Chrysler Bets Future on Past Star Wars Success


Does this look a lot like a Star Wars Storm Trooper to you? Surprisingly, it’s supposed to.

It’s called the Dodge Avenger StormTrooper.

The design team at the Chrysler Corp. decided that the public was just itching to get their hands on a car that is based on an ’80’s movie.

While the stock Dodge Avenger looks awkward from some angles, sits a little tall, and is generally unexciting visually, the Avenger StormTrooper largely eliminates those problems. Under the hood, the StormTrooper gets the 4.0L V-6 from the Pacifica crossover while the whole body is lowered over the twenty-inch tires. The white bodywork and dark tinted headlight covers and windows were inspired by the armor of the soldiers in George Lucas’ movies.

This isn’t a concept car. This car will be built. If you want to know who to thank for rolling back the clock: Designer: Scott Anderson.

Chrysler has had some success doing this retro design with the Prowler and the PT Cruiser. With all the snarkiness, I actually think I like it.

That’s a bad sign! I’m sure this was supposed to appeal to the much younger drivers who are drifting in their Hondas and Toyotas.

We Chrysler product owners know that those transmissions built in Terre Haute, Indiana, just won’t stand up to lead-foot drivers.

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Chrysler Bets Future on Past Star Wars Success — 6 Comments

  1. Nope, they sure don’t. Found out the hard way. 90’s Dodge Dynasty (I think a 1990, but can’t remember for certain), got a family emergency call at work, jumped into Dynasty, entered interstate from on-ramp ALREADY hitting 100 mph (no, not exaggerating or kidding), made it home no problem, emergency issue resolved.

    Got back in car to go somewhere, put it in reverse to back out of driveway, Dynasty lurched forward and almost went through the garage door which was IN FRONT of the car. THEN, it died.

    THAT Dodge…0 to 100 in no time flat…obviously couldn’t handle it, though. LOVED that car and miss it this day, regardless.

  2. Best Half drives a Sebring Convert – has had two major transmission issues. Two cars ago I had a Dodge – tranny problems and now I drive a Dodge Magnum. They LOOK good!