Will it even be a muscle car?
Fact: Dodge will launch its first-ever, all-electric muscle car for the 2024 model year. However, it won't wait that long to add an electrified vehicle to its lineup. And when we say "electrified" we're not referring to a pure battery-electric but rather a plug-in hybrid. The Detroit News has confirmed with the automaker its intention to launch a currently unknown PHEV model in 2022.
For now, details are being kept under wraps, so we don't know whether it's an all-new model for an updated version of an existing one. The thing is, the brand currently only has a three-model lineup: the Dodge Charger, Challenger, and Durango SUV.
The Grand Caravan and Journey were killed off not long ago. Of those three survivors, there's a better chance the Durango is the PHEV powertrain candidate. This is purely speculation on our part because we think it's a little too early to see a rebadged Peugeot reach our shores. A completely redesigned Durango (assuming there will be one) isn't expected for another couple of years, so giving the existing model some sort of added value - in this case, a PHEV option - could be beneficial in keeping it competitive. Considering the Durango shares a platform with the Grand Cherokee, which will be getting a 4xe plug-in version, this also seems logical.
Stellantis also confirmed that Alfa Romeo will become an EV-only brand starting in 2027.
We already knew its future lineup will ride on a brand new platform, though that date does mean the upcoming Tonale SUV will have a relatively short lifespan due to its PHEV setup. This might not be a problem if it shares a chassis with the Peugeot 2008 which was developed with electrification in mind. Another upcoming all-electric model is the 2024 Ram 1500. Although it'll arrive a little late to the party, it'll no doubt be a worthy rival to Ford's new F-150 Lightning and Chevy's forthcoming Silverado EV.
We should be hearing a lot more about Dodge's new PHEV model in the coming months. A reveal date hasn't been provided yet though we expect that to know that fairly soon.