2021 Dodge Charger Concept – A track-focused 2021 Dodge Charger Concept may be in the works as a new flagship version for the current generation of the model, but the automaker is also planning the successor to the two-door muscle. Initially, it was believed the new 2021 Dodge Charger Concept will arrive sometime in 2021, but recently it was announced it will be delayed. Now, a new report suggests we could see the Coupe for the 2023 model year.
2021 Dodge Charger Concept
Earlier this year, Dodge released images of the 2021 Dodge Charger Concept describing the sports car and the people over at the muscle cars and trucks noted that one of the images shows a rather interesting number. The instrument cluster of the displayed vehicle has 2023 miles on the mileage – and while this could be just a coincidence, our source believes that it actually hints at the launch year of the new 2021 Dodge Charger Concept.
We must admit that there is some credibility to this hint. Of course, don’t take it as any kind of confirmation the new 2021 Dodge Charger Concept along with the next charger, will necessarily arrive in 2023, but we want to think that this will actually be the case.
Despite his growing age, the 2021 Dodge Charger Conceptwas the segment leader in the third quarter of this year, outselling his rivals the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang. The model remains an anomaly 11 years after its debut — while its Crosstown rivals have released new, updated models with more power and technology over the last few years, the Challenger has continued on its own path unabated — and it works.
It’s probably safe to assume the next-generation 2021 Dodge Charger Concept will keep its retro design, as Mark Trostle, the head of design for Dodge, Chrysler, and SRT, recently commented on is committed to keeping the retro vibe alive. Will this work for the successor of Dodge’s most successful model in recent history? Only time will tell.
When the first LX platform Chryslers appeared in late 2004, buyers who had long been wary of automakers’ products took comfort in the fact that the new 300 and Dodge Charger / Magnum borrowed so many components from the Bedmate Mercedes Benz.
While not a direct transfer, the front and rear suspension, Floor pan, and five-speed automatic transmission (among other items) all boasted German heritage. DaimlerChrysler found himself with a hit on his hands. Thirteen years later, after many updates and styling refreshes, LX cars are still being pulled from Fiat Chrysler’s Brampton, Ontario assembly line and into the waiting arms of North American traditionalists.
It was long anticipated that after the FCA hit snooze on a planned 2019 platform swap, we would see new funda — for the old rear drivers of 2021. Keep your horses, says CEO Sergio Marchionne.
The executive, which unveiled the company’s new five-year plan on Friday (sans Chrysler, Dodge, and Fiat), suggests the future Dodge charges and the 2021 Dodge Charger Concept may stick to the current platform, albeit in heavily modified form.
Side note: 300 are all but guaranteed to die, as per previous remarks by Marchionne.
In the company’s last five-year plan, the LX cars were poised to get Italian architecture for the 2019 model year, probably the rear-drive Giorgio platform used by Alfa Romeo Giulia. Last year, however, Automotive News reported that Maserati Ghibli’s foundation would set up shop under the American Full-sizers.
That’s a problem as Ghibli is now expected to adopt the Giorgio platform towards the end of the automaker’s five-year planning window. In other words, right around the time the next-generation Dodges roll out of Brampton.
Comments reported by the Motor Authority late Friday show FCA have second thoughts about the Giorgio platform.
“We may not necessarily have to go as far as Giorgio Architecture for Dodge as long as we are willing to commit to a significant upgrade to current architecture to make it competitive,” Marchionne said. “It’s something that’s already started.”
He continued: “At least when we finish that architecture, you will not recognize its origin. We can maintain its bare bones structure.
Marchionne suggested that the Italian platform may not be the best fit for models with V8 engines of up to 707 horsepower. “The problem with Giorgio is from the size and capacity point of view it reflects much more of a European performance requirement than it does the American legacy of Dodge,” he said.
Without providing a timeline for the renewed platform’s completion, we are back, provided the 2021 date is still in play. Should the FCA go this route, it means that the next generation of cars could maintain the current generation’s generous proportions, but perhaps not their weight. A diet seems inevitable. It is needed if the FCA wants to offer, say, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with eTorque mild hybrid Assist in the future lineup.
Let’s hope the engineers erase an Achilles heel in the process. Meaning, of course, the 2021 Dodge Charger Concept dismal performance in the small overlap front crash test.