If true, only two will be chosen.
When we chatted with Dodge and SRT design boss Mark Trostle last month at Detroit, we were told that a widebody Charger was not in the pipeline. How come? "Because the sheet metal is all different,” according to Trostle. Well, some changes might be coming for model year 2020 that could change that. According to Mopar Insiders, supposed sources have acknowledged that the widebody treatment is coming in a year’s time to two models, the Charger SRT Hellcat and R/T Scat Pack.
We reached out to Dodge for clarification and a spokesperson told us they have seen the news report "and with it being a future product… we have nothing to add.” But the Mopar Insiders report does align with what Trostle told us at Detroit, and here’s why: the 2020 Charger is said to feature drastically different looking front and rear fascias.
Trostle was referring to the currently on sale Charger when we asked about its widebody prospects at Detroit. Without new sheet metal, the widebody treatment won't be possible, that simple. The new for 2019 dual-snorkel grille will also reportedly be redesigned because of new sheet metal needed to accommodate the wider front and rear fenders.
The report further claims the 2020 Charger Widebody models will feature the same hood from today’s Charger Hellcat. The side profile won’t look very different than it does now, only it’ll have those wider flares. The side sills are also supposedly being redesigned to accommodate the widebody treatment.
Like the 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat and R/T Scat Pack Widebody models, expect the Charger sedan counterparts to come with retuned suspension, standard electronic power steering, and unique 20-inch aluminum wheels wearing a dual 5-spoke design. No official reveal date has been given but, then again, Dodge refuses to comment on whether or not the Charger Widebody models are even happening. We’ll update this space once we learn more.