Dodge has said that 50% of its portfolio will be electric by 2030.
That’s right, a new platform will underpin the Dodge cars and cradle a V8 engine.
And it’s quite profitable. Not only are the Dodge Challenger and Charger hugely important for the brand’s image but unlike many cars, they make money. Since 2006, Dodge has sold more than 2,1560,000 units excluding 2022 numbers. This is in large part the motivation behind holding on to the V8 for the next-generation cars.
Part of the reason why they make money, beyond their desirable reputation, performance, and styling, is the fact that they are assembled on the twice-adjusted 2002-era Mercedes-Benz W211 E-Class and W220 S-Class platform. The new cars will be fitted atop a new large Stellantis rear-drive platform is coming and it can fit a V8 engine, according to Motor Trend.
No details are known as of yet but it is expected that the all-new 3.0-litre twin-turbo Hurricane inline-6 cylinder engine will serve as the base powertrain, replacing the aging but still smooth 3.6-litre V6. Best guess is that the Hurricane will come with two outputs while the top-trim high-powered models will be served by the Hellcat V8. Although nothing’s confirmed, we fear for the 392’s future…
As planned, Dodge will still offer EV versions however they will be assembled on a dedicated platform.