By Patrick Rall
The next generation Chrysler 200 is expected to debut at the upcoming 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit but when the new midsized sedan is introduced – it is widely expected that there will no longer be an Avenger on the same platform. It has long been rumored that the Avenger would be discontinued and while other rumors suggest otherwise, there have been plenty of spyshots captured showing the next generation Chrysler 200 and none of the next Avenger.
On one hand, the Dodge Avenger has been one of the brand’s bestsellers for a few years but there really isnt a need for two midsized sedans in the Chrysler Group lineup. Although the Avenger has traditionally been a sport model while the Chrysler 200 takes a luxury approach, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has made it very clear that he wants less competition between the brands and that means that either the 200 or the Avenger will be discontinued. All of that speculation brings us to our question of the week.
Should the Dodge Avenger continue into the next generation? The odds are good that most buyers who would have purchased a future Avenger will just turn to the new Chrysler 200 but do you think that this is a good idea or is the company better off with two similar midsized sedans?