Dodge revives two racing trims, Honda brings its five-door Civic Hatchback stateside for the first time, and Ford takes its Super Duty on a road trip. It’s all in this week’s Auto News in :60.
2017 Dodge Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona
Dodge is feeling nostalgic again. The automaker is bringing back its Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona trims, first made famous in 1969.
The 2017 models are nods to Dodge’s racing heritage. As such, they feature performance, exhaust and styling upgrades which include a Mopar cold induction system.
There are two engine choices – a 5.7-liter V8 or the 6.4-liter Hemi V8, aka “392”. The T/A offers three trims levels, the Daytona just two. The T/A also has a very cool feature — new LED “Air Catcher” headlamps that project the T/A logo.
Daytona order books open in September, the T/A books open in October. Prices start around $38,000 for the base T/A model and stretch to around $46,000 for the Daytona “392”.
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback
Honda is finally bringing its five-door Civic Hatchback stateside. It arrives in America this fall with one engine choice – but it’s a good one. It’s a 1.5-liter turbo inline-4 cylinder that peaks at 180-horses depending on your trim level. Better still, you can swap out the CVT for a six-speed manual on some of the trims.
“The Civic Hatch has been a staple for Honda in Europe, but has long been the forbidden fruit for Honda fans in the U.S.,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of American Honda. “Now, we’re bringing this sporty, stylish and versatile Civic Hatchback to North America, as we amp up the performance of our incredible Civic lineup with each new Civic model.”
The new Civic Hatchback is the basis for the high-performance Civic Type R due out next year. Pricing information is still to come.
2017 Ford Super Duty Tour
Ford is on the road. It’s offering special test drives of its new 2017 Ford Super Duty at stops across the country through mid-November.
Trucks on the tour include fully-loaded F-250s, F-350s, and F-450s. You’ll get a chance to get behind the wheel of the Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum models. If you go, you can also enter to win a new Super Duty.
The first Ford Super Duty’s started shipping from Ford’s Kentucky plant earlier in August. It’s the truck’s first complete overhaul in 18 years.
You can find the list of cities and dates here.