenger sedan, boasting the most powerful engine in its class as well as a host of other upgrades.

A new base 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine joins the lineup, while the optional V6 boasts 283 best-in-class horsepower, plus a significant 260 ft-lbs of torque. But Dodge didn’t just toss in some extra power, they’ve also significantly revised the car’s suspension with an all new setup that includes a 1-inch wider track, wider 225 (compared to 215) tires, and a lower center of gravity thanks to a front end that’s lower by 12mm and a rear end that’s been dropped 6mm.

Outside, the overall shape of the car doesn’t change much with a new “split crosshair” grille shared with the rest of the lineup, while a lower front fascia helps give it a meaner and more dynamic look.

Inside, the changes are much more significant, with new instruments and a new steering wheel, not to mention upgraded seats. Plus, Dodge will now offer two-tone interiors and much of the cabin features soft touch items – replacing much of the hard plastic. Added sound deadening results in one of the quietest cabins in its class (claims Dodge).

It’s been a long time since we’ve wanted to drive an Avenger (maybe this is even the first time), but we’re eager to get behind the wheel and see if the new Chrysler can deliver.

The new 2011 Dodge Avenger will go on sale near the end of this year.

GALLERY: 2011 Dodge Avenger

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