The venerable rear-drive LX platform will soldier on underneath the Dodge Charger into the subsequent decade, according to resources close to the company.
A platform swap planned for late 2018 won’t arrive until after 2020, having a styling refresh serving to stretch the lifespan of the current generation, a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles insider told Automotive News.
When the Dodge Charger eventually switches to some modified Alfa Romeo Giulia?platform, expect a big weight reduction (up to 500 pounds) and a twin-turbocharged “Hurricane” four cylinder in the engine mix. That mill, bound for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, is said to create in the area of 300 hp.
This report is the very first mention of the engine as being a twin-turbo unit.
FCA’s 2014C2018 product plan showed the actual Dodge Charger as well as Challenger’s current era ending in late 2018, but that plan obviously wasn’t set in stone. This past year, reports surfaced of the automaker’s plans to delay the introduction of several new models, including the LX platform full-sizers.
The current generation from the Charger, Challenger as well as Chrysler 300 dates in order to 2011, with the last styling refresh coming in 2014. The LX platform transported all models since their own birth.
It seems that debt-laden FCA wants to squeeze as much existence out of its products as it can. Last week, a study said the Avoid Grand Caravan, slated with regard to extinction in 2017, would live until 2019.
Panic reportedly broke out earlier this month at FCA’s aging Brampton, Ontario assembly plant following CEO Sergio Marchionne mused that the next-generation 300 could use a Chrysler Pacifica platform.?The source cited through Automotive News didn’t mention the actual 300, however?– just the Charger.
When this eventually shows up, research indicates the next-generation Charger might resemble the 2000 Charger R/T concept car. That design study sported coupe-like styling more closely aligned using the model’s heritage.