Dodge has released the first details about the facelifted 2011 Avenger. It features a revised exterior and a redesign cabin.

Dodge has released the first images of the facelifted 2011 Avenger.

Essentially a rebadged Chrysler 200, the Avenger features a modified front fascia, a revised grille, and new taillights.

Inside, the cabin is completely redesigned with a new dashboard, a revised center stack, and more comfortable seats. Other tweaks include a new instrument cluster, a sporty steering wheel, and "soft-touch" armrests.

Under the hood, two engines are available. The Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 churns out 283 hp (211 kW / 287 PS), while the entry-level 2.4-liter four-cylinder will likely produce 173 hp (129 kW / 175 PS). A six-speed automatic transmission will be standard on the V6 and optional on the four-cylinder.

To improve handling, engineers "retuned or redesigned virtually every part of the suspension." More specifically, the ride height has been reduced (12mm front / 6mm rear), the track has been increased, and stickier tires have been fitted.

No word on pricing, but look for the updated Avenger to start arriving at dealerships later this year.

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