A clue of its reveal date has been hiding in plain sight all along.
It's hard to believe the current Dodge Challenger has been on sale for over ten years, having debuted for the 2008 model year. And yet the iconic muscle car is aging like a fine wine, because it managed to outsell its chief rivals, the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, in the third quarter. It's an impressive achievement when you consider its competitors have been redesigned since the current Challenger went on sale.
An all-new Challenger will arrive eventually, however. Originally, the next-generation Challenger and Charger were expected to arrive in 2021, but production has been delayed. Dodge hasn't announced we can expect the replacements for the Challenger and Charger to arrive, but the automaker may have given us a big clue.
As discovered by Muscle Cars and Trucks, a close inspection of the press photos released for the 2020 Dodge Challenger reveal that the car's instrument cluster is showing 2023 miles on the odometer. This could support recent rumors that the next-generation Challenger will arrive in 2023. Of course, it could just be a coincidence, but this wouldn't be the first time Dodge has planted easter eggs in its press photos - the Challenger SRT Demon's teaser campaign was full of cryptic clues. Further supporting this theory is that the next-generation Camaro is expected to arrive in 2023.
Before the next-generation model launches, Dodge will reportedly unveil a new special-edition Challenger next year to celebrate the muscle car's 50th anniversary. It will allegedly be called the Challenger ACR and feature an array of track-focused upgrades such as a massive adjustable dual-element carbon-fiber rear wing, a detachable extension for the front splitter, and additional dive planes. Production of the Challenger ACR will likely be limited and it could also pack more power than the 797-hp Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye.