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.