By Patrick Rall
The news from the Automobile Magazine discussion with
Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne continues to trickle out and today, we look at
the future of the Dodge Challenger and the Dodge Charger.
The Dodge Challenger has remained virtually unchanged since
being introduced in 2008 with the exceptions of new engines, new transmission
and more power. It has been rumored that
the next generation Challenger would depart from the full sized platform shared
with the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 but according to Automobile Magazine –
the next generation Challenger could arrive as soon as 2014 and when it does,
it will still share “DNA” with the sedans.
While there are no specifics, it sure sounds like the 2014
Dodge Challenger will still be built on some form of the large (and heavy) LX
platform. Because of that, we probably
won’t be getting a more compact Challenger that will better compete (in terms
of dimensions) with the likes of the Mustang and Camaro but we can expect that
the new Challenger will pack enough power to continue to attract lovers of big
There are also suggestions that the Challenger could depart
from the Dodge brand, instead becoming the next vehicle under the SRT brand. However, unless the SRT brand expands their
offerings to include V6 and lower performance V8 models – the Challenger lineup
will not quite fit in with the direction of the SRT lineup.
The Dodge Charger got a pretty extensive refresh for the
2011 model year so it is still fairly fresh but come 2016, Automobile Magazine
reports that there will be a new generation of the Charger sedan. Little is known about this next gen Charger
shy of the facts that it will offer both a V6 and V8 engine, rear wheel drive
and all wheel drive, and that it will share a platform with the Chrysler 300
Considering that the 2016 Dodge Charger is still some 4
model years away, a great deal could change but we would expect that the next
generation Charger would still derive its power from some form of the Pentastar
V6 along with some form of the Hemi V8 engine family. We can almost be sure to see an 8-speed
automatic transmission for the V6, if not all of the engine options but sadly –
we wouldn’t bet on seeing a manual transmission in the option list.