Dodge Might Not Drop Internal Combustion for Next-Gen Charger After All
Dodge is discontinuing the Charger and Challenger after the 2023 model year, but the automaker isn’t doing away with muscle cars altogether. Though a Dodge spokesperson confirmed that internal combustion would not be a part of the next Charger lineup in a 2022 conversation with Motor1, a new report from Mopar Insiders claims that the next-gen car will get the Hurricane inline-six alongside the electric Charger Daytona.
Mopar Insiders’ source said the electric Daytona’s look would be surprisingly similar to the concept car Dodge unveiled last year, while the standard Charger will get the Hurricane six-cylinder engine and may be positioned as a separate model. Like the concept, the production Charger Daytona will get a unique rear “R-wing,” an available panoramic glass roof, and an aerodynamic grille design that improves airflow and generates downforce.
Despite these tantalizing details on the new Charger, Mopar Insiders noted that Dodge might roll out a fresh Challenger before the next-gen Charger goes on sale. The automaker is expected to hand out more information at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in September.
Dodge and Chevrolet both announced the demise of their muscle cars, with the Camaro departing after 2024. That left Ford as the lone American automaker with a traditional gas-powered burnout machine on sale. The era of electrified muscle cars is coming, however, as Chevy is expected to drop an electrified Camaro in 2026, possibly as a 2027 model and an electric Ford Mustang is due by the end of the decade.
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