2021 Dodge Challenger Redesign – Challenger is still a powerful seller for Dodge and a happy car maker to keep the current generation of models alive for a few more years. But, in the end, the time will come for the new Challenger, which is believed to arrive around 2021 in conjunction with the next generation Charger.
2021 Dodge Challenger Redesign
Our exclusive rendering preview sees possibilities for new models and our artists have taken an evolutionary path. We do not expect drastic changes in the overall profile of the car, aside from the wider curves of muscular wheels and the rear end. In the front, a familiar layout with four circular lights is most likely to be preserved and will be combined with a more prominent gril and a larger air intake on the bumper.
At this point, we don’t have a clear indication of what platforms will support the new Challenger. In September last year, it was reported that Dodge could move the vehicle to the Maserati architecture, which would be introduced to the new Ghibli sedan. Previous rumors even suggested a future Charger and Challenger might use Giorgio Alfa Romeo’s chassis. However, about two months ago, Motor authorities claimed the duo would continue riding on the Chrysler LX platform version, which is now over 10 years old.
“The problem with Giorgio is from the standpoint of size and ability, it reflects more European performance requirements than the American heritage of Dodge,” Marchionne explained back in June this year.
Of course, if that is the final decision of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the platform will be widely revised to help Dodge meet more stringent emissions and safety standards over the next decade. In fact, the work is already done on a completely renovated architecture and “Of course when we are done with that architecture, you will not recognize its origins.”
However, this does not mean that Challenger will be EV. FCA is actually thinking about hybrid longer drivetrain.
“The reality is those platforms, and the technology we use needs to go forward. They can’t exist as you enter the middle of the 2020 ‘s, “Manley said at The Detroit Car Show, according to The Detroit News. “New technology will push the load out, so we can think of powertrains in different ways. And we can use electrification to really add to that vehicle. “
Moreover, Manley hinted that electrification could be applied initially to the high-performance challenger version.
“I think the electrification will definitely be a part of the formula that says what American muscles are in the future, ” he added. “What will not happen is the engine V-8, supercharged, 700 horsepower. “
Challenger is currently available with a choice of four gasoline engines. The base Model is equipped with the FCA’s known Pentastar V-6 3.6 liter engine and produces 305 horsepower and a torque of 268 pound feet. The power increases when you select 5.7 Liters V-8, which generates 375 horses and 410 pounds-feet.
Move upwards on the trim ladder, and the Challenger becomes available with a larger Hemi V-8 6.4 liters. It is a naturally most powerful aspirated offering with a power of 485 horsepower and 475 pound-twist. Finally, there was Hemi, the supercharged V-8, 6.2 liters that pumped 707 horsepower and a torque of 650 pounds-feet in a Hellcat SRT model. Then there is an upgraded arrangement of the same engine for SRT Demon, where a 6.2 liter unit issued 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet. The Demon is not a street law.
One thing to note here is that, unlike the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, the Dodge Challenger is not available with four-cylinder engines.
Although we do not know how challengers next generation, I will definitely be lighter. That’s largely because the FCA will drop the ancient Daimler-Benz platform that makes almost all of the Challenger versions scale more than 4,000 pounds. Apart from the basic model, which comes with a little over 3,800 pounds, the V-8 model weighs up to 4,469 pounds, with the heavier model being Hellcat.
And this figure is somewhat painful when compared to competition. While the Mustang currently rises to 3,800 pounds, Camaro weighs at 3,760 pounds. What is really worrying is that the Challenger is actually as weighing in with the regular 7 series wheelbase BMW. We talked about a full size sedan packed with technology here!
In order to remain competitive, Challenger needs to do a large diet and go below 3,500 pounds in basic form. Higher performance models also need to weigh less than 4,000 pounds. In fact, to add electric motors and batteries, the FCA needs to push the benchmark far below 3,800 pounds, since hybrid systems are usually heavier than drivetrains that use only gas.