Despite revealing the concept and even a spy video, Dodge has refused to comment on the status of the rumored widebody Charger. Last March, a camouflaged concept was revealed at Spring Festival Lx in Pomona, California, the annual gathering of Charger, Challenger, and Chrysler 300 fans. Our own quests for comment to Dodge were met with the typical "We don’t comment on future product.”
Still, we know something is up and according to Mopar Insiders, there’s a very good chance the 2020 Dodge Charger Widebody will debut by the end of this month instead of the 2019 LA Auto Show in November, as previously reported. This debut would probably also include the Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody. When and where will this happen? Mopar Insiders says the likely venue is FCA’s annual drive event, which takes place at the end of June. It’s an opportunity for media to drive the automaker’s latest vehicles for the upcoming model year.
The Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye widebody debuted at the event exactly a year ago. Wouldn’t it make sense to have an equally awesome unveiling this year, too? Absolutely. The publication also claims the Charger will receive the supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 with 797 hp and 707 lb-ft of torque in both regular and widebody options. Charger Redeye buyers will be offered a choice of two body styles.
The widebody models will receive a different front and rear fascia design that’ll help better blend the widebody kit into the body. An all-new hood featuring heat extractors will also be necessary for obvious reasons. Expect the Charger widebody to also feature a new SRT Performance Spoiler, a feature included on the prototype a few months back.
All told, the Charger widebody option is expected to be offered on the Redeye, Hellcat, and R/T Scat Pack models – exactly as it is for the Challenger.
Now, all of this begs the question: is this the last hurrah for the current Challenger and Charger? Has Dodge done everything possible with this platform, engine, and design? Successors to both vehicles are expected though we don’t know when exactly. If the widebody variants represent the end, then it’s a hell of a final bow.