2020 Dodge Challenger Convertible Redesign – The challenger is still a strong seller for Dodge and the carmaker is happy to keep the current generation of model alive for a few more years. But in the end, the time will come for a whole new challenger, which is believed to arrive sometime in 2021 along with the next generation charger. Our exclusive rendering previews a possible look for the new model and our artists have taken the evolutionary path. We do not expect any drastic changes in the overall profile of the car, except for slightly more muscular wheel arches and a wider rear end. On the flip side, the familiar layout with four round headlights will most likely be retained and will be combined with a more pronounced grille and greater air intake in the bumper.
2020 Dodge Challenger Convertible Redesign
At this time, we have no clear indications as to what platform will support the new 2020 Dodge Challenger Convertible . Last September, it was reported that Dodge could move the vehicle to a Maserati architecture, which will be introduced with the new Ghibli sedan. Past rumors even suggested the future charger and Challenger can use the alfa Romeo’s Giorgio chassis. But for approx. two months ago, the Motor Authority claimed the duo will continue to run on versions of the Chrysler LX platform, which is now more than 10 years old.
“The problem with Giorgio is from the size and capacity point of view it reflects far more of a European performance requirement than it does the American legacy of Dodge,” Marchionne explained back in June this year.
Of course, if it is the final decision of Fiat Chrysler cars, the platform will be heavily revised to help 2020 Dodge Challenger Convertible meet the stricter emissions and safety standards in the next decade. In fact, work is already underway on the overhauled architecture and “certainly by the time we end this architecture, you will not recognize its origins.”
Remember the modern Dodge Challenger convertible for sale that made its rounds across the blogosphere a few weeks ago? Most of the muscle car enthusiasts seemed to enjoy it, but the kicker is that it is not officially made by the FCA. Instead, all Challenger convertibles on the road are a product of the Aftermarket, with many of them being manufactured by drop top customs in Florida. Quite a few examples of them were parading topless during the 2019 Woodward Dream Cruise — a natural Habitat for the swaggering Challenger Coupe convertible.
We recently caught up with Kevin Hellman, Product Manager for the Dodge Challenger, and asked him about the prospect of a Dodge Challenger convertible, why there was never one for this generation and if there ever will be one.
“I can’t speak of any past vehicle development, or any future, but we are aware that people are meeting demand for a Dodge Challenger convertible through after market,” Hellman told MC&T during the Roadkill nights event two weekends ago. “I’ve seen one in person, it’s a pretty nice car. But like everything else, there has to be a business case that will support it.”
Whatever that might mean, Hellman couldn’t elaborate. Whether or not it revolves around architectural restraint of the Dodge Challenger ‘LA “platform was not provided. Although the market currently offers a Challenger convertible, such an offer from the factory would require significant fortifications to the car’s body to keep it from flexing.
“I can’t speak to what they’re doing and all the details done to the car beyond just taking off,” Hellman said.
It is understood that the FCA will continue to use the existing architecture (it is probably well paid for at this point) to support both the Dodge Challenger and charger for several years to come as customers are satisfied with the FCA leaving well enough alone. By extension, this means that the product teams behind these muscle cars will have to find ways to keep the vehicles fresh for repeat customers, and that could ultimately mean cutting the top. There is doubt that this could ever happen. But just as people don’t think that the challenger would ever get something like all wheel drives, doubters could one day be proven wrong.