Final Friday, Motor Development reported that Dodge would construct one other gas-powered technology of the 2 massive, rear-wheel-drive (RWD) vehicles that, arguably, most outline the model within the American creativeness. MT cited nameless sources inside the corporate for its report, writing that Dodge was creating a lighter RWD platform to hold its V8-powered monsters into one other period.
Dodge has since shot the report down.
“The story is wrong,” a Dodge spokesperson instructed a number of information shops late yesterday. “The Hemi in that platform, in addition to that platform, are going away.”
That doesn’t imply no automobile will put on the Charger or Challenger badges once more. Reasonably, the spokesperson says, “the subsequent technology will likely be BEV [battery electric vehicle].”
Dodge had already introduced plans to unveil an “electrical muscle automobile” this 12 months. Which will come later this month at its summer time Velocity Week occasion. There’s no phrase but on whether or not it would put on the Challenger identify, however early teaser pictures present it would revive an outdated triangular Dodge badge final used within the Nineteen Sixties.
Dodge hasn’t stated when it would construct the final gas-powered Charger or Challenger, however they gained’t get a redesign. The present Charger dates again to the 2011 model 12 months. At 11 years outdated, it’s working into its retirement years by automotive requirements. Meaning the present Challenger – first launched for the 2008 model 12 months – might justly name it “child” on the watercooler.
The gas-powered muscle automobile will reportedly dwell on after Dodge lastly retires the Challenger. Studies say Ford will introduce an all-new Mustang this fall.