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Dodge Challenger to continue until 2023

Dodge Challenger to continue until 2023

 

Hints out of FCA indicate that the current Dodge Challenger will continue in production until at least 2023. The current platform delivers everything you would expect from a Challenger and then some so this isn’t entirely unexpected. When a car is already this good, where do you go from here?

Dodge obviously thinks the same as they have indicated that this current model will continue for another three years. I’m sure there will be modest updates during that time to keep up with the competition but don’t expect anything significant in that time.

This is going to be a delicate balance for Dodge. The majority of consumers are shifting away from V8s towards turbos and smaller engines. There is a seismic shift in attitude towards emissions and no matter where you stand on the subject, the industry is moving along with those attitudes. There have been no rumours around the Challenger going electric but the rest of the industry is so Dodge will eventually have to respond.

Where that will leave the Challenger, especially the Hellcat is anybody’s guess. In the meantime, let’s enjoy these cars while we can!

2020 Dodge Challenger

The 2020 Dodge Challenger is a specific car with a specific purpose. It has looks to suit that purpose. Mean, sizeable and planted. It’s an attractive look that has no real aero pretensions but harks back to the muscle car heyday while keeping current.

The 2020 Dodge Challenger is a two door sedan with a considerable floorpan. It’s a big car with a big hood to hide an often big engine. Inside is more modest, with an equally planted driving position, supportive seats and room in the back for two adults.

Under that hood is either a 3.6-litre V6 that delivers 305 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque, a 5.7-litre V8 that delivers 375 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque or a 6.4-litre V8 that delivers 485 hp and 476 lb-ft of torque. There is of course the supercharged V8 Hellcat engine that delivers 797 hp.

The Challenger is a heavy car but hides it well with very cleverly tuned suspension and chassis. There is of course plenty of power to compensate for the weight too. Steering is responsive and direct, ride character is firm but forgiving and can be tuned to be race or drag strip ready with ease.

The 2020 Challenger is available in SXT, GT, R/T, R/T Scat Pack, SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye trims. Each has a range of included features and a long list of options. That list is impressive and is something we have always loved about the big Dodge. While you won’t get the latest safety tech, you will get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a wide range of wheel and setup options, SRT driving modes and a whole lot more.

The 2020 Dodge Challenger is a lot of car for your money and we can confidently say this is the best Challenger yet. While the model itself is set to remain, we still expect to see incremental updates until the entire car is replaced sometime in 2023.

Visit Unique Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, 915 Walkers Line, Burlington, ON  L7N 3V8 to see the Challenger up close.

 

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