The debut is imminent.
Yesterday came word that Dodge will probably reveal the long-rumored Charger Widebody within the next few days instead of the 2019 LA Auto Show in November. Again, it was only a rumor that we couldn't confirm. But now we can.
Dodge has officially released a teaser trailer titled "Something big is coming…"
So, what is it? Once the sheet is partially blown off the vehicle in question we can clearly see it's the Charger Widebody. We've reached out to Dodge on more than one occasion regarding this subject, and each time the Charger Widebody's existence was denied. At first, we believed the reasoning why such a fattened Charger can't happen: its sheetmetal design wouldn't allow it, according to Dodge and SRT design chief Mark Trostle.
We asked that question back in January at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show and we didn't have any reason not to believe him then. But the huge success and great publicity of the Challenger Widebody, especially the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody, must have convinced Dodge to find a way to make the Charger's design work. It didn't take them long. Last March at the Spring Festival Lx in California, the annual gathering of Charger, Challenger, and Chrysler 300 fans and owners, Dodge displayed a camouflaged prototype that was clearly a Charger Widebody. We reached out to Dodge again at the time and were told the vehicle was simply a design study and nothing more. We didn't buy that response.
The teaser video shown here is very short but telling. The vehicle hidden by the sheet is clearly a Charger and if you pause it at the right moment towards the end you'll notice the lower front vents have grown in size compared to those on the current Charger Hellcat. It's also identical to the prototype's design. Widening the body makes that happen, plus there's the more powerful supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 under the hood. Instead of 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque, expect 797 hp and 707 lb-ft. We're expecting an official reveal at any time. Get ready for the ultimate Dodge Charger.