Dodge released the ongoing Challenger back in 2006 but the car went on sale two years later. Even so, this makes it more than a decade old at this point and it shows. It is currently selling worse than both of its main rivals and it can’t really compete with any of them when it comes to driving characteristics. Well, it finally looks like the FCA Group is going to do something about this. They will likely release an entirely new version with the upcoming 2020 Dodge Challenger. Even though there are very few official details, it looks like this will be a massive step over its predecessor. For starters, the car is no longer going to use the aging LC platform which has been around for nearly two decades now. Instead, the upcoming Challenger will use the same architecture as the ongoing Maserati Quattroporte.
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This is a rather big change and we are definitely interested to see how it will pan out. We do hope the price of the car is not going to increase by a huge margin. It looks like in order to achieve roughly the same pricing scheme as before, Dodge will cut some corners.
For starters, they will likely make the platform out of aluminum and high strength steel. This should still give it far better structural rigidity than before and also a considerably lower weight without increasing the cost by too much. On top of that, the upcoming Challenger will also feature an entirely new suspension setup.
|2018 Dodge Challenger RWD SXT Plus||Short Specs|
|Engine||Regular Unleaded V-6|
|Gas mileage||19/30 mpg City/Hwy|
|Body style||2dr car|
This will likely be a fully independent system, possibly with adjustable dampers on the higher end models. Thanks to it, the 2020 Dodge Challenger should drive like a true sports car, so it will be able to handle corners likely better than both of its main rivals.
The older model featured four seats and this should remain true for the upcoming 2020 Dodge Challenger. Even though the car will boast a new platform, and it will likely be smaller than before, it should still offer right around the same amount of space.
This would be possible thanks to a more clever layout as well as a longer wheelbase. The overall design of the cabin is likely going to maintain the retro-touch of its predecessor which so many people loved. However, both the quality of the materials and the fit and finish are expected to be vastly improved over what was previously available.
2020 Dodge Challenger Redesign
There is no denial about the fact the current Challenger is a great looking vehicle. However, it is starting to show its age and it doesn’t really appeal anymore to the newer generation. Just like with their rivals, the FCA Group will likely give the 2020 Dodge Challenger a more modern front end with a curvier feel to it.
The car’s profile and rear end should follow a similar treatment. The end result will likely look like an evolution of the current model which would make things quite a bit more interesting than before.
Engine and Specs
Both the 5.7 and 6.4-liter V8 engines will likely be gone for the 2020 Challenger. The Hellcat is also likely not going to arrive at the new model. Even so, the new car won’t be less powerful than before.
The base model should now boast a 2.0-liter turbo-four with up to 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. With the lower weight, it should allow the Challenger to trump its rivals. The higher-end versions of the car are likely going to make use of Maserati-engines.
These V6 and V8 mills will likely come with twin-turbochargers, so they should easily provide anything between 400 and over 600 horsepower and as much as 600 lb-ft of torque. Like before, a manual gearbox might still be available on some of the base models of the car. Most others will likely come equipped with an 8 speed automatic.
2020 Dodge Challenger Release and Price
Considering we haven’t seen a development prototype up to this point, it is safe to assume the upcoming Challenger is still a while away. Most rumors seem to suggest Dodge will reveal the car towards the end of 2019 which would actually make quite a bit of sense. Its price shouldn’t be all that different from the current model, so a base price of under $30,000 is a real possibility.
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