And could it appear as a concept in Detroit next month?
Let’s admit the obvious: The platform underpinning the Dodge Challenger and its sedan cousin, the Charger, is old. In fact, it dates back to the Daimler-Chrysler days. Or, in other words, over a decade ago. Point being is that it’ll eventually need to be replaced. Now, the Challenger was just given a refresh inside and out as well as a new engine, the supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V8. Aside from the engine, those updates won’t be good enough for much longer, especially since there’s the all-new Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang.
We know Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is up to something, simply because we asked now-VP of Global Design, Ralph Gilles, at Geneva back in 2014 the status of a new Challenger (potentially to be called the Barracuda). He simply smiled and did a great job of changing the subject back to the just-revealed Jeep Renegade. But that was almost two years ago and the 2016 Detroit Auto Show is just around the corner. Considering there’s fresh muscle car competition out there, we’re willing to bet we’ll be seeing something interesting from Dodge next month. Specifically, a new concept car. And that concept could preview the Challenger replacement. Its new platform?
That all-new Alfa Romeo-designed RWD platform that also underpins the new Giulia sedan. It was engineered to be used for coupes as well. The Challenger and Charger are both aging wonderfully, but replacements will happen, and the first indicator may very well appear next month. The Motor City is the ideal venue.