Rumours said the next generation of the Charger and Challenger would still be available with the Hemi engine
Dodge now says these two models will be exclusively powered by electricity
The current generation of Charger and Challenger could be sold alongside the new electric models for a few years
Recent rumours said that the upcoming next generation of the Dodge Charger and the Challenger would still be available with the Hemi V8 engine, but the brand has now put a stop to those rumours.
Indeed, the automaker says the new generation of these two models will be exclusively electric and they will be built on an all-new platform that will be developed especially for EVs.
Stellantis doesn’t have an electric vehicle on sale in North America yet, but if it is able to follow the electrification roadmap it laid out over the past few years, we should see many new electric vehicles arrive for all of its brands by the end of the decade.
Indeed, Jeep will launch its first electric vehicle next year, and this model will be followed by an electric Ram pickup and an electric crossover and minivan from Chrysler. To this, the company has now added the Charger and the Challenger, the latter of which could be the long-promised electric muscle car from Dodge.
Few details are known about the next generation of the Charger and Challenger except that it will signal the end for the LX platform, which has been in use since 2005 by the current models and the Chrysler 300.
According to the automaker, the arrival of these electric versions in the next few years will not mean the death of the gasoline-powered Dodge muscle car, since the current models will be sold alongside them for a number of years.
In addition, Dodge says that its V8 engines won’t be retired quietly, since it intends to offer a 900-horsepower version of the Hellcat engine found in the top-of-the-line Chargers and Challengers.