Chrysler Group will unveil the all-new Jeep Wrangler at the Paris Motor Show this week, and reveal a concept car that hints at a brand new Dodge saloon car that will be on sale in the UK by the middle of next year.
The production version of the two-door Jeep Wrangler and four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited are being shown in Europe for the first time, and will be in dealers in the UK by April next year.
Peter Lambert, Managing Director of Chrysler Group UK, said: “This new Wrangler offers drivers the ‘rugged’ Jeep look and feel without letting its extreme off-road ability compromise on-road dynamics. The new model is a significant step forward from the old vehicle, as it offers a diesel engine for the first time, a choice of short and long-wheelbase, much better road manners, reduced noise levels, a host of safety features, a convertible hard top and an all-new interior with space for five adults and their luggage.
“We expect the new Jeep Wrangler to attract attention from families that currently buy the Land Rover Defender. We will offer impressive value for money and fuel economy plus a diesel auto option and convertible hard roof not available on the competition.”
While 99 per cent of Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited sold in the UK in 2007 will be powered by a new 2.8-litre diesel engine, a handful of Jeep ‘Wrangler Rubicon’ models will be sold with a new 3.8-litre petrol engine and a host of additional off-road features that will make this the best off-road Wrangler ever.
Dodge is also looking to break new ground with the all-new Dodge Avenger concept - a bold styling statement that does away with the idea that a functional family car is automatically boring.
The Avenger concept will appeal to car buyers around the world who need the practicality, functionality and fuel efficiency of a mid-size saloon, but want more, including a vehicle that stands out and makes a statement. Avenger’s bold muscle car styling, innovative features and solid performance will allow them to do just that.
Peter Lambert added: “While the Avenger concept only hints at the latest vehicle from Dodge, it will do what Caliber has done for the family hatchback and what Nitro promises to do in the 4x4 segment – it offers a unique alternative to the competition. The Dodge Caliber has been a big success with the car-buying public so we are expecting great things from our two new Dodge vehicles next year.”
From the front, large quad headlamps surrounded by black housings create the distinctive glare that forms Avenger’s face and surround the signature Dodge crosshair grille. Avenger’s side profile is distinguished by a long bonnet, short deck lid proportions with muscular rear shoulders and sleek rear spoiler. This concept’s long glasshouse is created by the use of a high-gloss black B-pillar and aerodynamic inspired rear door appliqués, which make this mid-size saloon look like it’s pouncing forward, even when it’s at a standstill.
Deep side sills, nineteen-inch five-spoke painted satin silver wheels and deep red brake callipers add to the Avenger concept’s sporty look. Chrome-tipped dual exhaust outlets communicate the performance capability of the Avenger concept’s 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine.Published 27 September 2006