Today’s Dodge Challenger and Charger Could Stay the Same Until 2021

If you’re a fan of the current Dodge Charger and Challenger, we’ve got good news for you. Dodge is reportedly keeping the current Charger and Challenger in production until at least 2020, instead of debuting all-new models in 2018 as was previously rumored. Yes, that means today’s Challenger, introduced in 2008, will be in production for more than twice as long as the first-generation 1970-1974 car it emulates.

Citing anonymous Fiat Chrysler sources, Automotive News reports that Dodge will refresh the Challenger and Charger for 2018, but won’t give the models a full redesign until the 2021 model year. It’s also expected that Chrysler will discontinue the 300 sedan when the new Charger and Challenger debut.

In addition to the 2018 refresh, Dodge plans on maintaining Challenger and Charger sales with more special-edition models, like this year’s Charger Daytona and Challenger T/A. We already know an all-wheel-drive, V6-powered Challenger is soon to arrive, as is a widebody Hellcat with more room for tires that might actually be able to handle the power.

When the Charger and Challenger are redesigned for 2021, they’ll share a platform with the new, rear-drive Alfa Romeo Giulia. The Alfa Romeo platform is significantly stiffer than the current one, which could allow Dodge to build a Challenger-based convertible. This car, rumored to revive the Barracuda nameplate, has been teased by Dodge for a number of years, so its arrival is highly anticipated.

Dodge is quite adept at creating a whole galaxy of special-editions based on its rear-drive coupe and sedan, whether it’s paint and vinyl add-ons or the mighty Hellcat. Still, four more years is a long time in the car world, and there’s only so much a supercharger can fix.

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