These economical 3-door and 5-door hatchbacks were introduced in 1987. This model was a brother-model of the Plymouth Sundance. In 1991, Dodge introduced 2-door convertible to Shadow lineup. As of 1987, however, they are no longer equipped with a Renault engine, this having been replaced by a US counterpart.
The Shadow offers a variety of four-cylinder engines, 2.2 L or 2.5 L, some of them turbocharged. This model was oriented around torque instead of horsepower, and engines are semi-consuming. Equipped with a 5-speed manual or 3-speed automatic transmission, later charged with Mitsubishi-built 3.0 L V6 engines, these cars represent pure American master craftsmanship.