For a fleeting second, it appeared that Dodge’s Hemi-powered coupe and sedan would possibly continue to exist throughout the starting of the “eMuscle” generation in any case. A tale revealed past due final week by way of Motor Development cited nameless resources claiming that Dodge deliberate to ship a next-generation Charger and Challenger on a brand new internal-combustion, rear-wheel-drive platform with area for a V8, possibly after the present fashions rode into the sundown in 2024. That isn’t going down, and we all know as a result of Dodge simply stated so.
No matter follows Dodge’s present fanatic choices can be completely battery-electric, probably the most corporate’s spokespeople has showed to Motor1:
“The [Motor Trend] tale is flawed,” stated the spokesperson. “The Hemi in that platform, in addition to that platform, are going away. The following technology can be BEV.”
On this case, the “platform” the spokesperson is relating to is in reality two: the LD for the Charger and LA for the Challenger. Each are closely derived from the Bush-administration LX, offered in 2006 along the Charger, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum. (Oh, the Magnum. By no means fail to remember the wagon they took from us.)
Anyway, Dodge’s rejection of that too-good-to-be-true record indubitably tracks, as a result of emblem CEO Tim Kuniskis already informed Motor Development final November that “those vehicles that you recognize lately will move out of manufacturing by the point we get to 2024.” Kuniskis similar this with none point out of an ICE successor to the present duo, powered by way of both V8s or Stellantis’ new Storm turbocharged inline six. It was once beautiful transparent that Dodge’s first all-electric muscle automotive, additionally deliberate for 2024, will inherit the entire consideration that in the past belonged to the Charger and Challenger.
Talking of, the place is that legendary EV, precisely? In that November interview, Kuniskis informed Motor Development that we’d get to look a completely operational prototype of the car no later than the second one quarter of 2022. We’re now within the 3rd. One thing held it again — one thing “outdoor [the]business” — and the CEO admitted that during April to Muscle Automobiles & Vehicles:
“TBD… we argue about (the divulge timeline of the electrical Dodge muscle automotive thought) so much,” stated Kuniskis. “I’m pushing truly truly laborious to get this factor out and into public view, and display you what we’re doing and the way we’re doing it other as rapid as I will. It drives me loopy that different individuals are method out in entrance in their headlights and I’m now not.”
Tim additionally hinted that there’s any other part to the car’s divulge that should get in sync, however didn’t totally elaborate what that was once.
“There’s one truly essential piece that is going with (the divulge) that’s outdoor of my regulate, and it’s outdoor our business somewhat frankly, that I would like the 2 to be in combination after I display you this automotive. And I don’t wish to do it disjointed,” he stated. “When that items comes in combination we’ll come to a decision once we’re gonna display it. It is going to be faster reasonably than later. My hope is that you simply’ll see this automotive smartly prior to we get to that Velocity Week, so smartly prior to we get to August is my hope.”
Velocity Week is a string of Dodge-themed occasions in Pontiac, Michigan. The logo has scheduled 3 days of finds between Monday, August 15 and Wednesday, August 17. A kind of is certain to be the brand new Hornet crossover, in accordance with the Alfa Romeo Tonale. Any other — a anonymous “long term muscle automotive” — sounds so much like that long-awaited Charger/Challenger sequel. No matter you’re anticipating, simply don’t be expecting a Hemi.