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A Dodge Challenger SUV Could Become A Reality

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It could be a potential rival to Ford's upcoming Mustang-inspired SUV.

With SUV sales showing no sign of slowing down, automakers can't stop cashing in on the popular segment. This has led to the rise of performance SUVs such as the Lamborghini Urus and Porsche Cayenne. Looking ahead, Ford is plotting a new Mustang-inspired SUV, Ferrari is working on the high-performance Purosangue SUV, and Aston Martin is developing the DBX crossover. These models clearly take design cues from existing supercars and sports cars, which has inspired rendering artists to imagine how other models could be converted into an SUV.

We recently saw what a Corvette SUV could look like if it was given the green light by General Motors. Now, Russian website Kolesa.ru has produced a render showing what a potential Dodge Challenger SUV could look like. Essentially, it looks like a lifted version of the Challenger muscle car since it sports the same grille, headlights, vented hood, and taillights as the car it's based on. Two additional doors and a rear hatch have also been added to compensate for the SUV's extra size, but the back-end looks far too squashed.

Under the hood, we're imagining this hypothetical Dodge Challenger using the Challenger SRT Redeye's 6.2-liter supercharged V8, which produces 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque.

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Is a Dodge Challenger SUV ever likely to happen? Well, maybe. Don't forget that Dodge already sells the Durango SUV, which includes a high-performance SRT variant with 475 hp and 470 lb-ft on tap, but a Dodge Challenger SUV could probably be justified as a rival to Ford's future Mustang-inspired SUV and Chevrolet's Bolt-based electric crossover, even if it upsets fans of the iconic American muscle car. Fiat Chrysler hasn't expressed any desire to build a Dodge Challenger SUV, but we wouldn't rule it out for the future. With SUVs and crossovers continuing to dominate the auto industry, anything can happen.