Dodge responds to recent rumors about the Charger's replacement.
Last week, Muscle Cars and Trucks spotted what appeared to be a hidden easter egg hinting at when we can expect the next-generation Dodge Challenger and Charger to arrive. Zooming in on a press photo of the 2020 Challenger's interior showed the car's instrument displaying 2,023 miles on the odometer.
This may have been a coincidence, or it could suggest the next-generation Challenger and Charger will launch in 2023. After all, Dodge has already confirmed that production of the next-generation Challenger and Charger has been delayed beyond 2021.
We reached out to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for comment, and a spokesperson responded saying it's "not an easter egg" and is "simply the mileage." Question is, do we believe them?
After all, Dodge has a history of leaving cryptic clues in its teaser campaigns. Last year, for example, photos of the new Ram Rebel TRX were released with 7:07 on the clock. This was alluding to the Hellcat engine producing 707 horsepower. The Dodge Demon's exhaustive teaser campaign was also riddled with easter eggs hinting at its performance.
In other Challenger-related rumors, a recent report claims that a hardcore, special-edition Challenger will be revealed next year to celebrate the muscle car's 50th anniversary. It will allegedly be called the Challenger ACR and come equipped with track-focused goodies such as a massive adjustable dual-element carbon-fiber rear wing, a detachable extension for the front splitter, and additional dive planes.
While we're looking forward to the next-generation Challenger, sales of the current model are showing no signs of slowing down. In the third quarter, the Challenger outsold its main rivals, the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, selling 18,031 units, representing a 21 percent over the same period last year. That's seriously impressive considering the current Challenger is over ten years old and its rivals have been renewed.